Abderrahmane Sissako Wins Best Director Award at 50th Annual Chicago International Film Festival
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Abderrahmane Sissako Wins Best Director Award at 50th Annual Chicago International Film Festival

nullLast night

at the awards ceremony for the 50th Chicago

International Film Festival, director Abderrahmane Sissako won the Silver Hugo

grand prize for best director for his film "Timbuktu," which was shown in competition

at CIFF.

The film, which

is Sissako’s fifth solo directing effort, deals with the real-life story of the 2012

stoning of a young unmarried couple, by Islamists, in a Northern Mali town

called Aguelhok.

After receiving

raves reviews and standing ovations at both the Cannes and New York Film Festivals, and other festival screenings, the film will be released theatrically here in

the U.S. by Cohen Media Group, on January 28, 2015.

The film

will be screened again at the Chicago Film Festival as one of the “Best of the Fest” selections, on Weds Oct. 22.

Here’s a clip:

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