CamerImage 2013: Rush, Lifetime Achievement Award
Posted on Tuesday November 19, 2013, 15:12 by Simon Braund in Under The Radar
The big movie on Sunday at Camerimage was Ron Howard’s F1 biopic Rush, which screened in the Main Competition. Thanks to the superb work of cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (Oscar winner for Slum Dog Millionaire) a Golden Frog is certainly not out of the question. Also screening in the Main Competition was director Agnieszka Holland’s Burning Bush (cinematographer Martin Strba), the story of Jan Patach, a young Czech man who committed suicide by self-immolation in 1969 to protest the Warsaw Pact’s brutal suppression of the Prague Spring. It was an act that planted the seeds of political change in Czechoslovakia. Following the screening Holland and Strb chaired a discussion on the film and on the upheavals triggered by Patach’s death, events that Holland witnessed at first hand.
The recipient of this year’s Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award is (or will be, when it’s handed to him next Sunday) eminent Polish cinematographer Stawomir Idziak, perhaps most famous for his brilliant collaborations with director Krzystof Kieslowski on the Three Colors trilogy. Three Colors: Blue and Black Hawk Down were screened on Sunday as part of an Idziak retrospective. Anticipate a near riot at the closing ceremony when the local boy takes the top prize.
Away from the screening rooms, Empire was treated to more of the notoriously generous Polish hospitality at a party hosted by Bydgoszcz’s mayor, Rafal Bruski, at the resplendent Sloneczny Mlyn – three times winner of the Most Unpronounceable Hotel Name In Europe award. And if you don’t believe that, try sampling some Polish hospitality for yourself, then try telling a cab driver where you’re staying and see how far you get. Drinks flowed (and flowed and flowed) while buffet tables groaned under the weight of delicious, exquisitely presented finger food, most of it featuring smoked pig in one guise or another.
Monday in Bydgoszcz was marked by another fantastic party, also at the Sloneczny Mlyn (a very pleasant hostelry, if you ever find yourself in town), also boasting abundant booze and a buffet to die for. Earlier in the day, the festival’s Polish Films competition kicked off with Wojciech Smarzowski’s political satire Traffic Department (a film notable for, among other things, its intertwining of footage shot on pro cameras with that shot on mobile phones) and Malgoska Szumowska’s In The Name Of, a compelling drama about a Catholic priest coming to terms with his homosexuality. Screening in the Main Competition were Lee Daniel’s The Butler and director Thomas Imbach’s lush historical biopic (biopics seem to be big this year) Mary Queen Of Scots.