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Michael Apted to Receive Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award

The festival’s cinematographer-director duo award will go to Atom Egoyan and Paul Sarossy

Michael Apted, known for a spectrum of credits ranging from the “Up” documentaries, to Bond film “The World Is Not Enough,” to Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” series, will receive a lifetime achievement award for directing at the Camerimage cinematography film festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The event runs from Nov. 12 to Nov. 19.

Apted, who has also served as president of the Directors Guild of America, came into the spotlight with his “Seven Up!” documentary in 1964. The film focused on the lives of a group of seven-year-olds in Great Britain, and became a series as it revisited them every seven years. The most recent installment, “56 Up,” was released in 2012, with 13 out of the original 14 kids talking on camera.

The director’s other credits include “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” and “Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey.” Among his earlier credits: British TV documentary series “World in Action” and the long-running series “Coronation Street,” for which he directed episodes in 1967.

In a statement, the festival praised Apted as someone who is “interested primarily in the people in his films; their joys, sorrows and struggles, in how they deal with different kinds of situations, both fictional and based on facts.”

Helmer Atom Egoyan and DP Paul Sarossy will receive Camerimage’s duo award, recognizing director-cinematographer collaboration.

The two Canadians, who have shot a dozen features together, began working as a team in 1989 on “Speaking Parts.” Their most recent collaboration is last year’s “Remember,” in which Christopher Plummer plays an Auschwitz survivor searching for the person responsible for destroying his family.

Egoyan and Sarossy “understand each other without any words, just like the best cinematographer-director duets in the history of cinema,” said the festival.

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