'Argo,' 'Master,' 'Beasts' compete for cinematography kudos

PRAGUE — Europe’s top cinematography fest, Plus Camerimage, has announced its competish line-up, topped by Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” lensed by Rodrigo Prieto, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” shot by Mihai Malaimare Jr., and Benh Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” with dream-like imagery filmed by Ben Richardson.

The Bydgoszcz, Poland-based fest, this year in its 20th incarnation, considers 14 pics in the race for Golden Frog, and honors directors of photography repping a range of budgets, nations and scope.

Iran’s “Hatred,” shot by Touraj Aslani, South Korea’s “Jesus Hospital,” lensed by Sun-young Lee, Turkey/Kurdistan pic “Rhino Season,” shot by Touraj Aslani and Argentina’s “The Wild Ones,” filmed by Julian Apezteguia, go up against work from the U.K., France, Canada and Poland.

Organizers also announced they will fete Alan Heim, who won an Oscar for “All That Jazz,” and also edited “American History X,” with a lifetime achievement editing kudo, and Steven Okazaki (“Day of Waiting,” “The Mushroom Club”) for outstanding work in docus.

Camerimage also honors a Polish section, student films, docus, feature debuts and music vids, alongside, retrospectives, meetings and music perfs.

Fest, which also showcases new technology and hosts veteran d.p.s to lead packed workshops, runs Nov. 24-Dec. 1.

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