‘Godland’, set in Iceland, wins top prize at Chicago film festival

“Godland,” a dire tale of a 19th-century Danish priest building a church in remote Iceland, won top prize Friday at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival, which runs through Sunday.

The International Feature Film Competition jury awarded the Hugo d’Or to this Denmark/Iceland/France/Sweden co-production directed by Hlynur Pálmason. Sixteenfilms competed for congratulations.

A Silver Hugo for Best Cinematography went to Maria von Hausswolff, who filmed “Godland.” The priest in the film takes glass plate photographs of people he meets during his Christianizing colonial mission.

A second-place Silver Hugo went to Lukas Dhont’s “Close,” which also earned a Gold Q-Hugo from the OutLook competition jury for films that “reflect the myriad perspectives and experiences of LGBTQ+ people.”

The five international feature jurors also awarded the Silver Hugos for Best Director to Maryam Touzani for “The Blue Caftan”; best screenplay to the screenwriters of “Saint Omer”; » best performance to Vicky Krieps in « Corsage »; » Best Five-Acting Ensemble Cast Performance in “The Beast”; and Best Production Design for “The Kings of the World”.

The jury created a prize for cinematic bravery to be awarded to Iranian author Jafar Panahi. His news “No Bears” is a self-referential story where he is embodied in the process of shooting a film under the eyes of the authorities.

Last July, Panahi was reportedly sentenced to Evin prison for five years in prison for “conspiracy and collusion against national security” and one year for “propaganda against the system”, according to judiciary spokesman Masoud Setayeshi. .

The jury of this year’s New Directors Competition voted a Hugo d’or for “Falcon Lake” by Charlotte Le Bon and a Hugo d’argent for “Piaffe” by Ann Oren. Two other films in this category won the Roger Ebert Award, given to “a filmmaker with a fresh and uncompromising vision”: “A Piece of Sky” by Michael Koch and “The Great Silence” by Katrine Brocks.

The jury of the International Documentary Competition awarded “Alis” (Colombia, Romania, Chile) by Clare Weiskopf and Nicolás Van Hemelryck a Hugo d’Or. A SilverHugo went to “The Natural History of Destruction” (Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands) by Sergei Loznitsa.

The festival’s annual Chicago Award goes to “King of Kings: Chasing Edward Jones.” The late Chicago legend in the title is the grandfather of Harriet Marin Jones, the film’s producer, writer and director.

Six other prizes were awarded to short films.

In late additions to the festival schedule, three winners screen in Sunday’s “Best of the Fest” slots at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.: 11:30 a.m. “King of Kings: Chasing Edward Jones”; 4:45 p.m. “Close” and 7 p.m. “Godland”. Ticket information athttps://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/festival/tickets/