Chicago, IL-- The 47th Chicago International Film Festival welcomes back French
film director/producer Claude Lelouch to celebrate his rich fifty year history
as a filmmaker. The Festival will present Lelouch with a Silver Hugo award at
the Saturday October 8th 7:30 p.m. screening of What Love May Bring, Lelouch’s 43rd film, at the AMC
River East 21. A second Lelouch film, From
One Film to Another, will be screened as part of the Festival’s DOCUFEST
showcase. Mr. Lelouch will also attend the October 7th, 6 p.m.
screening of From One Film to Another.
Claude Lelouch was the subject of a retrospective during the 22nd Chicago International Film Festival in 1986, when he received a Career Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the international film industry.
telling the legendary
opening shot of From One Film to Another
is a testament to Lelouch’s genius and his love for the liberating potential of
film,” said Lee Ferdinand, Programmer for the 47th Chicago
International Film Festival. “Lelouch launches us from a ‘canon’ into his own
filmography by strapping a camera into a car and speeding through the streets
In 1960, Lelouch founded his own production company, Les Films 13. For the next two years, he produced Scopitones, two and three minute film clips to accompany recordings played on juke boxes with tiny movie screens, which were the forerunners to music videos.
After being discouraged by lack of financial success and critical recognition, Lelouch took a vacation to a French coastal resort town in 1965 and came up with the story for A Man and a Woman, which won 2 Academy Awards® (Best Foreign Film and Best Screenplay) and a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The film’s critical and commercial success granted Lelouch the artistic and financial freedom to make the films he wanted to make. In 1970, Lelouch won the David di Donatello Award (Best Director of a Foreign Film) for The Crook, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and in 1975, his film, And Now My Love was named Best Foreign Language Film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Lelouch has been an advocate for young unknown directors. Since the establishment of Les Films 13, he has produced or co-produced more than 20 features by first time filmmakers.
TICKET INFOAll events, except Opening Night, are at the AMC River East 21,
Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 47th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include: Premiere Partners-- American Airlines, Lincoln; Producing Partners-- AMC Theaters, DePaul University's School of Cinema and Interactive Media, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partners-- Allstate, Intersites; Supporting Partners-- Applitite, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Brugal Rum, Kodak, Second City Computers, WBBM, and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago.
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Hugo Television Awards (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.
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