The international cinematography festival’s audience award went to ‘Three Billboards.’
Hungary’s Oscar submission for the foreign langauge film category, On Body and Soul, which is lensed by Mate Herbai, won the Golden Frog in Camerimage’s main competition.
Also Saturday at the international cinematography festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland, two additional foreign language film entries were honored. Cinematographer Mikhail Krichman’s lensing of Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless (Russia’s Oscar entry) won the Silver Frog and cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle’s work on Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father (Cambodia’s entry), based on Loung Ung’s memoir, collected the Bronze Frog.
Additional honors handed out on Saturday included the audience award, which went to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, lensed by Ben Davis and directed by Martin McDonagh.
Ildiko Enyedi’s abattoir-set romance On Body and Soul was lensed by Herbai during his first experience in Camerimage’s main competition. Earlier this year, the film won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
Krichman, the cinematographer of Loveless, which follows a couple going through a vicious divorce when their 12-year-old son disappears, previously won the Golden Frog in 2014 for Oscar nominee Leviathan, and the Silver Frog in 2010 for Silent Souls.
Dod Mantle, an Oscar and Golden Frog winner for Slumdog Millionaire, also claimed the Bronze Frog a year ago, for Snowden.
The complete list of winners can be found here.
Camerimage has emerged as a bellwether of sorts for what’s to come during Oscar season. In three of the last four years, the winners of Golden Frog in the main competition has gone on to earn an Oscar nomination in cinematography. That includes 2013 winner, Hungary’s Ida, which won the Oscar for best foreign language film and earned a nomination for cinematographers Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski; 2015 winner Carol, which earned six Oscar nominations including one for cinematographer Edward Lachman; and 2016 winner, Lion, which earlier this year earned six Oscar nominations including one for cinematographer Greig Fraser.
Also this week at Camerimage, two-time Oscar winner John Toll received the Festival’s lifetime achievement award. Special honors also went to director Phillip Noyce; producer Paul Wagner; editor Paul Hirsch; production designer Adam Stockausen; Frederick Wiseman, for achievements in documentary filmmaking; and Wayne Isham, for achievements in music videos. Kenneth Branagh received the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for a director, and he shared the cinematographer-director duo award with cinematographer Haris Zambarloukos.