The prizes were announced from the Chicago International Film Festival this past weekends and Leos Carax’s ‘Holy Motors’ topped the bill as it scooped the festival’s Gold Hugo for the best international film as well as additional honors for acting and cinematography.

The festival’s other winners were Michael Franco’s ‘After Lucia’, Peter Bergendy’s ‘The Exam’ and Clayton Brown and Monica Long Ross’s ‘The Believers’.

The official press release for the festival stated that Holy Motors was awarded the Gold Hugo “for the sheer beauty, originality and breathtaking scope of its cinematic vision” Denis Lavant scooped the Silver Hugo for Best Actor for his portrayal of the lead character who the festival board refered to as “alternately tragic, hilarious, shocking, profound, hideous, beautiful, wise – but always human – and, quite simply, unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.”