At Camerimage, the aim of the main competition is to present films with unique visual appeal, emphasizing the contribution of the cinematographer to the final work. An international jury will choose and award the authors of the best cinematography. The films are:
“Afterimage,” directed by Andrzej Wajda, with cinematography by Pawel Edelman. The film shows the final years of painter Władysław Strzemiński, who was persecuted by the communist regime even as he promoted socialist realism.
“Arrival,” directed by Dennis Villeneuve, with cinematography by Bradford Young. The sci-fi pic stars Amy Adams as a linguist who tries to make contact with aliens who have landed on earth.
“Blood and Glory,” directed by Sean Else, lensed by Adam Bentel. The film tells an inspiring story of survival under harsh conditions in the aftermath of the second Anglo–Boer War.
“Hacksaw Ridge,” directed by Mel Gibson, with DP work by Simon Duggan. This true story follows a young patriotic pacifist played by Andrew Garfield who proves his mettle during World War II.
“Lion,” directed by Garth Davis, shot by Greig Fraser. The movie tells the bittersweet story of a five-year-old Indian boy separated from his family, raised in Australia, who searches for his roots.
“Marie Curie,” directed by Marie Noelle, with cinematography by Michal Englert. This film explores the life of the greatest female Polish scientist, Maria Skłodowska-Curie, who won the Nobel Prize in two categories: physics and chemistry.
“A Monster Calls,” directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, shot by Oscar Faura. A bullied boy whose mother is dying of cancer seeks solace in his boundless imagination.
“Moonlight,” directed by Barry Jenkins, with cinematography by James Laxton. The film explores three stages in the life of a black boy in Miami as he grows into manhood and unpeels secrets about himself and the world around him.
“Oscuro Animal,” directed by Felipe Guerrero and lensed by Fernando Lockett. This dialogue-free tale is set in Colombia and focuses on the lives of three women in the midst of a brutal civil war
“Past Life,” directed by Avi Nesher, shot by Michel Abramowicz. This story focuses on young Israeli soprano and her family, exposing dark secrets and asking ambivalent questions about the holocaust and the nature of evil.
“Remember,” directed by Atom Egoyan, lensed by Paul Sarossy. This film, rooted in World War II, is a morally ambiguous tale of human frailty, deceptive memory, and the different faces of truth, which does not always set one free.
“Snowden,” directed by Oliver Stone, with cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle. This is the movie version of story of Edward Snowden, the former CIA and NSA contractor responsible for the greatest leak of confidential data in the history of the United States.
“Tanna,” directed by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, with DP work by Dean. This Romeo and Juliet-style drama thriller is set on the scenic islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific.
(Pictured above: Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge”)