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The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmāo triumphs at Manaki Brothers

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- Other winners at the 40th edition of the second-oldest festival dedicated to cinematographers included The Wild Goose Lake, Piranhas and Ayka

The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmāo triumphs at Manaki Brothers
l-r: French DoP Eric Gaultier, who picked up the award for Hélène Louvart; Constanza Sandoval; and Italian film critic Massimo Lechi, who picked up the award for Daniele Cipri

The 40th edition of the Manaki Brothers International Cinematographers' Film Festival (14-21 September) in Bitola, North Macedonia, saw French DoP Hélène Louvart scoop the main award of the event, the Golden Camera 300, for her work on Karim Aïnouz's Cannes Un Certain Regard winner The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmāo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Karim Aïnouz
film profile
]
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The Silver Camera 300 went to Jinsong Dong, the DoP on Diao Yinan's Cannes competition entry The Wild Goose Lake [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Diao Yinan
film profile
]
, while Daniele Cipri received the Bronze Camera 300 for his work on Claudio Giovannesi's Berlinale competition title Piranhas [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Roberto Saviano
film profile
]
. In addition, Poland's Jolanta Dylewska received a Special Mention for Sergey Dvortsevoy's Ayka [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sergey Dvortsevoy
film profile
]
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The short-film competition was also dominated by Cannes pictures, with Argentina's Constanza Sandoval picking up the Small Camera 300 for her work on Augustina San Martin's Monster God and a Special Mention going to French cinematographer Guillaume le Grontec for Erenik Beqiri's The Van.

As for the honorary prizes, Ed Lachman (who also served as the president of the jury) and Yorgos Arvanitis received the Lifetime Achievement Golden Camera 300 Awards, and composer Ljupcho Konstantinov picked up the Great Star of Macedonian Cinema Award.

Here is the full list of award winners:

Camera 300 Competition

Golden Camera 300
Hélène Louvart - The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmāo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Karim Aïnouz
film profile
]
(Brazil/Germany)

Silver Camera 300
Jinsong Dong - The Wild Goose Lake [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Diao Yinan
film profile
]
(China/France)

Bronze Camera 300
Daniele Cipri - Piranhas [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Roberto Saviano
film profile
]
(Italy)

Special Mention
Jolanta Dylewska - Ayka [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Sergey Dvortsevoy
film profile
]
(Russia/Germany/Poland/Kazakhstan/China)

Short Film Competition

Small Camera 300
Constanza Sandoval - Monster God (Argentina)

Special Mention
Guillaume le Grontec - The Van (France/Albania)

Lifetime Achievement Golden Camera 300 Awards
Ed Lachman (USA)
Yorgos Arvanitis (Greece)

Great Star of Macedonian Cinema Award
Ljupcho Konstantinov (North Macedonia)

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