Iranian filmmaker's 'The President' wins best film at Chicago festival

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CHICAGO — Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf's (mahkh-mahl-BAHF') "The President" has won the top prize at the Chicago International Film Festival.

The Gold Hugo for best film was announced Friday night along with other prizes in the festival.

"The President" is a drama about a deposed dictator on the run with his 5-year-old grandson after a coup d'etat.

Along the way, they meet freed political prisoners who survived torture.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1sZ9ag1 ) the film was set "in an unknown country" but was shot in the Republic of Georgia.

It will be screened Wednesday.


Online: http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com


Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index

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