Hungary’s Oscar submission for the foreign-language film category, On Body and Soul, which was lensed by Mate Herbai, won the Golden Frog in Camerimage’s main competition on Saturday.
Two other foreign-language film Oscar entries also were honored at the international cinematography festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Cinematographer Mikhail Krichman’s lensing of Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless (Russia’s Oscar submission) won the Silver Frog, and lenser Anthony Dod Mantle’s work on Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father (Cambodia’s submission), based on Loung Ung’s memoir, collected the Bronze Frog.
Additional honors handed out included the audience award, which went to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, lensed by Ben Davis and directed by Martin McDonagh.
On Body and Soul, Ildiko Enyedi’s abattoir-set romance, was cinematographer Herbai’s first experience in Camerimage’s main competition. Earlier this year, the film won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Krichman — the lenser of Loveless, which follows a couple going through a vicious divorce when their 12-year-old son disappears — previously won the Golden Frog in 2014 for the Oscar nominee Leviathan and the Silver Frog in 2010 for Silent Souls.
Dod Mantle, an Oscar and Golden Frog winner for 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire, also claimed the Bronze Frog a year ago for Snowden.
The complete list of winners can be found here.
Camerimage has emerged as a bellwether of sorts for what’s to come during Oscar season. In three of the last four years, the winner of the Golden Frog in the main competition has gone on to earn an Oscar nomination in cinematography. That includes 2013 winner Ida, from Poland, which won the Oscar for best foreign-language film and received a nomination for cinematographers Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski; 2015 winner Carol, which garnered six Oscar nominations including one for lenser Edward Lachman; and 2016 winner Lion, which earlier this year collected six Oscar nominations, including one for cinematographer Greig Fraser.
Also this week at Camerimage, two-time Oscar winner John Toll received the festival’s lifetime achievement award. Special honors also went to director Phillip Noyce; producer Paul Wagner; editor Paul Hirsch; production designer Adam Stockausen; Frederick Wiseman, for achievements in documentary filmmaking; and Wayne Isham, for achievements in music videos. Kenneth Branagh received the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for a director, and he shared the cinematographer-director duo prize with lenser Haris Zambarloukos.