Award season and the film festival season has offically began it’s kick off this week with the Venice Film Festival, known as one of the most sanctified film festivals in the world, the festival takes place in Venice Italy, and here on the island of Lido, cinema is celebrated with sincerity, especially honored are the creators and artists who are dedicated to the craft of filmmaking.
One of those artists is Luca Bigazzi, the Director of Photography who has helped shape Italian cinema throughout the last century. He will be honored with the Campari Passion for Film Award.
Popular Italian liquer brand Campari and La Biennale di Venezia honor cinematographer Luca Bigazzi with the Campari Passion for Film Award on Sunday, September 1st. The annual award was initally established last year and the first winner was the American editor Bob Murawski, who won the Oscar for The Hurt Locker. The aim of the Campari Passion for Film Award is to celebrate the work of the professionals of the seventh art as costume designers, editors, set designers, composers, directors of photography, etc. These incredible craft departments are often overlooked, under-appreciated and take second place to actors, and directors. but never the less they are incredibly essential for the success of the film itself.
Venice Film Festival Director, Alberto Barbera commented “Italian cinema, from the second half of the 1980s to today, is closely tied to the extraordinary work of Luca Bigazzi. With his personal, unorthodox approach, Bigazzi has revolutionized the way the cinematographer’s work is conducted: limited time dedicated to positioning the lights, a creative and ingenious way of using natural light sources, always glued to the view-finder to pinpoint the best possible angles and the most appropriate movements of the camera.”
Luca Bigazzi made his way from advertising to cinema in the early 1980’s with his debut as a cinematographer in Silvio Soldini’s film Paesaggio con figure, presented at the Locarno Film Festival. Luca Bigazzi is mainly known for Italian films such as The Great Beauty, The Way We Laughed, Bread and Tulips and Biennale-bound/Paolo Sorrentino’sThe New Pope the sequel to The Young Pope. He became the first Italian cinematographer to be nominated at the Primetime Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie for his work on The Young Pope.
The Passion for Film Award ceremony will happen tomorrow, Sunday, September 1st at 4:30pm (Venice time) in the Sala Grande. The delivery ceremony will take place before the world premiere of the series by Paolo Sorrentino. The New Pope , with Jude Law, Silvio Orlando, John Malkovich, Ludvine Sagnier, Cécile de France and Javier Cámara. A beautiful masterpiece in television in which Bigazzi took care of photography.