The Chicago International Film Festival honors the work of incomparable film artists from across genres and disciplines.
Tribute to Kathryn Hahn
Glass Onion screening and Career Achievement Award presentation
Tuesday, October 18 at 6pm | Music Box Theatre
Emmy-nominated actress Kathryn Hahn will soon be seen in the upcoming Netflix film Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery portraying Claire Debella, a Connecticut governor running for senate. She is currently in production on Hulu’s limited series Tiny Beautiful Things based on the best-selling novel of the same title by Cheryl Strayed. She will soon begin production on Marvel’s Agatha: Coven of Chaos, which will debut on Disney+ late 2023. Recent television credits include Apple’s The Shrink Next Door as well as HBO’s Mrs. Fletcher; recent film credits include Private Life, Bad Moms, and Captain Fantastic.
Tribute to Sarah Polley and Luc Montpellier
Women Talking screening and Visionary Award presentation
Thursday, October 20 at 6:30pm | Music Box Theatre
Sarah Polley and Luc Montpellier have collaborated as director and cinematographer, respectively, on four film projects: the award-winning short film I Shout Love; Away From Her, which received Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for Polley and Best Actress for star Julie Christie; Take This Waltz, starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Sarah Silverman; and this year’s Women Talking, the story of an isolated religious community grappling with reconciling their reality with their faith, starring Rooney Mara and Claire Foy. Polley is also the director of Stories We Tell, which won Best Documentary Film awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Board of Review, and the New York Film Critics Circle. Polley also executive produced and wrote the Netflix series Alias, Grace, and as an actor has starred in a wide variety of films including, most notably, Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter. Montpellier’s recent credits include Amazon’s Tales From The Loop, Netflix’s Tiny Pretty Things, and Starz’s Counterpart.
Tribute to Anna Diop
Nanny screening and Rising Star Award presentation
Friday, October 21 at 6pm | AMC River East 21
Senegalese-American actress Anna Diop delivers an unforgettable performance in Nikyatu Jusu’s highly-anticipated thriller Nanny. She brings tremendous nuance and depth to the role of Aisha, an immigrant piecing together a new life in New York City forced to confront a concealed truth that threatens to shatter her precarious American Dream. Winner of this year’s Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Nanny is set to premiere theatrically in November. Also celebrated for her work as Starfire in the DC Universe live-action series Titans on HBO Max and on the FOX series 24: LEGACY playing opposite Corey Hawkins, Diop is a gifted talent whose career holds tremendous promise. The Festival is honored to present Diop with the Rising Star Award.
Black Perspectives Tribute to Jonathan Majors
Devotion screening and Artistic Achievement Award presentation
Saturday, October 22 at 7:45pm | AMC River East 21
Jonathan Majors cemented himself as the Hollywood actor to watch following his on-screen debut in 2017’s ABC miniseries When We Rise. Since then, the actor, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has delivered unforgettable performances in such films as Spike Lee’s epic war film Da 5 Bloods, Jeymes Samuel’s blood-soaked Western The Harder They Fall, and the critically acclaimed television series Lovecraft Country—Majors’ portrayal of Atticus Freeman earned him his first Emmy nomination. Now, the actor, who is poised for mainstream blockbuster success as the villainous Kang in the next slate of Marvel films and stars in J.D. Dillard’s Devotion as Jesse Brown, the first Black man in U.S. Naval history to become a fighter pilot. The Festival is proud to present the gripping Korean War drama and to salute Majors with a special in-person tribute and Artistic Achievement Award. Join us as we honor this singular performer.