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Abderrahmane Sissako Wins Best Director Award at 50th Annual Chicago International Film Festival

Abderrahmane Sissako Wins Best Director Award at 50th Annual Chicago International Film Festival

Last night
at the awards ceremony for the 50th Chicago
International Film Festival, director Abderrahmane Sissako won the Silver Hugo
grand prize for best director for his film “Timbuktu,” which was shown in competition
at CIFF.

The film, which
is Sissako’s fifth solo directing effort, deals with the real-life story of the 2012
stoning of a young unmarried couple, by Islamists, in a Northern Mali town
called Aguelhok.

After receiving
raves reviews and standing ovations at both the Cannes and New York Film Festivals, and other festival screenings, the film will be released theatrically here in
the U.S. by Cohen Media Group, on January 28, 2015.

The film
will be screened again at the Chicago Film Festival as one of the “Best of the Fest” selections, on Weds Oct. 22.

Here’s a clip:

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