In a year of neighborhood change in the main screening venue, AMC NewCity 14, the Chicago International Film Festival, in the gray area known as “sort of Goose Island, sort of Old City”, was deemed worthy of the grand prize in the international feature juried competition. Hungarian-Slovak co-production “The Explanation of Everything.”
Director/co-writer Gábor Reisz’s Budapest-set comedy of errors follows a student who becomes embroiled in romantic and political entanglements beyond his control. It won the festival’s Gold Hugo award.
The Silver Hugo (second prize) in this category was awarded to Rodrigo Moreno. “Criminals” Set in Buenos Aires, the story of a bank treasurer who steals from his own bank to make his retirement years easier.
A total of 46 films competed for awards in various categories at this year’s festival. Became the winner of the New Directors Competition “Loaded” from Yemen. Winner of the Roger Ebert Award “Goodbye, Julia,” From director Mohamed Kordofani. Chicago Prize, given to works based in Illinois “We Have Grown Up Now” Cabrini-Green’s coming-of-age drama writer-director Minhal Baig.
International Documentary awards found their winners “Echo” Production from Mexico and Poland-Ukraine in second place “In Hindsight.”
The festival will continue at the festival venues until October 22. The final line-up of the “best of the festival” list on Sunday’s closing day will be announced to the public on October 21st at 10:00. chicagofilmfestival.com.
Michael Phillips is a Tribune critic.