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Frederick Wiseman to be honoured at Camerimage Festival

Warsaw, Oct 2 (IANS) Pioneering documentarian Frederick Wiseman will receive the Camerimage Award for Outstanding Achievements in Documentary Filmmaking at the 25th edition of Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

It will be held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, from November 11-18.

The festival will screen a selection of Wiseman’s films, and the filmmaker himself will be on hand to accept the award and talk to fest participants about his unorthodox approach to documentary filmmaking, reports

The Camerimage honour comes to Wiseman on the 50th anniversary of his seminal 1967 debut film, “Titcut Follies”, which casts the spotlight on the patient-inmates of Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane, a Massachusetts correctional institution.

The fest said: “The cinema of Frederick Wiseman is not easy to digest, for it demands both the viewers’ complete attention, something which is becoming increasingly difficult in this constantly accelerating world of ours, and their intense participation…”

“‘Titicut Follies’ still evokes strong emotions, proving indisputably that the line between the primitive and the civilized was, is and always will be very thin.”

This year, Wiseman received an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

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