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Chicago International Film Festival Announces Juries for 48th Annual Competitions

CHICAGO, IL (October 4, 2012) - The 48th Chicago International Film Festival is pleased to announce the juries for the various competitions of North America’s longest-running competitive film festival, taking place October 11-25.

The International Feature Competition jury is comprised of Montreal World Film Festival general director Danièle Cauchard, French film director Patrice Chéreau, South African/British actress and producer Alice Krige, American independent filmmaker Joe Maggio and Egyptian film star
Amr Waked.

MAIN COMPETITION
Danièle Cauchard (Canada)
Danièle Cauchard has been involved in the field of cinema since she started programming at the Montreal Conservatory of Cinematographic Art in 1975. During the 24 years she spent as head programmer of this institution, until 1998, she organized a large number of retrospectives of films from all around the world. She has been simultaneously involved in the organization of the Montreal World Film Festival since its creation in 1977. In her capacity as General Director, she is in charge of the general organization of the Festival, including administrative responsibilities and programming. Presenting approximately 400 features and short films every year to professionals and the general public, the Festival is one of the most popular film festivals in the world.

Patrice Chéreau (France)
Patrice Chéreau is a world renowned film, theater, and opera director. He began directing theater and opera in the early 1970s in both France and Italy. He made his debut in film directing in 1975 with Flesh of the Orchid (1975), starring Charlotte Rampling and Simone Signoret.  Since then, his films have gone on to play and win awards at the Cannes Film Festival (The Wounded Man (1983), Queen Margot (1994, Jury Prize), Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998)), the Berlin International Film Festival (Intimacy (2001, Golden Bear) and Son frère (2003, Silver Bear)), the Venice Film Festival (Gabrielle (2005) and Persécution (2009)) and the Chicago International Film Festival. He has also won Césars for The Wounded Man (Best Original Screenplay) and Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (Best Director). 

Alice Krige (South Africa / UK)
Alice Krige is a celebrated actor and producer. As an actor, she made her feature debut in the Academy Award®-winning Chariots of Fire as the singer Sybil Gordon. She has starred opposite some of Hollywood’s finest, including Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (Ghost Story),  Richard Gere (King David), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: First Contact), and Jeff Bridges (See You in the Morning) as well as in several remarkable art house films including the Quay Brothers’ Institute Benjamenta; Renee Daalder’s Habit; Twilight of the Ice Nymphs by Guy Maddin; Falling by Hans Herbots, Lonely Hearts with John Travolta and Salma Hayek, and Skin with Sam Neill. Krige was a leading lady at The Royal Shakespeare Company, playing Cordelia in Gambon’s King Lear, Miranda opposite Sir Derek Jacobi in The Tempest, and Roxanne, also with Sir Derek, in Cyrano de Bergerac. She won the coveted Olivier Award and the Plays and Players Award as well as two Saturns. Krige produced StringCaesar, featured in this year’s Chicago International Film Festival, as well as Shingetsu, which she co-wrote with Paul Schoolman and Gunter Singer and is currently in post-production.

Joe Maggio (USA) 
Joe Maggio is an award-winning independent filmmaker. His debut feature, Virgil Bliss (2001) received two nominations from the 2002 Independent Spirit Awards, including the John Cassavetes Award for Best Feature made for under $500,000. Maggio’s second film, Milk + Honey premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the Atlanta Film Festival. His most recent feature, The Last Rites of Joe May, opened the 47th Chicago International Film Festival. Roger Ebert listed Joe May as one of the best films of 2011. Maggio is currently working on two new features - The Fall, produced by Alix Madigan and Anonymous Content, and Supermoto, his second collaboration with Larry Fessenden's Glasseye Pix. He also recently completed his second live radio drama, Ram King, starring Vincent D'Onofrio.

Amr Waked (Egypt)
Amr Waked majored in Economics and Drama at the American University in Cairo in 1994. He began working as a stock broker after graduating while also a member of the Temple Theatre Troupe. He made his film debut in 1999 in Fallen Angels Paradise, directed by Ossama Fawzy, launching his full-time acting career. He has gone on to play roles in Egyptian and International films, including Syriana (2005), Contagion (2011), and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011). In 2005, he co-founded zad production with Salah Al Hanafy. Waked and Al Hanafy co-produced and star in Winter of Discontent, featured in this year’s Chicago International Film Festival.
The 48th Chicago International Film Festival also announced the juries for its New Directors, Docufest, After Dark and Short Film Competitions.

The jury for the New Directors Competition consists of Dan Berger (USA), Rebeca Conget (USA), Jonathan Miller (USA) and John Russell Taylor (UK). The jury for the DOCUFEST Competition is Reiner Veit (Germany), Alicia Sams (USA) and Ruth Leitman (USA).  The jury for the After Dark Competition features Americans Jayme Joyce, Steve Prokopy and Ray Pride. The jury for the Short Film Competition is comprised of Americans Melika Bass, Ronald Falzone 
and Andrew Suprenant.

At the award ceremony October 19, the juries will present one outstanding film with the Gold Hugo in each category.  Additional awards will be given in the categories of acting, directing and writing. 

TICKET INFO
Tickets for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale and can be purchased online at the Festival Store: www.chicagofilmfestival.com/catalog/; via Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com/Chicago-International-Film-Festival-tickets-Chicago/venue/270346 ; by phone at 312-332-FILM (3456); or by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.). 

FESTIVAL SPONSORS
Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 48th Chicago International Film Festival's sponsors include: Official Airline - American Airlines; Producing Partners: AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partner: Intersites; Supporting Partners: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella Artois, Chris Pagano - Realtor, Land Rover, WBBM NEWSRADIO 780 AND 105.9FM, ShutterBox Photobooth, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: iN Demand, EC Charro, Brugal Rum, Creative America, Gibsons Restaurant Group, Second City Computers, Optimus; and the Festival's Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago. 

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ABOUT CINEMA/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 Chicago International Television Competition (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.

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