‘Nomadland’ cinematographer grabs main prize at Camerimage Festival

Cinematographer Joshua James Richards received the Golden Frog in the main competition of the Energa Camerimage Festival for the film "Nomadland", directed by the Chinese Chloe Zhao.

The event, held online, concluded on November 21 in Toruń, central Poland.

"Zieja", directed by Robert Gliński, won the Best Polish Film category. His work tells the story of the legendary Warsaw chaplain and Polish patriot, Jan Zieja.

"Our film knocked the coronavirus down because it was supposed to be released in March, but then an epidemic broke out. Now this film has risen and defeated the COVID-19. From now on, it will start a new life. It's a picture about values, morality. Such works are very difficult", said Robert Gliński.

The cinematographer for this film, Witold Płóciennik, expressed his great joy at being able to participate in this unique production.

"During this festival I missed the cinema very much, to go and sit down in the big room and see the production on the big screen. I hope that we will all meet in cinemas as soon as possible", he stated.

A special award for “exceptional visual sensitivity” went to Johnny Depp.

Due to restrictions related to the state of the epidemic, the 28th edition of the festival was held online. This was also what the Saturday closing gala looked like, which was entirely carried out online - using the possibility of remote connection and previously prepared audiovisual materials.

After 20 years, the Energa Camerimage Film Festival returned to Toruń in 2019, where it took place in the years 1993-99. Later it was moved to Łódź, central Poland, and in 2010 to Bydgoszcz, in north-central Poland.