Tarantino among winners at international film festival in Torun

Tarantino among winners at international film festival in Torun Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

Director Quentin Tarantino, cinematographer Robert Richardson and actors Richard Gere and Edward Norton were among the winners at the 27th edition of the EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival in Torun, north-central Poland.

"EnergaCamerimage is a great firm that meshes perfectly with the sphere of world cinema, as can be seen by our guests here today. The position of this festival fits in nicely with the development of the film market in Poland," said Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Glinski, who was present at the festival's closing gala on Saturday.

At this year's festival, Robert Richardson, an Oscar-winning cinematographer, and Quentin Tarantino, an Oscar-winning screenwriter, received the Camerimage 2019 Cinematographer–Director Duo Award.

American actor Edward Norton was awarded the Krzysztof Kieslowski Acting Award, named after the Polish director, while Richard Gere, another American actor and a Golden Globe winner, received the Golden Frog acting award.

Lech Majewski was given a special directing award.

Also during the ceremony, cinematographer and past Motion Picture Academy president John Bailey received the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award.

An award for production design went to Jan Roelfs, and Camerimage also presented a special honour to the British Society of Cinematographers on its 70th anniversary.

"Joker," whose cinematographer was Lawrence Sher, claimed the Golden Frog in the main competition and also won the Audience Award at this year's festival.

The Silver Frog was given to "The Two Popes," filmed by Cesar Charlone. The Bronze Frog went to "The Painted Bird," filmed in black and white by Vladimir Smutny.

The winner in the Polish films competition was "Mister T." directed by Marcin Krzysztalowicz.

"Midnight Family," directed and filmed by Luke Lorentzen won for Best Documentary Feature, and "Euphoria" took the prize for Best Series Pilot.

After 20 years, the EnergaCamerimage Film Festival returned to Torun, where it took place in the years 1993-99. Later it was moved to Lodz, in central Poland, and in 2010 to Bydgoszcz, in northern Poland. This year, it was held at four premises in the centre of Torun where, by 2025, the European Film Centre CAMERIMAGE will be built.

This year's film festival was held under the honorary patronage of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda.