TORUN, Poland — This year’s edition of the Camerimage Intl. Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography offered one of its most prestigious lineups of lensers and directors. Held every December, it has become the premier film event in Poland, and one of the most significant in Central and Eastern Europe.
Highlighting a week of films chosen for the quality of their cinematography, Remi Adefarasin won a Golden Frog this past weekend for “radical cinematography” for “Elizabeth.”
Junichi Fujisawa (“Hakuchi: The Innocent”) took silver and Finn Timo Salminen (“Juha”) took the bronze honors.
Leigh as leader
The jury, headed by British director Mike Leigh, included Hollywood cameramen Dean Cundey and Oliver Stapleton.
Fest director Marek Zydowicz said the purpose of Camerimage is not only to honor the year’s best films but to celebrate the art of cinematography. To this end, special awards were granted to several filmmakers, including Giuseppe Rotunno, Mike Nichols and Sidney Pollack.
Norman Jewison, Roland Joffe and Peter Weir were on hand to receive Frogs for special visual sensitivity. Leigh and Dick Pope took home the 1999 award for lifetime director-cinematographer duo; last year’s winners were Ingmar Bergman and Sven Nykvist.
The gala awards ceremony in Copernicus’ hometown was followed by a black-tie ball.
Guests during the week included Vittorio Storaro, Roger Deakins, Billy Williams, Slawomir Idziak and Paul Schrader. Agnieszka Holland presented a screening of her latest film, “The Third Miracle.”