The Chicago International Film Festival is an annual film festival held every fall. Founded in 1964 by Michael Kutza, it is the longest-running competitive film festival in North America. Its logo is a stark, black and white close up of the composite eyes of early film actresses Theda Bara, Pola Negri and Mae Murray, set as repeated frames in a strip of film.
In 2010, the 46th Chicago International Film Festival presented 150 films from more than 50 countries. The Festival's program is composed of many different sections, including the International Competition, New Directors Competition, Docufest, Black Perspectives, Cinema of the Americas, and Reel Women.
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The International Connections Program was created in 2003 in order to raise awareness of the international film culture and diversity of Chicago, and to make the festival more appealing to audience and staff of various ethnicities. Foreign films are screened for free throughout the city weekly from July through September.
|1965||The Lollipop Cover||Everett Chambers||United States|||
|1966||Bushido (Bushidō zankoku monogatari)||Tadashi Imai||Japan|||
|1967||Here's Your Life (Här har du ditt liv)||Jan Troell||Sweden|||
|1968||Innocence Unprotected (Nevinost bez zastite)||Dušan Makavejev||Yugoslavia|||
|1969||Eeny Meeny Miny Moe (Ole dole doff)||Jan Troell||Sweden|||
|1970||The Green Wall (La muralla verde)||Armando Robles Godoy||Peru|||
|1971||Mon oncle Antoine||Claude Jutra||Canada|||
|1972||Bleak Moments||Mike Leigh||United Kingdom|||
|1974||Pirosmani||Georgy Shengalaya||Soviet Union|||
|1975||Land of Promise (Ziemia obiecana)||Andrzej Wajda||Poland|||
|1976||Kings of the Road (Im Lauf der Zeit)||Wim Wenders||West Germany|||
|1977||The Huntsmen (Oi kynigoi)||Theo Angelopoulos||Greece|||
|1978||To an Unknown God (A un dios desconocido)||Jaime Chávarri||Spain|||
|1979||Angi Vera||Pál Gábor||Hungary|||
|1980||Camera Buff (Amator)||Krzysztof Kieślowski||Poland|||
|1981||The German Sisters (Die bleierne Zeit)||Margarethe von Trotta||West Germany|||
|1982||Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean||Robert Altman||United States|||
|1983||The South (El Sur)||Victor Erice|| Spain
|1984||Khandhar (The Ruins)||Mrinal Sen||India|||
|1985||The Official Story (La historia oficial)||Luis Puenzo||Argentina|||
|1986||Welcome in Vienna (Wohin und zurück)||Axel Corti|| Austria
|1987||Whooping Cough (Szamárköhögés)||Péter Gárdos||Hungary|||
|1988||Little Vera (Malenkaya Vera)||Vasili Pichul||Soviet Union|||
|1989||Zerograd (Gorod Zero)||Karen Chakhnazarov||Soviet Union|||
|1990||Ju Dou||Zhang Yimou|| China
|1991||Delicatessen||Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro||France|||
|1992||Dream of Light (El sol del membrillo)||Victor Erice||Spain|||
|1993||Twinkle (Kira kira hikaru)||Joji Matsuoka||Japan|||
|1994||71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls)||Michael Haneke|| Austria
|1995||Maborosi (Maboroshi no Hikari)||Hirokazu Koreeda||Japan|||
|1997||The Winter Guest||Alan Rickman||United Kingdom|||
|1998||The Hole (Dong)||Tsai Ming-liang||Taiwan|||
|1999||Sachs' Disease (La maladie de Sachs)||Michel Deville||France|||
|2000||Amores perros||Alejandro González Iñárritu||Mexico|||
|2001||Fat Girl (À ma soeur!)||Catherine Breillat||France|||
|2002||Madame Satã||Karim Aïnouz||Brazil|||
|2003||Crimson Gold (Talaye Sorkh)||Jafar Panahi||Iran|||
|2005||My Nikifor (Mój Nikifor)||Krzysztof Krauze||Poland|||
|2006||Fireworks Wednesday (Chaharshanbe Suri)||Asghar Farhadi||Iran|||
|2007||Silent Light (Stellet Lijcht)||Carlos Reygadas||Mexico|||
|2009||Mississippi Damned||Tina Mabry||United States|||
|2010||How I Ended This Summer (Kak ya provyol etim letom)||Alexei Popogrebski||Russia|||
|2011||Le Havre||Aki Kaurismäki||Finland|||
|2012||Holy Motors||Leos Carax||France|
|2013||My Sweet Pepper Land||Huner Saleem||Iraq|
|2014||The President||Mohsen Makhmalbaf|| Georgia
|2015||A Childhood||Philippe Claudel||France|||
|2017||A Sort of Family||Diego Lerman||Argentina|||
|2018||Happy as Lazzaro||Alice Rohrwacher|| Italy
Winners of the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award include Steven Spielberg, Helen Hunt, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Landau, Shirley MacLaine, Lord Richard Attenborough, François Truffaut, Jodie Foster, Sigourney Weaver, Robin Williams, Manoel de Oliveira, and Clint Eastwood.
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The film participated in the 62nd Venice International Film Festival and was shown at the 41st Chicago International Film Festival.Kontroll
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The film was written and directed by Nimród Antal and stars Sándor Csányi, Zoltán Mucsi, and Csaba Pindroch. The film was entered in a number of film festivals in Europe and North America. It won the Gold Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival and was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. It was also Hungary's submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2004 Academy Awards.Lifted (2006 film)
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The short premiered on October 12, 2006, at the 42nd Chicago International Film Festival at Columbia College, and was released theatrically and on home media with Pixar's Ratatouille (June 29, 2007).List of awards and nominations received by Stargate Atlantis
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Golden Hugo Award