Manaki Brothers - International Cinematographers’ Film Festival



Roger Deakins was born on 24 May, 1949, in the town of Torquay, Devon, England/United Kingdom. He studied still photography at the Bath School of Art and continued his education in this field at the National FilmSchoolNFS, UK (1972-75). Photography has remained his lasting love ever since this early period, while he proceeded to devote himself to filmmaking, having two periods in his career as a cinematographer:

The first, British period –starting from the mid-1970 when he made films in British cinema (most of them together with film director Michael Radford: ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE (1983), “1984” (the screen adaptation of the eponymous science fiction novel by George Orwell in the exact year of 1984) and WHITE MISCHIEF (1987), and in the meantime, in 1986, together with director Alex Cox and Gary Oldman in the title role of Sid Vicious, the front man of the punk band Sex Pistols, he made the cult film SID AND NANCY, while with director Mike Figgis he made the also famous STORMY MONDAY (1988); and

The second, American period when in 1990 with director Bob Rafelson he made his first American film MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON, while in 1991 he shot Joel and Ethan Coen’s first film BARTON FINK and proceeded to build the most fruitful collaboration with them, becoming their cinematographer partner and shooting all of their films which have in fact earned him most of the Academy Award nominations. Here are the 13 Oscar nominations which make him a world record-holder – a total of 5 for films made together with the Coen brothers, and 8 for films made with other directors. It was with director Frank Darabont that he got the first Academy Award nomination in 1995 for the film THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (shot in 1994 which is the year when he also won the ASC Award), then the film FARGO (directed by the Coen brothers, 1997, his second Oscar nomination for best cinematographer), followed by KUNDUN by director Martin Scorsese (nom. in 1998), then a few more by the Coen brothers OH, BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2001), THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (2002, that he should have won the first Oscar for, but at least it earned him the first of the 4 awards by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2008, winningtheBSC and BAFTA awards), followed by THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES… (nomination for 2008, directed by Andrew Dominik), THE READER by director Stephen Daldry (2009, a shared nomination with the other cinematographer– Chris Menges), then another film by the Coen brothers, TRUE GRIT (Nomination in 2011, plus 2 awards, by BAFTA and BSC), then SKYFALL (2013, directed by Sam Mendes), UNBROKEN (directed by Angelina Jolie, written by the Coen brothers, nomination for 2015), and then the first — PRISONERS (nomination for 2014), and second film– SICARIO, in collaboration with the Canadian director and screenwriter Denis Villeneuve –that he was nominated for in 2016; which was featured in our Festival’s Main Programme in 2015, and which was rightfully expected to earn Deakins his already deserved Oscar).

After several years of persistent attempts to bring one of the greatest living world cinematographers – Roger Deakins, to Macedonia/Bitola, our efforts finally came to fruition, and in the same year when he finally became an Oscar-winning author for his creation in the already anthological work of art, one of the many from his rich opus – BLADE RUNNER 2049.  A film created in collaboration with the Canadian director Denis Villeneuve with whom he previously also worked on two excellent works of art SICARIOи PRISONERS (2013, when they started their successful collaboration which earned them the Oscar for Deakins as the cherry on the top). Thus Deakins becomes a new member of our Club of Greats after winning the Oscar this year, and to our great satisfaction, when we sent him the invitation to become a Laureate of the Lifetime Achievement Golden Camera 300, we predicted that he would win the Oscar for BLADE RUNNER 2049, whereby finally, after 13 nominations, he was crowned with the Academy Award he had already earned a long time ago.

The outstanding number of 115 various international cinema awards and 148 nominations only serves to prove the greatness of our latest laureate.

Roger Deakins is rightfully a member of both the British and the American Society of Cinematographers, equally respected by these two significant world cinematographers’ associations, which have given him their annual Best Cinematographer Awards on several occasions.

Last, but definitely not the least, his most loyal and most confidential partner in life and business, who has lovingly committed herself to his career with all her might, is his wonderful spouse, James Ellis Deakins, that he has been married to since 1991 and who herself is a film professional, and often the script supervisor in his films.

To us, as organizers of the Manaki Brothers festival, and to the audiences and all film-lovers, the arrival of the Deakins couple in Bitola and Macedonia, as our top VIP guests, will be a great honor, a great pride and joy and the best possible way to head into another super-successful edition of the world’s oldest festival dedicated to the cinematographers’ art, this year together with the biggest star of the 39 “Manaki Brothers” – the Oscar-winner and our Laureate of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement  – Roger Deakins.


28 June, 2018