Italian magical-realist fable “Happy as Lazzaro” yesterday won the Gold Hugo in the international feature film competition at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival held in Illinois, U.S.A.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the jury handed the top prize to writer-director Alice Rohrwacher, whose well-received drama also took home the screenplay prize earlier this year at the Cannes film festival.
Sudabeh Mortezai’s Austrian feature set in the sex-trafficking underworld, “Joy”, took home the second-place Silver Hugo prize.
And in the “New Directors” category, the romantic triangle “The Third Wife” from Vietnam received a Gold Hugo.
Chicago Tribune adds the film titled “[Censored],” by Australian filmmaker Sari Braithwaite, took home the top prize in the documentary slate. The 63-minute documentary reportedly spotlights movie scenes censored by the Australian government between 1951 and 1978.
You can look up the rest of the winners here.