‘Silence’ docu golden for Groening

Annual kudos honors surprise-hit doc

COLOGNE — The annual Deutscher Kamerapreis for cinematography went to Philip Groening for his meditative documentary “Into Great Silence.” The 2½-hour pic, which Groening lensed on HD without a team in a French monastery, has become a surprise hit in theaters and sold to numerous international markets.

In the TV category, the award went to semi-documentary drama “Die Nacht der grossen Flut,” an account of the Hamburg flood of 1962 shot by Martin Gressmann.

Also honored were Bernd Fischer, for series, and Bernd Umbreit and Hermann Schulz, for TV features.

Newcomer nod went to Armin Dierolf for gothic short “Wolfstraum.”

In the regular short category, splatter movie “Akumi” snatched kudos for cameraman Peter Matjasko, as well as for editor Tobias Suhm. Hansjoerg Weissbrich snatched the feature editing nod for comedy “NVA.”

Lifetime achievement award went to Elfie Mikesch for her experimental camera work with various helmers of the Neuer Deutscher Film era. The 65-year-old Mikesch is the first woman to receive the honor. She has twice won the Kamerapreis for individual pics.

The Deutscher Kamerapreis is presented annually by a committee involving various pubcasters, pay web Premiere and film funding body Filmstiftung NRW.

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