The 2023 Berlin International Film Festival will honor French cinematographer Caroline Champetier with a Berlinale Camera Lifetime Achievement Award.
Champetier, who has produced groundbreaking work for directors such as François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Leos Carax, Claude Lanzmann and Margarethe von Trotta, will receive the prize at this year’s Berlinale on February 23.
The seasoned French cinematographer has spent behind the camera more than 100 feature films and numerous short films, since the start of her career in the early 1980s with Chantal Akerman The whole night (1982) and Jacques Rivette The North Bridge (1981), through acclaimed films like Xavier Beauvois Of gods and men (2011), as well as that of von Trotta Hannah Arendt (2012), in Carax Sacred Engines (2012) and Anette (2021).
Sacred Engines won Champetier the silver frog at the 2012 Camerimage festival, which celebrates cinematographers, and she received five César nominations, winning once for Of gods and men.
More recently, Champetier photographed Fyzal Boulifa’s 2022 Venice Film Festival entrance The damned don’t cry and the next Clicquotdirected by Thomas Napper and starring Haley Bennett, Leo Suter, Sam Riley and Tom Sturridge.
“With her extraordinary work, Caroline Champetier has shaped the vision of many unique filmmakers, creating a bridge between the New Wave and the younger generation,” said Berlinale Executive Director Mariëtte Rissenbeek and Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian. “More recently, his collaboration with Leos Carax has shown new digital potential.”
Champetier chose Anne Fontaine Innocents (2016), a period drama set in the aftermath of World War II, screened in his honor after the Berlinale ceremony.
In addition to the Berlinale Camera award, Berlin festival organizers rounded out the lineup for this year’s Berlinale Special program on Monday, adding two new films to the out-of-competition section.
love love you, Donna Summer (a.k.a Donna), a documentary about disco singing sensation Donna Summer from The 1619 Project director Roger Ross Williams and Brooklyn Sudano, will have its world premiere in Berlin. Additionally, the festival will pay homage to the first century of the Walt Disney Co. with a screening of Disney animated shorts selected by Disney Animation Studios President Clark Spencer, the Oscar-winning director of zootopia and Encanto.
The 73rd Berlinale takes place from February 16 to 26.
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