AFTER LUCÍA Awarded at Chicago


The Mexican film Después de Lucía / After Lucía (pictured) was awarded the Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize at the 48th edition of the Chicago International Film Festival, which ran October 11-25. Michel Franco's sophomore film which won the prestigious Un Certain Regard prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is an intense, shocking exploration of the violent effects of bullying that tells the story of teenager Alejandra (played by Tessa Ía) who is mourning her mother and lonely in a new school.

When a video emerges of her drunkenly having sex in a bathroom, she immediately becomes a target for the popular kids. Their torments grow in intensity and cruelty, wearing down the weary Alejandra's resistance.