'Hunger' strikes at Chicago fest


A U.K./Ireland film, "Hunger," won the Gold Hugo at the 44th annual Chicago International Film Festival.

Directed by Steve McQueen, the film about a hunger strike in Northern Ireland's HM Prison Maze in 1981 was singled out by the festival jury Saturday for its "uncompromisingly disturbing story of the courage to fight for one's belief."

The festival, which began Oct. 16, concludes Wednesday.

In the documentary category, the U.S. film "Valentino: The Last Emperor" won the Gold Hugo. Directed by Matt Tymauer, it is a glimpse into the life of fashion designer Valentino Garavani.

"Tokyo Sonata" (Japan/ Netherlands/Hong Kong), directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, won the Grand Jury Prize. Henrik Ruben Genz won a Silver Hugo for direction for "Terribly Happy" (Denmark), a genre mix centering on a Copenhagen policeman who is reassigned to a provincial town.

The Silver Hugo for best actor was given to Michael Fassbender for "Hunger," while Preity Zinta won best actress for "Heaven on Earth."

On Wednesday, Viggo Mortensen will be given a career achievement award. (partialdiff)