Coates celebrated at Edit festival


Oscar-winning editor Anne V. Coates received Festival Honors — the highest honor awarded at the Edit Filmmakers Festival — Sunday at the event's opening gala at the Cinestar Metropolis theater in Frankfurt.

A capacity crowd of 650 filled the theater to honor Coates, who is perhaps best known for "Lawrence of Arabia."

In the evening's other highlight, cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno, a longtime collaborator with Federico Fellini, was honored with the first Tribute Award from Imago, the European Association of Cinematographers.

Tom Rolf, an Oscar-winning editor ("The Right Stuff") and past recipient of Festival Honors, presented the award to Coates.

"Anne is one of the great editors of all time," Rolf said. "Anne cares about taking gifted performances and making them the focus of the story."

The program included a clip reel of Coates' work, as well as messages from Clint Eastwood, Wolfgang Petersen and Steven Soderbergh.

Upon accepting the award, Coates joked: "Can you image a job where you get paid to look into the eyes of George Clooney and Peter O'Toole?"

Imago founder and cinematographer Luciano Tovoli presented the award to Rotunno. Said Rotunno: "This is most important award to me because it comes from cinematographers."

The Edit Filmmakers Festival is presented by the State of Hessen and the Hessian Office for Private Broadcasting and New Media. American Cinema Editors and Imago are festival partners.