News ID: 202816
Published: 0232 GMT October 21, 2017

Iran scoops two awards at Chicago festival

Iran scoops two awards at Chicago festival

Two Iranian films received gold and silver awards at the 2017 Chicago International Film Festival which began on October 12 and will continue until October 26.

Iranian drama 'No Date, No Signature' took the Gold Hugo (the festival's grand prize for the best film) at the event.

Directed by Vahid Jalilvand, the drama narrates the story of a forensic pathologist Kaveh Nariman (played by Amir Aqaei), a principled and virtuous man, who has an accident with a motorcyclist (Mohammadzadeh) and his family, in which his eight-year-old son is injured. He pays compensation to the man and offers to take the child to a nearby clinic. The next morning, he discovers that the same little boy has been brought in for an autopsy. Nariman faces a dilemma now: Is he responsible for the child's death due to the accident or did he died of food poisoning according to other doctors' diagnosis?

Also, another Iranian film, 'A Man of Integrity' (Lerd) by Mohammad Rasoulof, won the best screenplay Silver Plaque in the event.

In 'Lerd', Reza moves to the countryside to establish a goldfish farm, but in the dusty town where he settles, a powerful corporate entity calls the shots — and has designs on his property.

'A Sort of Family', an Argentinian drama about a doctor's risky adoption, won the top prize.

This year, the festival's panel of jury awarded directing honors to Joanna Kos-Krause and co-director Krzysztof Krauze for the Polish feature 'Birds are Singing in Kigali'. The jury prize went to the Senegal/France/Belgium co-production 'Felicite'.

The festival's annual Roger Ebert Award for emerging filmmakers went to Colombian director Laura Mora ('Killing Jesus').

And in the Chicago award category for locally generated work, Stephen Cone's 'Princess Cyd' continued its steady success on the festival circuit.

The Chicago International Film Festival is an annual film festival held each fall. Founded in 1964 by Michael Kutza, it is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America.

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