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DoPs in the limelight at Camerimage

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- The beating heart of the 22nd edition of the world-famous event dedicated to cinematographers is a competition that sees 15 films duke it out for the Golden Frog

DoPs in the limelight at Camerimage
Gods by Lukasz Palkowski

The main aim of the Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, which gets under way tomorrow and will run for eight days in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, is to present productions in which the image and the work done by directors of photography make a strong contribution to the way the story is told.

The main focus of the 22nd edition is, of course, the Official Competition, which will come to a close with the handing out of the Golden, Silver and Bronze Frog Awards. Among the 15 movies competing for the top prize are three features directed by Polish filmmakers: Gods [+see also:
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by Lukasz Palkowski (DoP: Piotr Sobocinski Jr), Foreign Body [+see also:
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interview: Krzysztof Zanussi
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by Krzysztof Zanussi (DoP: Piotr Niemyjski) and Field of Dogs [+see also:
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by Lech J Majewski (with the director himself and Pawel Tybora serving as cinematographers).

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British film production is also very well represented, with Fury by David Ayer (DoP: Roman Vasyanov), Mr Turner [+see also:
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by Mike Leigh (images by Dick Pope), Trash [+see also:
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by Stephen Daldry (cinematographer: Adriano Goldman) and the Moroccan co-production Desert Dancer, by Richard Raymond (DoP: Carlos Catalan).

Also in the running are My Blind Heart [+see also:
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interview: Peter Brunner
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by Austria’s Peter Brunner (images by Franz Dude), Mommy by Canadian director Xavier Dolan, Wild by his fellow countryman Jean-Marc Vallée, Leviathan [+see also:
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by Russian filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev, Birdman by Mexico’s Alejandro González Ińárritu, Get on up by American director Tate Taylor, Omar by Dutch-Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad and Coming Home by China’s Zhang Yimou.

Also featuring on the Camerimage programme is a European Panorama consisting of 24 titles (including In the Crosswind [+see also:
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interview: Martti Helde
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by Estonian director Martti Helde, Lithuanian production Tevanik by Jivan Avetysian, Latvian film Oki - In the Middle of the Ocean by Maris Martinsons and At Home [+see also:
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by Greece’s Athanasios Karanikolas), a focus on Swiss cinema (comprising nine recent films, such as The Circle [+see also:
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by Stefan Haupt), myriad competitive sections (productions from film schools, documentaries, Polish movies, music videos, cinematographers’ and directorial debut films, 3D titles), a number of Special Screenings (17 feature films) and a raft of retrospectives, including two dedicated to Franco-American DoP Caleb Deschanel and British documentarian Kim Longinotto, who will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.

(Translated from French)

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