US Premiere of the “Birds Are Singing in Kigali” in the International Feature Competition of the Chicago Film Festival / by Ada Zielinska

Birds Are Singing in Kigali will compete for the prestigious Gold Hugo Award at the 53rd edition of the Chicago International Film Festival. Festival, starting on Oct 12th will present the film’s US Premiere.

Eleven of the 16 films competing for the Festival’s top honor, the Gold Hugo, in this year’s International Competition are made by Festival alumni returning with their latest masterpieces, including previous Gold Hugo winners (Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze and Aki Kaurismäki) and Silver Hugo winners (Mohammad Rasoulof and Diego Lerman). The Competition is rounded out by a collection of internationally celebrated, award-winning filmmakers and directors with ambitious second feature-length films (Jimena Montemayor, Andrea Pallaoro, and Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza).

“All of the films in this exceptional competition are defined by the strength of their storytelling and their powerful emotional resonance. It is very exciting that a number of Festival favorites are returning with their most recent work, as we continue to trace their careers,” said Artistic Director Mimi Plauché “Be it the streets of Kinshasa, a small Georgian village, the borderlands between the Ukraine and Slovakia, or the highways of Los Angeles, each film has a unique flavor in its specificity of place while telling stories that have universal reach.”

The Festival’s Closing Night presentation will be Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water which was recently honored with the Golden Lion at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, with a special tribute to star Michael Shannon, an actor with deep Chicago roots.

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