12:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Johnny Depp to Be Honored at Camerimage
Johnny Depp will accept the Camerimage Award for an actor with unique visual sensitivity, remotely from the U.S., during the 28th EnergaCamerimage international cinematography festival from Nov. 14 to 21 in Torun, Poland.
Organizers also announced that Andrew Levitas' sophomore feature Minamata — starring Depp as war photographer W. Eugene Smith — will be the festival's closing night film.
"To say that Johnny Depp immersed himself completely in the role of W. Eugene Smith would be a gross understatement. He literally disappeared into his true-to-life character, making the famed photographer yet another in a series of mesmerizing performances that captured the attention of the worldwide audience," said festival organizers in a released statement. "From his breakthrough role in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands to Minamata’s Smith and the upcoming turn as archvillain Gellert Grindelwald in helmer David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3, Johnny Depp earned himself a reputation of a true acting chameleon capable of handling basically everything that the screenwriters, directors, costume designers, make-up artists and others threw at him."
Camerimage organizers add of Minamata, "Smith’s trail of tears to document the effects mercury poisoning had on the people [of Minamata, Japan] was captured in beautiful yet artistic and subtle tones by the famed cinematographer Benoît Delhomme." The DP's credits include The Theory of Everything and At Eternity's Gate.