British actor-director Kenneth Branagh will be feted at Camerimage, a festival that celebrates the art of cinematography. “Murder on the Orient Express,” the latest adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie whodunit, which Branagh both directed and stars in, will screen after the opening ceremony Nov. 11.
Branagh will receive two awards at the event: the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award, presented to “versatile actors and actresses who contribute to the art of filmmaking,” according to the fest; and the Cinematographer-Director Duo Award, alongside long-time collaborator Haris Zambarloukos.
Branagh has been nominated for five Oscars, including as director and lead actor in “Henry V,” and for adapted screenplay for “Hamlet.” His most recent nomination was for his supporting role in “My Week With Marilyn.”
As an actor, his roles span war dramas like Bryan Singer’s “Valkyrie” and Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” fantasy epics like “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” horror films like “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” which he also directed, and thrillers like Robert Altman’s “The Gingerbread Man.” As a director, he has helmed Hollywood blockbusters such as “Thor,” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” and “Cinderella,” as well as indie movies such as “Dead Again,” “Peter’s Friends,” and several Shakespeare adaptations.
In a statement, the festival said: “The projects in which Kenneth Branagh stars or works on as a director/screenwriter are not only interesting and memorable, but also a wonder to look at. He was always keenly aware of the role of the image in film storytelling, and as a director always tried to work with great cinematographers who he knew could enhance his already strong artistic vision.”
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Branagh first worked with Zambarloukos on 2006’s “Sleuth,” when the cinematographer was considered an emerging talent, named as one of Variety’s “10 Cinematographers to Watch.” From then on Zambarloukos has lensed all of the movies directed by Branagh. The duo team up again on the upcoming family adventure “Artemis Fowl.”
The 25th edition of Camerimage will be held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, from Nov. 11-18. Variety will publish E-Show Dailies, its digital newsletters, at the event.