Poland’s Camerimage Unveils Lineup, Including Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’


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‘Hacksaw Ridge’

The 24th edition of a festival that celebrates the art of cinematography takes place in Bydgoszcz next month and will also screen ‘Snowden’ and ‘Arrival,’ among others.

Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and Andrzej Wajda’s Afterimage are among 13 films competing for the main Golden Frog Award next month at Poland’s Camerimage festival.

The 24th edition of the festival that celebrates the art of cinematography includes films by directors noted for working with some of the world’s best cinematographers.

The competition, festival organizers say, focuses on feature films “where the image significantly contributes to the way a story is told,” and where “the visual value of these films results from the cooperation between a director and a cinematographer and the unusual sensitivity of the author of a film image.”

Wajda’s Afterimage, lensed by Pawel Edelman, is this year’s Polish submission for the Oscars’ best foreign-language film race. The story of the final years of noted avantgarde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, it was completed only months before Wajda’s death, at the age of 90, on Oct. 9.

Hacksaw Ridge, about an idealistic young pacifist who nevertheless enlists at a U.S Army medic intent on saving lives, depicts the Battle of Okinawa, shot by cinematographer Simon Duggan.

Other films in the lineup include Arrival, Denis Villeneuve’s alien encounter movie shot by Bradford Young; Atom Egoyan’s holocaust revenge story Remember, with cinematography by Paul Sarrosy; and Oliver Stone’s NSA whistleblower biopic Snowden, lensed by Anthony Dod Mantle.

The remaining films in competition are: Blood and Glory (directed by Sean Else, with cinematography by Adam Bental); Lion (Garth Davis/Greig Fraser); Marie Curie (Marie Noelle/Michal Englert); A Monster Calls (Juan Antonio Bayona/Oscar Faura; Moonlight (Barry Jenkins/James Laxton); Oscuro Animal (Felipe Guerrero/Fernando Lockett);  Past Life (Avi Nesher/Michel Abramowicz); and Tanna (Martin Butler and Bentley Dean/Bentley Dean).

The 24th edition of Camerimage runs Nov. 12-Nov. 19 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

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