Robbie Ryan, an Irish cinematographer, received the Golden Frog in the main competition of the 29th edition of the EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival in Toruń. German cinematographer Jost Vacano received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Golden Frog winner Robbie Ryan was absent from the festival’s closing gala, but spoke to festival guests from the screen. – Gosh, that’s amazing news. I’m shooting a movie in Budapest right now and I can’t travel due to covid restrictions. I would like to be with you and drink a “mad dog” to calm my emotions. I do not want to extend it, because I know that you are going to have a great party. (…) I am extremely proud of this award. Thank you – said the winner of the main competition.
Laureates of the Silver and Bronze Frogs
On Saturday Bruno Delbonnel received the Silver Frog for his cinematography in the film “The Tragedy of Macbeth”. The cinematographer visited Toruń during the opening of the festival together with the film director Joel Coen.
The Bronze Frog was awarded to cinematographer Greig Fraser for his cinematography in “Dune” directed by Denis Villeneuve. – EnergaCamerimage is for me the most important point on the festival tour. I wanted to thank the other cinematographers who helped me with this film and their time, Fraser said.
On Saturday in Toruń, a special lifetime achievement award was given to the German cinematographer Jost Vacano. – It is an honor to receive a lifetime achievement award from colleagues, from friends. I have made almost a hundred films in my life, maybe 85. I don’t remember all of them, but it doesn’t matter that much. (…) I am not going to talk about my films in detail, because you’ve seen them. (…) Now I am retired and we need to make room for younger cinematographers – said Vacano.
Vacano said that for many years of his life he fought for cinematographers to be adequately rewarded for their work, so that their labor was adequately paid. – I would like to thank many people: parents, grandparents, my friends. In part, I was a politician fighting for the rights of cinematographers – for your rights as well as mine. I am proud of my achievements both in the field of film and in politics in the field that I talked about. I think this award is an appreciation of the activity in both spheres, Vacano pointed out.
Special award and Polish films competition
Denis Villeneuve received a special award for achievements in the field of directing. – It is a great honor to receive the award in a country that has produced many great filmmakers. Sławomir Idziak and Krzysztof Kieślowski were my heroes during my student days and had a huge impact on my development. They made me realize what cooperation between director and cinematographer should look like. Throughout my career, I have met many great cinematographers. I thank them all. It is thanks to you that I am right here – said the director, among others “Dune”.
The winner of the Polish film competition was the cinematographer Piotr Sobociński junior for “Hyacynt” directed by Piotr Domalewski. – This is our third film together. Perhaps one day we will catch a prize for a duo – Sobociński joked. – I would like to thank the entire film crew, but most of all the entire camera team. History comes full circle. Unfortunately, much of this movie is up to date today. It is sad. I have two daughters and I would like to dedicate this award to them and I hope that they will be able to live in a country where everyone is equal and can decide about themselves – he said.
Marek Żydowicz, director and creator of the festival, mentioned in his speech at the end of the festival about the cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who died this year on the set of “Rust”. – I wanted to say one thing, it seems necessary. Everything we do in life should be on solid foundations. I would like to appeal to everyone responsible for the film industry in the world. Competence, responsibility and honesty. If we hire such people, there will be no such tragedies as the one that affected our friend – said Żydowicz during the gala.
The Audience Award went to “C’mon, C’mon” by Mike Mills.
Max Bugajak won and received the Golden Tadpole for “The Howling” in the student etude competition. “I am shocked. It is something beautiful. Thank you to the Warsaw Film School and my professors” – said the winner of this competition.
Colin Tilley received the Music Video Achievement Award. – The stay here, at this festival, was extremely inspiring for me. Thanks for the opportunity to be with such wonderful creators – said Tilley. Kacper Fertacz received the award in this year’s music videos competition.
The cinematography debut competition was won by Yuming Ke for the film “Bipolar”. The Golden Frog for her directorial debut went to Julia Ducournau for “Titane”. “I wish you to spend this beautiful evening celebrating the cinema,” she said.
Jacob Friedrich Maria Kohl won the short documentary film competition. Tristan Galand won the full-length documentary film competition for “My voice will be with you”.
The jubilee edition will be held in a year’s time
The festival will end with a special screening of the film “Nie Czas dyaniu”, the last film with Daniel Craig as James Bond. The screening will be announced by the director Cary Joji Fukunaga and the Oscar-winning cinematographer Linus Sandgren.
The EnergaCamerimage festival in 2019, after 20 years, returned to Toruń, where it was held in 1993-1999. Later, he was transferred to Łódź, and in 2010 to Bydgoszcz. By 2025, the building of the European Film Center Camerimage is to be built in Toruń, its cost is estimated at PLN 600 million. The agreement on the creation and co-operation of a cultural institution called the Camerimage European Film Center was signed at the end of September 2019 by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage Piotr Gliński, President of Toruń Michał Zaleski and the festival director and its originator Marek Żydowicz.
The President of Toruń, Michał Zaleski, spoke on Saturday about the solid financial foundations of the festival provided by the Polish government and the city. – I am already inviting you to Toruń next year, for the jubilee – thirtieth – edition of the festival – emphasized the city’s steward.
The honorary patronage of the 29th edition of EnergaCamerimage was the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda.
Main photo source: Tytus Żmijewski / PAP