Poland’s Camerimage Unveils Lineup, Including Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ Andrzej Wajda’s ‘Afterimage’
Art and Experience: The 24th edition of the festival that celebrates the art of cinematography takes place in Bydgoszcz next month and will screen ‘Snowden’ and ‘Arrival,’ among others.
Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and Andrzej Wajda’sAfterimage are among 13 films that will compete for the main Golden Frog Award next month at Poland’s Camerimage festival.
The 24th edition of the fest that celebrates the art of cinematography includes films by directors noted for working with some of the world’s best cinematographers.
The competition, according to festival organizers, focuses on feature films “where the image significantly contributes to the way a story is told” and where “the visual value of these films results from the cooperation between a director and a cinematographer and the unusual sensitivity of the author of a film image.”
Wajda’s Afterimage, lensed by Pawel Edelman, is this year’s Polish submission in the Oscars’ best foreign-language film race. The story of the final years of noted avant garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, it was completed only months before Wajda’s death, at the age of 90, on Oct. 9.
Hacksaw Ridge, shot by cinematographer Simon Duggan, tells the story of an idealistic young pacifist who nevertheless enlists as a U.S. Army medic intent and saves many of his comrades’ lives during the Battle of Okinawa in World WII.
Other films in the lineup include Arrival, Denis Villeneuve’s alien encounter movie lensed by Bradford Young; Atom Egoyan’s holocaust revenge story Remember, with cinematography by Paul Sarrosy; and Oliver Stone’s NSA whistleblower biopic Snowden, shot by Anthony Dod Mantle.
The remaining films in competition are: Blood and Glory (directed by Sean Else, cinematography by Adam Bental); Lion (Garth Davis/Greig Fraser); Marie Curie (Marie Noelle/Michal Englert); A Monster Calls (Juan Antonio Bayona/Oscar Faura; Moonlight (Barry Jenkins/James Laxton);Oscuro Animal (Felipe Guerrero/Fernando Lockett); Past Life (Avi Nesher/Michel Abramowicz); and Tanna (Martin Butler and Bentley Dean/Bentley Dean).
The 24th edition of Camerimage is set to run Nov. 12-19 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.