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The Chicago International Film Festival honors the work of incomparable film artists from across genres and disciplines.

Tribute to Kenneth Branagh

Belfast screening and Lifetime Achievement Award presentation
Thursday, October 21 at 7pm | Music Box Theatre

One of the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers and actors, Kenneth Branagh is known for his work on screen and stage trademarked by quality, truth, and passion. Since his stirring 1989 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V, he has starred in and directed numerous films based on the Bard’s work including Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and As You Like It. He has also stepped behind the camera for such commercial favorites as Cinderella and Marvel’s Thor. He won accolades for his performances in Christopher Nolan’s films Dunkirk and Tenet and delivered one of his most memorable performances in the drama My Week with Marilyn, playing Sir Laurence Olivier. With his latest tour de force, Belfast, which he wrote and directed, Branagh draws from his own childhood to create a semi-autobiographical look at life in 1960s Northern Ireland seen through the eyes of a young boy growing up in a working-class family. It’s a sensitive, deeply moving drama, beautifully captured in black and white. The Festival is honored to host Branagh for this special in-person tribute and to present the accomplished artist with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Rebecca Hall Artistic Achievement Award Presentation

Passing screening and in-person Q&A
Wednesday, October 20 at 7:30pm | AMC River East 21

Acclaimed British-American actress Rebecca Hall is a versatile talent whose career encompasses a wide range of cinema. She has worked with many of the industry’s greatest artists, establishing herself as a leading talent who challenges herself with each new role. Hall breaks new ground yet again with her remarkable directorial debut Passing, delivering an insightful study of two childhood friends who reconnect as adults and discover that they are living on opposite sides of the color line in 1929 Harlem. Adapting Nella Larsen’s groundbreaking novella, Hall’s comfort behind the camera is evident, and she elicits impassioned performances from her gifted leads, Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson. Hall’s own memorable work on screen includes such films as the European romance Vicky Cristina Barcelona and the haunting biographical drama Christine, for which she won the Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Hugo for Actress in 2016. The Festival is delighted to welcome Hall for an in-person conversation and to present her with the Artistic Achievement Award.

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