CHICAGO, IL (October 8, 2013) - The 49th Chicago International Film Festival, North America’s oldest competitive international film festival, is pleased to announce the Jury members for the International Feature Competition. The jury is comprised of French director and writer Sarah Bouyain, German actor Burghart Klaussner, Brazilian film director Lúcia Murat, Italian/British film producer and journalist Donald K. Ranvaud and American producer Robert Teitel.
The jury will present the Gold Hugo to the best film of the 16 films in competition as well as awards in the categories of acting, directing and writing, among others. Past Gold Hugo winners include: Leos Caraix’s Holy Motors (2012, France), Steve McQueen’s Hunger (2008, UK), Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores Perros (2000, Mexico), Zhang Yimou’s Ju Dou (1990, China) and Wim Wenders’ Kings of the Road (1976, Germany).
Sarah Bouyain (France)
Sarah Bouyain is a French director and writer. Born in Reims, France in 1968, she is the daughter of a French mother and a Burkinabe father. She studied cinematography at the Louis Lumière School of Cinematography in France. Bouyain wrote and directed Children of the White Men a documentary about mixed race children born from African mothers and French soldiers during the French colonization of Burkina Faso. She also wrote and directed The Place In Between, which was an official selection at many international film festivals including Venice, Toronto, and Chicago.
Burghart Klaussner (Germany)
Burghart Klaussner is a German born actor with over 50 film credits to his name. He has won numerous awards and is best known for his work in political films. Educated at the Max Reinhard School in Berlin, he is well respected as both a film and theater actor. Some of his recent accolades include his roles in The Educators (2004), The Man from the Embassy (2006) and The White Ribbon (2009). He currently lives in Hamburg and is a member of the Hamburg Free Academy of the Arts and an elected board member of the German Film Academy.
Lúcia Murat (Brazil)
Lúcia Murat is an award-winning director of documentaries and narrative features from Brazil. After being arrested and tortured as a member of the Brazilian leftist “guerrilha,” the experience had a lasting impact on her life and has greatly influenced her work. Her first feature, How Nice to See You Alive (1988), premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and revealed a filmmaker dedicated to women’s rights and political issues. Her films examine income inequality, corruption in political structures and the construction of ideology. Her most recent narrative feature, Memories They Told Me (2013), looks at terrorism, defeated utopias and the creation of myth. It was awarded the Best Film Prize by the FIPRESCI Jury at the 2013 Moscow International Film Festival.
Donald K. Ranvaud (Italy/Great Britain)
Donald K. Ranvaud has been working in the film industry as a journalist and producer for several decades. In addition to his numerous published books, he founded the film magazine, Framework, and has free-lanced with several publications including Sight and Sound, The Guardian, and Cahiers du Cinema. He has spent much of his career as a producer, with a special interest in Latin American cinema and has garnered 12 Oscar nominations. He has produced dozens of acclaimed films including Life on a String, Farewell My Concubine, Central Station, City of God, and The Constant Gardener. He is currently discovering and nurturing filmmakers as the President of the London-based film production company “Buena Onda.”
Robert Teitel (USA)
Chicago native Robert Teitel graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Film and Marketing. While at Columbia, he formed a production company called Menagerie Films in collaboration with director George Tillman (2013 Chicago International Film Festival Career Achievement Award recipient). In 1994, he raised $150,000 to produce Scenes For the Soul, a feature shot in Chicago, using local talent and resources. He sold it to Savoy Pictures for $1 million and hasn’t looked back since. He is known for such films as Soul Food (1997), Men of Honor (2000), Barbershop (2002), Notorious (2009), and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (2013).
The awards ceremony will be held Friday October 18 at 9 pm at the W Chicago City Center (172 W. Adams). Awards will also be presented in these competitive categories: New Directors Competition, Chicago Award, DocuFest, Shorts and After Dark. Past award winners have gone on to win Oscars® and Golden Globe® awards, among other notable recognitions. Awards Night is a night for the 49th Chicago International Film Festival juries, filmmakers and guests to come together and celebrate each other’s achievements.
Awards Night Sponsors
Lead Sponsors: Michigan Avenue Magazine and Spotlight Cinema Networks. Evening Partners: W Chicago City Center, Stella Artois, Effen Vodka and Tres Generaciones®
Led by Presenting Partner Columbia College Chicago, the 49th Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include: Official Airline - American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel - JW Marriott Chicago; Official Vehicle - Mercedes-Benz; Producing Partners: AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partners: Illinois Office of Tourism and Intersites; Supporting Partners: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella Artois, Effen Vodka, WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: State Farm, AARP, Tres Generaciones®, Comcast, Allstate, Spotlight Cinema Networks, Casale del Giglio, Second City Computers, Shutterbox Entertainment, Gibson’s Restaurant Group, RL Restaurant, Creative Technology and Lavazza Espression.
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