Faehrmann, Wiesweg take top awards
COLOGNE — Tom Faehrmann and Michael Wiesweg took top honors for cinematography at this year’s German Camera Awards.The kudos ceremony took place during the Medienforum NRW conference, currently under way in Cologne. Faehrmann won for Volker Schloendorff’s feature film “Ulzhan — The Forgotten Light,” which is set in Kazakhstan, while Wiesweg won in the TV movie category for Dominik Graf’s drama about the religious rapture of 19th century writer Clemens Brentano, “Das Geluebde” (The Vow). Best lenser of a TV series was Michael Schreitel for ProSieben’s “Unschuldig,” and Yoshi Heimrath snatched kudos for short pic “Illusion.” Awards for non-fictional forms were given to Maximilian Plettau, Peter Juras and Sorin Dragoi; best newcomer was Raphael Beinder. An honorary award went to a master of documentaries, Carl F. Hutterer. Born 1939, Hutterer worked on many productions with filmmakers Georg Stefan Troller and Hartmut Schoen, and “put his mark on the future of documentary film,” the jury commented. Also included in the ceremony were prizes for best editing, which were awarded to Uta Schmidt (TV movie), Monika Brauer (documentary) and Philipp Thomas (newcomer). A special award went to lensers Patrick Gautschy, Simon Usteri and Christian Witschi for their account of the cycling event Tour de Suisse 2007. The German Camera foundation includes local pubcasters from the ARD network as well as ZDF, pay web Premiere, Studio Hamburg, Colonia Media and funding org Filmstiftung NRW.