30th edition wrapped Saturday night

BITOLA, Macedonia — The world’s oldest festival devoted to the art of the cinematographer, the Manaki Bros. festival in Macedonia, wrapped its 30th edition Saturday night with the Golden Camera 300 award going to Argentine d.p. Natasha Braier.

Braier, a graduate of the U.K.’s National Film and Television School, won the award — a miniature replica of a 1905 Bioscope Camera used by pioneering cinematographers Milton and Yanaki Manaki — for her work on “The Milk of Sorrow,” Claudia Llosa’s Golden Bear winner at the Berlin fest. The Spanish-Peruvian film is about the children of women raped during a civil war.

The jury, headed by cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, who has a long-running working partnership with Canadian director David Cronenberg, praised Braier for her “courageous and original aesthetic point of view.”

U.S. cinematographer Tom Stern took the Silver Camera 300 for his work on Russian director Pavel Lungin’s “Tzar”; Bronze Camera 300 went to Stephane Fontaine, for French director Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet.”

A Mosfilm award, given by the Russian production complex, went to Georgi Klincharov for his creative work in the Macedonian film “One”; the audience award went to Arauco Hernandez for his camerawork on “Gigante,” and a special jury mention went to Mark Gyori for his work in “Katalin Varga.”

Macedonia’s President Gjorgje Ivanov presented a lifetime achievement award to Billy Williams, whose long list of credits includes “Gandhi,” “Women in Love” and “On Golden Pond.” Suschitzky was also honored with a lifetime achievement award.

The fest, held in Bitola — the birthplace of the Manakis — is one of two in Europe devoted to the men and women who work with directors to create the visual art of a film.

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