Jessica Lange – recipient two Oscars, three Emmys, and a Tony – will receive the Krzysztof Kieślowski Award at Camerimage, the annual cinematography film festival that takes place annually in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in November.
The actress will also exhibit a collection of her photos at the fest, assembling 135 black-and-white photographs (including 12 contact sheets) taken traditionally over the last 20 years.
The Krzysztof Kieślowski Award, named after the renowned Polish director and screenwriter who died in 1996, recognizes excellence and passion in both film and photography.
This will be the first showing in Poland for Lange, a longtime photographer whose work has been exhibited on two continents. She will be on hand for the opening at the bwa Municipal Gallery in Bydgoszcz on Nov. 13.
The 24th edition of Camerimage, also known as the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, will will run from Nov. 12 through 19. Camerimage is unique among film festivals in that it awards films according to their “visual, aesthetic and technical values.” The event draws young filmmakers who get to mingle some of the industry’s most prominent cinematographers in an informal setting.
Besides the main competition, the fest includes a competition for students, as well as for documentaries, music videos, debut features, TV pilots, and Polish films. It includes a market, technology exhibits, a conference program, and multiple retrospective screenings, exhibitions and music performances.
Lange’s film credits include “King Kong,” “All That Jazz,” “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” “Blue Sky,” and “Tootsie.” Her TV projects include “American Horror Story.” In addition to her acting and photography, Lange has long been involved in various international philanthropies focused on issues of underdevelopment, women’s rights, and health. Her black-and-white photos depict everyday beauty and life around the globe.
“I find photography a most mysterious process – capturing that moment in time and space, elusive and fleeting, and crystallizing it,” Lange has said. “You have made a photograph. It is its own thing now.“