International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography
November 26 - December 3, 2011
Bydgoszcz / Poland
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012, Plus Camerimage annually recognizes the best achievements in cinematography in multiple categories, including the Student Etudes Competition, Documentary Films Competition, Music Videos Competition, Feature Debuts Competition, Polish Films Competition, etc., and organizes an array of special screenings, retrospectives, and meetings. This year, Plus Camerimage hosted, for instance, retrospective programmes dedicated to Jay Rosenblatt, Albert Maysles, John Seale and Hal Hartley, Lithuanian Cinema - Films of Sharunas Bartas, and Best of the Wajda School.
Feature Documentary Films Competition
International jury: Jay Rosenblatt (filmmaker), Alan Barker (sound editor, cinematographer), Michael Glawogger (director, writer, cinematographer); Heiner Stadler (director, cinematographer, producer, professor); Wojciech Staroń (director, cinematographer).
The documentary feature section also included the following C&EE films: Invisible Strings - The Talented Pusker Sisters (director: Ágnes Sós, cinematographer: Ágnes Sós, Károly Markert, András Petróczy, Hungary 2010), and Phnom Penh Lullaby (director: Paweł Kloc, cinematographer: Przemyslaw Niczyporuk, Poland 2011).
Winner: Golden Frog Award
Lekarze , Poland, 2011, 80 min, HD, Creative, Health, Portrait
What happens behind the closed doors of surgical wards, treatment rooms and other spaces where specialist medical consultations take place? The film follows the everyday work of doctors in a surgical ward: the hierarchy between them, the need to take important decisions, the struggle with economic problems. Although usually they use a vernacular incomprehensible to an average person, they also tell jokes or insider’s anecdotes. Their work, despite the knowledge and experience acquired, may still involve surprising moments.
Short Documentary Films Competition
International jury: Haskell Wexler (cinematographer, director); Joan Churchill (cinematographer, director, producer); Sheila Curran Bernard (writer, director, producer); David Kwok (programming director, Tribeca Film Festival); Piotr Stasik (documentary filmmaker).
This year's documentary short competition also featured 38,5 (director: Grzegorz Dębowski, cinematographer: Yori Fabian, Poland 2010); Breath (director: Kullar Viimne, cinematographer: Kullar Viimne, Estonia 2011); What Happened on Pam Island (director: Eliza Kubarska, cinematographer: Łukasz Gutt, Eliza Kubarska, David Kaszlikowski, Poland 2011); Decrescendo (director: Marta Minorowicz, cinematographer: Paweł Chorzępa, Poland 2011); We Will Be Happy One Day (director: Paweł Wysoczański, cinematographer: Dominik Górski, Poland 2011); I Will Forget This Day (director: Alina Rudnitskaya, cinematographer: Alexandr Filippov, Russia 2011).
Winner: Golden Frog Award
Poland, 2011, 33 min, Digi Beta, Creative, Current Affairs, Portrait, Society
Following the life of a Polish paparazzo who tracks down the rich and the famous, the film depicts a world in which values are confused and rules are flexible. Yet it also shows that there is always a second chance for us to make our minds up about what kind of people we will be tomorrow.
Argentyńska lekcja , Poland, 2011, 56 min, Digi Beta, Creative, Personal View, Society, Travel
In 1998 Wojciech Staroń made the documentary film "The Siberian Lesson". The film told the story of a young teacher who emigrated to the vicinity of Lake Baikal in order to teach Polish deportees’ descendants their native language. Many years later, as a married couple with two children, the director and his wife are leaving for Argentina. For their little son, this trip will not only be an encounter with an unknown language. Influenced by their Argentinian friend, Janek enters the fascinating world of imagination, and is introduced to the bitterness of childhood prematurely contaminated by the problems of grown-ups.