The Florian Hoffmeister lensed thriller Tár from director Todd Field topped the Camerimage main competition, collecting the Golden Frog during the closing ceremony of the cinematography film festival Saturday.
The Focus Features pic follows the fictional orchestra conductor Lydia Tár, considered one of the greatest at her craft and the first female chief conductor of a major German orchestra, as her life starts to unravel after she is embroiled in a swirl of #MeToo scandals.
The Golden Frog win gives cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister a new boost in the 2023 Oscars race, with three out of the last five Golden Frog winners going on to earn Oscar nominations in cinematography. Those titles include Lion(2016), Joker (2019), and Nomadland (2020).
In other main competition awards, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s latest Bardo: False Chronicle Of A Handful Of Truths, lensed by Darius Khondji, took home the Silver Frog and Living from cinematographer Jamie D. Ramsay and director Oliver Hermanus took the Bronze Frog.
Bardo also picked up The International Federation of Film Critics Award for Best Film, while Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, lensed by Mandy Walker, picked up Camerimage’s coveted audience award.
The main competition jury was led by director and visual artist Lech Majewski. He was joined by producer Fred Berger, cinematographers Markus Förderer and Arthur Reinhart, and production designer Jan Roelfs.
This year Camerimage celebrated its 30th anniversary. The festival opened with a screening of Sam Mendes’s latest Empire of Light. Mendes was also handed the festival’s Krzysztof Kieslowski achievement award for directing.