Manaki Brothers - International Cinematographers’ Film Festival

Representative of the global company within the motion picture media industry – ARRI is present in Bitola

The artistic director of the festival, Gena Teodosievska, talked with Clemens Danzer, a representative of the global company within the motion picture media industry – ARRI. ARRI is celebrating its 100-year anniversary since its creation. The company was formed in 1917, in Munich, Germany, where the headquarters is still located today. ARRI is a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and lighting systems for the film and broadcast industry, with a worldwide distribution and service network.

-I am very excited to be here. This is my first time in Macedonia and I am sorry I can’t speak your language yet, but I hope I will come here more often and that will change. What I really like about the festival is that it’s focused on the cinematographers, I think that is very special compared with the rest of the festivals in Europe. The cinematographers are the people that enable the magic of the film and that convey the emotion – said Danzer.

Further on he said that the heart of ARRI, the company in which he works for 26 years now, are in fact the engineers who constantly work on innovations and the bettering of the equipment for shooting films which sets ARRI as a leader in the world market, especially with the new mini camera ALEXA, which is used by more and more cinematographers as a main camera for shooting films, although it was initially considered as a smaller, secondary camera.

The master-class with Luca Coassin is also being held today, honoring the laureate Giuseppe Rotunno. Regarding the film part of the program, the film “Spoor” in the competition for “Golden Camera 300” will be screened tonight, directed by Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik, and shot by the cinematographers Jolanta Dylewska and Rafal Paradowski.

From the documentary program the film “Dancing Beethoven” is also being screened today, as well as two films from this year’s countries in focus – Austria and Denmark; “Ugly” directed by Juri Rechinsky and “Rosita” directed by Frederikke Aspöck.

After the press-conference, the guests and journalists had the chance to try authentic Macedonian products, such as ajvar, lutenica, quality cheese from Hina and Bitolska Mlekara, as well as wine from the Tikvesh winery.