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Hungary’s ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival

Poland’s Camerimage fest wrapped Saturday with the Golden Frog top prize for “On Body and Soul,” a Hungarian story of shared dreams filmed by Mate Herbai and directed by Ildiko Enyedi.

The jury, headed by British director Michael Apted, honored Russian family drama “Loveless,” with cinematography by Mikhail Krichman and directing by Andrei Zvyagintsev (“Leviathan”), with a Silver Frog, while the Bronze Frog went to Angelina Jolie’s account of the Cambodian guerilla war, “First They Killed My Father,” filmed by Anthony Dod Mantle.

The jury honored Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country,” an Australian outback thriller filmed by Dylan River and Thornton, with the FIPRESCI award, while “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” shot by Ben Davis and directed by Martin McDonagh, won the fest’s first-ever audience prize.

The gala closing ceremony at the Opera Nova hall in Bydgoszcz topped a week of 283 film screenings and scores of workshops, filmmaker talks and panels focused on cinematography, new technologies and issues and challenges faced by DPs.

Before announcing the top prize winners, juror Stephen Goldblatt said the body felt they had to make a statement decrying what he called the “high degree of gratuitous, misogynistic and voyeuristic” violence seen in many of this year’s Camerimage films – though he also acknowledged, “We must not shirk from telling stories of inhumanity.”

Fest’s top docu prize went to “Radio Kobani,” the story of a young, female reporter documenting ISIS attacks filmed by Nina Badoux and directed by Reber Dosky, while “Potentiae,” shot by Ricardo Garfias and directed by Javier Toscano, took the docudrama prize.

Czech director/DP Miroslav Janek won the docu special mention for “Normal Autistic Film” and the director debut prize went to Janus Metz’s chronicle of tennis legends “Borg/McEnroe,” filmed by Niels Thastum.

The cinematographer debut prize went to Danish working-class drama “Winter Brothers,” lensed by Maria von Hausswolff and directed by Hlynur Palmason.

Belgian-French thriller “Black Spot: Stranger Comes to Town,” filmed by Christophe Nuyens and directed by Julien Despaux and Thierry Poiraud, scored the First Look TV pilots prize for its “tight, controlled visuals.”

The director lifetime achievement award went to Australia’s Phillip Noyce (“Rabbit Proof Fence,” “Patriot Games”) who said “the teachers that taught me most have been each and every cinematographer I’ve worked with.”

Adam Stockhausen, who won the Oscar for “Grand Budapest Hotel,” took lifetime achievement award for production designer with special visual sensitivity.

Veteran cinematographer John Toll (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall”) took the lifetime achievement award for lensing while Wayne Isham was honored for lifetime achievement for music videos.

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