Mimi Plauché, Head of Programming of the Chicago International Film Festival, called it a "privilege to honor them," saying each of these actress's work "has transcended time and I know that we will continue to see great things from each of them for years to come."
On October 14, Joan Allen will participate in an in-depth discussion of her career during a program called "An Evening with Joan Allen" at 6 p.m. at the AMC River East. She will also be present for CIFF's "The Chicagoans" and "REELWOMEN" programs. In 1989, Allen won a Tony® for her performance in Lanford Wilson's, "Burn This," before going on to receive Academy Award® nominations for her work in "Nixon," "The Crucible" and "The Contender."
The Festival's Black Perspectives program will honor Viola Davis with the CIFF's Career Achievement Award on October 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the AMC River East, as well as the Silver Hugo. An award ceremony and a reflection of Davis' work will follow the program. Davis has been an Academy Award® nominee for both her performance's in "Doubt," as well as "The Help."
Helen Hunt will attend a Special Presentation of Ben Lewin's film "The Sessions" and accept the Silver Hugo on October 20 at 7 p.m. at the AMC River East. She will also join in a Q&A session after the film. Hunt is an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Emmy® award winner. She has starred in such film as "As Good As It Gets," and "Cast Away," among others.
The 48th Chicago International Film Festival will take place on October 11-25, 2012.
Watch "Breaking Lessons," the documentary about "The Sessions" subject Mark O'Brien, below: