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The choicest DoPs take centre stage at Camerimage

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- Unspooling from 12-19 November, the event organised in Bydgoszcz boasts ten competitive sections, one of which will hand out the Golden Frog Award

The choicest DoPs take centre stage at Camerimage
Afterimage by Andrzej Wajda

A double screening opened the 19th edition of the Camerimage festival (12-19 November 2016) in Bydgoszcz on Saturday, as Afterimage [+see also:
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, the last film by late Polish maestro Andrzej Wajda, was complemented by La La Land by young US director Damien Chazelle. Having built up a huge international reputation as a major celebration of directors of photography, the event is also an unmissable rendezvous for directors, actors, screenwriters, producers, crewmembers and film students. In fact, the latter are present in their droves (the event is welcoming 600 of them, hailing from over 100 film schools from around the world), and are just as numerous as the DoPs. 

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The two titles presented as the opening films are among the 13 films vying for the Golden Frog Award, which will serve to acknowledge the best director-DoP duo. Two Polish productions or co-productions are in the running: Afterimage (DoP: Pawel Edelman) and Marie Curie, The Courage of Knowledge [+see also:
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by Marie Noëlle (DoP: Michal Englert). Other movies in the showcase include A Monster Calls [+see also:
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by Spaniard Juan Antonio Bayona (Oscar Faura), and the European productions or co-productions Dark Beast [+see also:
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by Felipe Guerrero (Fernando Lockett), Remember [+see also:
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by Atom Egoyan (Paul Sarossy), Lion [+see also:
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by Garth Davis (Greig Fraser) and Snowden [+see also:
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by Oliver Stone (Anthony Dod Mantle). Also worth highlighting are Past Life by Israel’s Avi Nesher (Michel Abramowicz), and the non-European features Arrival by Denis Villeneuve, Blood and Glory by Sean Else, Hacksaw Ridge by Mel Gibson, Moonlight by Barry Jenkins, and Tanna by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean.

The festival comprises a total of ten competitive sections, and one of the most interesting of these is undoubtedly the one intended for first-time DoPs, which includes such titles as Aloys [+see also:
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by Swiss director Tobias Nölle (Simon Guy Fässler), Codename Holec [+see also:
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by Austria’s Franz Novotny (Robert Oberrainer), Agony [+see also:
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by his fellow countryman of Paraguayan heritage David Clay Diaz (Julian Krubasik), My Angel by Belgium’s Harry Cleven (Juliette Van Dormael) and Playground [+see also:
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by Poland’s Bartosz Maciej Kowalski (Mateusz Skalski).

The identities of the winners of the special awards have already been made public, with the Golden Frog Award for Best Director going to Michael Apted, the Award for Best Director-DoP Duo singling out Atom Egoyan and Paul Sarossy, and the Award for Best Documentary Maker going to Jay Rosenblatt. Lastly, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed upon Michael Chapman, famous for his work with Martin Scorsese, among others.

(Translated from French)

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