21 September, Bitola – Tonight, we bowed to another film wizard in this 40th jubilee year of the “Manaki Brothers” festival, Yorgos Arvanitis. For almost six decades he has lit and shaped images with exceptional beauty in more than hundreds feature films throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. He captures clarity with unsurpassed elegance in the melancholic world of the directors, gives texture and depth with his camera even to the ghostly and laconic characters, and he has worked with Theo Angelopoulos, Jean Jacques Andrien, Dinos Katsouridis, Pantelis Voulgaris, Volker Schlöndorff, Michael Cacoyannis, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Marco Bellocchio, Agnieszka Holland, Bruno Podalydès, Goran Paskaljevic, Marco Ferreri…
Arvanitis was awarded with the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement.
-It is an honor to be at this festival and to be together with all the great cinematographers. It’s my honor to be present at this festival that appreciates the image and the cinematography, and I am especially honored that I am here, as my roots are somewhere around here, as I am a Vlach, Arvanitis said, thanking once more for the invite and the given honors.
The award was presented to Arvanitis by the festival director, Gena Teodosievska.