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Michael Apted, whose credits range from a screen adaptation of the children’s classic The Chronicles of Narnia to Gorillas in the Mist, the story of wildlife expert Dian Fossey, will receive a lifetime achievement award for directing at next month’s 24th edition of Camerimage.
The festival, which celebrates the art of cinematography, will also give its joint Cinematographer-Director Duo Award to Paul Sarossy and Atom Egoyan.
Apted began his career directing the first episode of the seminal and now long-running British television documentary Seven Up! in 1964. The series, which tracked the lives of children from different social backgrounds, was last updated four years ago as 56Up.
The documentary remains an iconic one in a career that has encompassed huge Hollywood productions, such as Bond movie The World Is Not Enough and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; award-winning independent films, such as Coal Miner’s Daughter (for which Sissy Spacek won an Oscar) and Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey; and cutting-edge documentaries, including Incident at Oglala and Moving the Mountain.
Apsted is “interested primarily in the people in his films; their joys, sorrows and struggles, in how they deal with different kinds of situations, both fictional and based on facts,” Camerimage said. Organizers also cited his forays into television: He launched HBO’s Rome and has directed episodes of Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex.
The festival, which runs in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Nov.12-19, will also honor cinematographer Paul Sarossy and director Atom Egoyan.
The Canadian filmmaking duo started working together in 1989 on Speaking Parts. Their most recent film is 2015’s Holocaust revenge movie Remember. During more than 30 years of collaboration, the two have shot 12 features together and other projects including a television adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s play Krapp’s Last Tape.
“They understand each other without any words, just like the best cinematographer-director duets in the history of cinema,” the festival said. “But the most important feature of their collaboration is the fact that after all these years of telling engrossing stories they did not lose the ability to talk to each other and thus influence each other’s visions.”
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