Though screenings continue for several more days (and I'm still frantically writing up reviews from my sojourn in the city), the Chicago International Film Festival held its award ceremony this weekend, and honored a mostly international slate of films, including NYFF hitThe Death of Mr. Lazarescu, and one of the more controversial films that I saw whilst in town, La Moustache. The international jury awarded its top prixe, the Gold Hugo, to My Nikifor, a period piece about an artist struggling under Communist rule directed by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Krauze. Second place in that category went to Lazarescu, whilst the documentary grand prize was awarded to The Boys of Baraka. Moustache, a dark French psychological comedy that sparked much discussion over its open-ended, non-linear narrative, took home the FIPRESCI Prize, which is awarded to emerging filmmakers, and Inka Friedrich and Nadja Uhl, the very good stars of the German, Dogme-esque Summer in Berlin, shared the actress prize.

I'll be posting reviews of Moustache and Berlin today and tomorrow. If you're in Chicago tonight, try to check out Alicia Scherson's Play. An award winner at Tribeca, it screens tonight at 6:15 PM at the River East.