The cinematographer is the star at Camerimage
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- US DoP Ed Lachman won the Golden Frog at the festival in Bydgoszcz for Todd Haynes’ Carol
At the Camerimage International Film Festival in Bydgoszcz, northern Poland, the cinematographer truly is the star – and at the closing ceremony on Saturday (21 November) in the Opera Nova festival centre, there were frogs and tadpoles galore for the cinematographers of the winning pictures.
In the international competition, US DoP Ed Lachman won the Golden Frog for his work on yet another collaboration with US director Todd Haynes, Carol [+see also:
film profile], a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Norwegian cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen took home the Silver Frog for Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams [+see also:
interview: Grimur Hakonarson
film profile], which won Un Certain Regard at Cannes and has thus added a tenth international award to its list of achievements. Hungarian DoP Mátyás Erdély received the Bronze Frog for László Nemes’ Son of Saul [+see also:
Q&A: László Nemes
interview: László Rajk
film profile], set in the Nazi-German Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, where a member of a Sonderkommando discovers the corpse of his own son.
In the Polish Films competition, Michał Rogalski had photographed Best Film: Jerzy Zieliński’s Summer Solstice [+see also:
film profile], which depicts the Second World War through the eyes of two sensitive 17-year-old men, a Pole and a German, the latter performing military service in the Polish provinces.
Danish cinematographer Lars Skree was awarded the Golden Frog-Grand Prix for Best Feature-length Documentary, for US director Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence [+see also:
film profile]; there was also a Special Mention for Wojciech Staron’s Brothers [+see also:
The Golden Frog for Best Short Documentary went to the Chilean film A Tale of Love, Madness and Death, shot by Alvaro Anguita under the direction of Mijael Bustos; a Special Mention was earned by Russia’s The Conversation (DoP: Anastasia Novikova, director: Pavel Skvortsov).
French cinematographer Benoît Debie had filmed Gaspar Noé’s Love [+see also:
film profile], which was voted Best 3D Film, and US rapper Kendrick Lamar’s Alright, directed by Colin Tilley and filmed by Rob Witt, won for both Best Music Video and Best Cinematography in a Music Video.
The Directors’ Debuts competition was won by Mexican director Luis Urquiza Mondragón’s Perfect Obedience (DoP: Serguei Saldívar Tanaka) and Cinematographers’ Debuts by UK cinematographer Joshua James Richards for Chloé Zhao’s Songs My Brothers Taught Me.
In the Student Etudes competition, Bartosz Bieniek was awarded the Laszlo Kovacs Student Award and the Golden Tadpole for Aleksandra Terpinska’s America, while the Silver Tadpole went to Simon Drescher for Arto Sebastian Buhmann’s Stavanger, and Bronze was bestowed upon Damian Kocur for his own What I Want.