News 25 OCT 2018

"The Mercy of the Jungle" awarded at Chicago Festival

The Mercy of the Jungle has been awarded during the 54th edition of the Chicago International Film Festival.

Presented in New Directors Competition at the 54th edition of Chicago Festival, The Mercy of the Jungle directed by Joel Karekezi has received the Silver Hugo Award.

The story tells us about Sergeant Xavier, a Rwandese hero of war, and the young and unexperimented private Faustin. In the middle of the Kivu jungle in Congo, they are in enemy territory where they wage a blurry war. When the two men lose their battalion, they are left alone without resources, lost in the inextricable Congolese jungle, known to be the widest, thickest and most dangerous in the continent.

The Mercy of the Jungle is produced by Neon Rouge Production, in coproduction with Tact Production. With the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Eurimages, Aide aux Cinémas du monde du CNC, Brussels-Capital Region, Fonds Image de la Francophonie, the Berlinale World Cinema Fund, the Belgian Development Cooperation, Tax Shelter. In coproduction with TV5MONDE, VOO and Be tv, Canal+ International. In association with Take Five, Urban Distribution International and Urban Distribution.

Created by the filmmaker and graphic artist Michael Kutza in 1964, the Chicago International Film Festival provided an alternative to the commercial Hollywood movies that dominated the city’s theaters. Nowadays, the festival aims to enrich Chicago’s cultural environment by presenting film in contexts that encourage discussion and debate.