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Camerimage honours top cinematographers

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Camerimage honours top cinematographers

On the eve of the opening of the 17th Camerimage Festival in Lodz (November 28-December 5), the list of Golden Frog special prize-winners has been revealed.

This year, the organisers will honour Italian DoP Dante Spinotti (whose filmography includes Michael Mann’s The Insider, Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential and Roberto Benigni’s Pinocchio [+see also:
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); film directors Volker Schlöndorff (Ulzhan [+see also:
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) and Terry Gilliam (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus [+see also:
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); Polish production designer Allan Starski (who has worked with Wajda, Polanski and Spielberg); US editor Thelma Schoonmaker (loyal collaborator of Martin Scorsese); and fellow US producer Richard Zanuck.

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The special prize for a director-cinematographer duo will go to Spain’s Carlos Saura and Italy’s Vittorio Storaro.

In the documentary category, the Golden Frog is awarded to North America’s Terry Sanders (winner of two Oscars), while the prize for Special Contribution to the Art of Film will be presented to Polish DoP Dariusz Wolski (who worked on the three instalments of Pirates of the Caribbean).

In official competition are 17 films in which cinematography plays a key role. These include Dutch director Ben Sombogaart’s Bride Flight [+see also:
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interview: Ben Sombogaart
interview: Hanneke Niens
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, fellow Dutch filmmaker Mark De Cloe’s Life in One Day [+see also:
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, Cracks [+see also:
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interview: María Valverde
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by the UK’s Jordan Scott, Letters to Father Jacob [+see also:
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by Finland’s Klaus Härö, Samuel Maoz’s Venice Golden Lion-winner Lebanon [+see also:
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, German director Sönke Wortmann’s Pope Joan [+see also:
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and two Polish films: The Reverse [+see also:
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interview: Agata Buzek - actress
interview: Borys Lankosz
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by Borys Lankosz and Dark House by Wojtek Smarzowski.

The Camerimage festival is also hosting a competition including eight Polish titles, to be judged by a jury of leading international professionals (this year including Amy Vincent, Bruno Delbonnel and Tony Pierce Roberts). There will also be competitive sections for documentary shorts and features, a Panorama of European Cinema, conferences, seminars, and the Plus Camerimage Market dedicated to the film sector’s technical industries.

(Translated from French)

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