No awards for Iranian enteries
Camerimage, The international film festival of the art of cinematography announced the winners
Art and Experience: Carol, lensed by director of photography Ed Lachman, won the Golden Frog Saturday at Camerimage, the international film festival of the art of cinematography in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The Oscar contender was directed by Todd Haynes.
The runner-up, receiving the Silver Frog, was Rams cinematographer Brandt Grolen; it was directed by Grimu Hakonarson. Son of Saul and cinematographer Matyas Erdely won the Bronze Frog; the film was helmed by Laszlo Nemes. Accepting the award, Erdely noted that “film is very important to us” and urged the community to help to keep it alive. Also during the ceremony, The Look of Silence, cinematographer Lars Skree and director Joshua Oppenheimer, won the feature documentary award. Love, cinematographer Benoit Debie and director Gaspar Noe, won the 3D competition. Summer Solstice, cinematographer Jerzy Zielinski and director Michal Rogalski, was honored in the Polish films competition. Topping the documentary shorts competition was A Tale of Love, Madness and Death, cinematographer Alvaro Anguita and director Mijael Bustos; the music videos competition Kendrick Lamar’s Alright, cinematographer Rob Witt and director Colin Tilley; and the student competition, America, cinematographer Bartosz Bieniek and director Aleksandra Terpinka. Additional honorees included Perfect Obedience, cinematographer Serguei Saldívar Tanaka and director Luis Urquiza Mondragon, in the director’s debut competition; Songs My Brothers Taught Me, cinematographer Joshua James Richards and director Chloe Zhao, for the cinematographers’ debut competition; and Penny Dreadful: Night Work cinematographer Xavi Gimenez and director Juan Antonio Bayona, in the first look, TV pilots competition. Cinematographer Chris Menges, whose received Oscars for The Killing Fields and The Mission, received Camerimage’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He talked about how “the cinema helped me to find a visual voice.” Several additional special awards were presented during the ceremony. Walter Murch (The English Patient) received the honor for an editor with unique visual sensitivity. Accepting the award, Murch recognized his “essential collaborators” including those in in attendance, Vittorio Storaro and John Seale, and those who have passed, including Gordon Willis. Sandy Powell (Cinderella, Carol) received the award for a costume designer with unique visual sensitivity. Accepting her award, she thanked the cinematographers that she has worked with, saying the costume designer is “dependent on the cinematographer, who makes the costumes come to life.” TV producer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, The Man in The High Castle), who received the award for a TV producer with unique visual sensitivity, noted that he lives in Paris and said being at Camerimage “reminds me of the universal value and power of cinema — celebrating beauty and truth.”
Storaro and Majid Majidi received the outstanding cinematic duo award. Iranian director Majid Majidi presented his controversial submission for the best foreign-language film Oscars race, Muhammad: The Messenger of God, in its European premiere. The film, which cost more than $40 million to shoot, making it Iran’s most expensive film ever, was lensed by Italy’s Vittorio Storaro and features a score by Indian composer A.R. Rahman. The film provoked controversy in Iran and other largely Muslim countries for its subject matter and fleeting glimpses of the Prophet Muhammad, which many Muslims consider sacrilegious. Majidi, whose partially government-financed film took seven years to make, faced a fatwa – an Islamic legal pronouncement issued by an expert in religious law – and caused much debate at home as the film played on around half of Iran’s 320 cinema screens.
Eve Stawart (The Danish Girl), the award for a production designer with unique visual sensitivity; Marcel Lozinski, for achievements in documentary filmmaking; and Martin Coppen, outstanding achievement in music videos.