29-03-2012

Kvedaravicius Takes Top Lithuanian Cinematographers Award

By FNE Staff

{mosimage}VILNIUS: Lithuanian director and cinematographer Mantas Kvedaravicius received the annual Lithuanian Cinematographers award "The Oak"(www.azuolai.lt) for the documentary film Barzakh.

Based on one Chechen family, the film depicts the horrors of the war after the withdrawal of the Russians.

Barzakh was produced by the Finnish production company Sputnik Oy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), managing producer Aki Kaurismäki and Lithuanian film company Extimacy Films (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Kvedaravičius competed against cinematographers Audrius Kemežys and Ramūnas Greičius. Kemežys has worked with documentary film Raminas, directed by Audrius Stonys. Greičius shot the historical action drama Tadas Blinda. Pradžia (Tadas Blinda. Beginning www.tadasblinda.lt), directed by DonatasUlvydas.

The ceremony held at the St. Kotryna church in Vilnius was organized by the Lithuanian Association of Cinematographers ( www.lac.lt).

The lifetime achievement award was given to Jonas Tomaševičius for cinematography in the feature films Feelings (Jausmai, 1968, directors A. Grikevičius, A. Dausa), Herkus Mantas (1972, director M. Giedrys), Ave, vita (1969, director A. Grikevičius), Perskeltas dangus (1974, director M. Giedrys), Skrydis per Atlantą (1983, director R. Vabalas), and Moteris ir keturi jos vyrai (1983, director A. Puipa).

This year‘s jury of professionals gave a special award to encourage young cinematographers. The certificate went to Linas Dabriška for cinematography on the film Ten reasons (Dešimt priežasčių, directed by A.Blaževičius.