Magazine article Screen International

War Witch Triumphs at Camerimage

Magazine article Screen International

War Witch Triumphs at Camerimage

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Kim Nguyen's War Witch won the coveted Golden Frog at the Plus Camerimage festival, beating Leo Carax's Holy Motors.

The awards were handed out at the close of the 20th International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz.

War Witch, originally titled Rebelle, is the story of a young teen in Sub-Saharan Africa who speaks to her unborn child about life since being abducted by a rebel army. Cinematography was handled by Nicolas Bolduc.

The film, which is Canada's entry to the Foreign Language category at the 85th Academy Awards, won the Silver Bear in Berlin for Congolese star Rachel Mwanza as well as the best narrative feature and best actress prizes at Tribeca; the audience award at the Cambridge Film Festival; and the top award in the Noves Visions section at Sitges.

Holy Motors, with cinematography from Carline Champetier, won the Silver Frog.

Rhino Season, the Turkey/Kurdistan/Iraq co-pro from Bahman Ghobadi, won the Bronze Frog for Touraj Aslani's cinematography.

The 20th edition of the festival, which ran from Nov 24 to Dec 1, featured 314 films from around the world, opening with Keanu Reeves-produced documentary Side by Side and the Polish premiere of Ang Lee's Life of Pi.

Special guests included director David Lynch, who accepted a lifetime achievement award, and Gus Van Sant, who accepted the Director Duo Award on behalf of his late friend and collaborator Harris Savides.

This year's jury included directors Joel Schumacher, Alan Parker, Roger Spottiswoode Michael Lindsay Hogg, Pawel ?ozi?ski and Steven Okazaki as well as editor Alan Heim and cinematographer Karl Walter Lindenlaub.

Other winners (with jury comments)

Student Films Competition

Golden Tadpole winner: Blackstory

The most original and innovative film that opens the gate to the future. Christoph Brunner and Stefan Brunner directors, Robert Oberreiner, cinematographer. Institut fur Film und Fersehen Filmakadmie Wien, Austria and Switzerland.

Silver Tadpole winner: The Zone

Brave, bold story, told with cinematographic teamwork. Lauri Randla, director, Mikko Kaumunen, cinematographer. University of Art and Design, Finland.

Bronze Tadpole winner: Without Snow

A gentle, beautifully told story, made with sensibility and maturity. Magnus von Horn, director & Magnus Borge, cinematographer. …

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