REELING: Chicago International LGBTQ+ Film Festival Announces Winners | Chicago Reel

The 40th Annual REELING: Chicago International LGBTQ+ Film Festival has announced this year’s winners in the feature film categories.

The winner of the AARP Silver Image Award was also announced, presented by sponsor AARP Illinois, an award that champions films with multidimensional LGBTQ+ characters aged 50 and older.

The festival presented 51 programs, including 37 feature films, 1 web series and 13 short film programs, with films from 26 different countries.

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature:
Two eyes by Travis Fine

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature:
Jimmy in Saigon by Peter McDowell

AARP Silver Image Award Winner:
Prognosis: Notes on life by Debra Chasnoff and Kate Stilley Steiner

The Silver Image Award jury, made up of volunteers and members of AARP IL, said they were “moved by this exceptional film that focuses on the beauty and pain of caring for those we love in aging. The journey of Debra Chasnoff and his wife Nancy, along with their family (formal and chosen), is a universal story of love and support.

Best Narrative Feature:
Elephant by Kamil Krawczycki

“Even without knowing the harsh conditions of the film (shot in the ‘gay free zone’ of Poland), the tone, pace and location of this heartache of a young love story is delightful narrative content – such a complex and beautiful experience. Bonus points for bravery and sensitivity in storytelling. (And lead actor Jan Hrynkiewicz is nothing but Poland’s Timothee Chalamet.)” – Reeling 40 Narrative Feature Jury

Best Documentary Feature:
Uýra: the rising forest by Juliana Curi

“The filmmakers’ poetic, elliptical approach matches the worldview and work of the performance artist/activist at the center of the film. Amid Jair Bolsonaro’s hellish attacks on decency and the environment, this ragtag group of polygender and Indigenous activists demonstrates how both delicate and unbreakable resistance can be. The result is an unforgettable, lyrical documentary that excels on every level. It’s a beautiful, inspiring film that nurtures hope in the face of climate change – Reeling 40 Documentary Feature Jury

The prizes for the short films will be announced shortly.

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