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Birgit Gudjónsdóttir receives honorary award from Deutscher Kamerapreis

Icelandic/Austrian cinematographer Birgit Gudjónsdóttir has received the honorary award of Deutcscher Kamerapreis, an annual award ceremony in Germany. The honorary award is awarded to an individual with an outstanding career in filmmaking. Birgit will accept the award at Deutscher Kamerapreis‘ gala in Cologne on July 7.

The jury‘s motivation maintains that Gudjónsdóttir is very perceptive and has good insight, and this goes for both film and TV. She is able to tackle real issues and elicit moods and athmosphere thanks to her good eye. Her talents are not limited to shooting beautiful pictures, as she combines a finely calculated blend of right moments, setups, viewpoints and movement of the camera. Her pictures capture an inner power that encourage the viewers to deliberate what they have seen. The jury also mentioned Gudjónsdóttir‘s professional and humane presence in the film industry where she has championed gender equality.

Gudjónsdóttir was born in 1962 in Reykjavík, Iceland, to an Icelandic father and Austrian mother and has lived in Berlin since the turn of the millenium. During that time she has mostly worked on German projects as a cinematographer, including María Sólrún‘s Jargo, which had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2004. She was also the cinematographer of Turkish film Our Grand Despair, which had its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2011. She has also worked as camera operator on German film Good Bye Lenin! and American films The Bourne Supremacy and Æeon Flux