The 41st Chicago International Film Festival announced that Niki Caro's ("Whale Rider") "North Country" is its 2005 Audience Choice Award winner, determined by film lovers who attended the festival. A Gold Plaque went to "North Country," a Warner Bros. release, which stars Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron ("Monster"). "North Country" is a fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment legal case in the United States. Also in the festival's top-10 favorite films are: "The Boys of Baraka" by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (USA), "Border Cafe" by Kambuzia Partovi (Iran), "After Innocence" by Jessica Sanders (USA), "Mrs. Henderson Presents" by Stephen Frears (United Kingdom), "The Devil's Miner" by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani (USA), "Transamerica" by Duncan Tucker (USA), "October 17, 1961" by Alain Tasma (France), "Fateless" by Lajos Koltai (Hungary), and "How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (and Enjoy It)" by Joe Angio (USA). [Brian Brooks]