What’s on? As you can imagine, competition for screen time is rife. North of 3000 films have been submitted for consideration, but only a fraction of those will make the cut at the festival. “Although Camerimage is celebrating its 30th birthday, in my personal opinion, I don’t think that anyone has found the answer to some key questions,” says Suwała. “If a film isn’t very well shot, but it’s still a good film – should we show it? Likewise, if a film has beautiful cinematography but as a complete story actually isn’t very good, should we show it? It’s a difficult balance, but the answer is probably found when you work out how important the cinematography is in the story being told.” Once all submissions have been received, Żydowicz discusses their merits with a team before whittling down the list. “We just talk about art, and how the image shows what is seen through the eyes of the subject,” Suwała adds. “Films are chosen not because politically they
are important to be seen, they are chosen on merit.” Blockbusters such as Elvis , Top Gun: Maverick and Blonde will be screened. So too will Empire of Light , with the film’s director Sam Mendes set to be honoured with the Krzysztof Kieślowski award. There is also a raft of films not in competition that will be screened, including The Son , Armageddon Time , The Banshees of Inisherin , Women Talking , The Whale and Argentina, 1985 . Camerimage will also show films shot by Stephen H Burum ( The Untouchables ), who will receive the lifetime achievement award at the event, as well as documentaries by Alex Gibney, this year’s recipient of the award for outstanding achievements in documentary filmmaking. The EnergaCamerimage organisers are in the process of designing a bigger venue for the festival, which will be located next to the Cultural and Congress Centre Jordanki. It’s expected to be ready for the 2025 edition.
ONLY THE FINEST More than 3000 films have been submitted to the festival. Żydowicz and his team sift through all entries, seeking the best cinematography
21. DECEMBER 2022
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