From the very beginning, the Camerimage Festival has been dedicated to the language of cinematography, especially the visual aspects of it that enrich the storytelling. The festival could not have remained indifferent to the cooperation between the cinematographer and the director duos, as so many outstanding films have been shot thanks to their creative cooperation. There have been many great duos in the history of cinema, some of whom are known for their unique aesthetic and narrative style and their impact on future generations of filmmakers. In the 22 editions of the Camerimage Festival, we have recognized many cinematographer–director duos. In giving the duo award, we have usually considered the many years of cooperation between the cinematographer and the director as well as dozens of films that stand out in narrative and aesthetic terms. We have also presented awards to duos that have only completed a few projects together. However, the main selection criterion has always been the value of the created films.
Majid Majidi and Vittorio Storaro

This year the Outstanding Cinematic Duo Award is presented to two outstanding artists—director Majid Majidi and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro—for creating the remarkably important film Muhammad: The Messenger of God. This is the first part of the planned trilogy that tells the story of the life of the Prophet Muhammad. The film presents his childhood years and helps explain the roots of the Muslim religion and its message, which revolves around tolerance and love for a fellow human being. The many years of cooperation between Majidi and Storaro culminated in a film which includes both epic battle scenes and reflective scenes that bring the viewer closer to the essence of Islamic spirituality by showing the most important moments in the life of the protagonist and the people that surrounded him.
Poster of "Muhammad: The Messenger of God"

Drawing on the tradition and iconography of Islam, but also on the Qur’an and many historical sources, Majidi and Storaro render the beauty and splendour of sixth-century Mecca in an exceptionally suggestive manner. They create a vibrant story about cherishing other human beings, forbearance, and love. Muhammad: The Messenger of God is a bold and expressive voice on an extremely important contemporary topic. We are forced to find a common understanding with Muslims, whose beliefs are obscure for Western civilization, making them seem dangerous, as well as being associated with the threat posed by religious fundamentalists. Majidi and Storaro's film helps the viewer to understand how remote these two are from the essence of the values preached by Muhammad. Muhammad: The Messenger of God was shot not to divide, but to unite.
Still from "Muhammad: The Messenger of God"

Muhammad: The Messenger of God will be screened for the first time in Europe at the 23rd edition of theCAMERIMAGE International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography. Majid Majidi and Vittorio Storaro will be our guests of honour and will meet with the festival audience after the film. You are warmly invited to visit Bydgoszcz!


Majid Majidi and Vittorio Storaro are legends of global cinema. Both are famous for their love for cinematography and aesthetic exploration. In all of their projects they engage in dialogue with viewers of various cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds, while not forgetting about the vital importance of setting their stories in a cultural, historical, and psychological context.
Selected films:

Majid Majidi:
  • The Song of Sparrows, cin. Tooraj Mansouri, 2008
  • Beed-e majnoon, cin. Bahram Badakshani, Mahmoud Kalari, 2005
  • Rain, Mohammad Davudi, 2001
  • The Colour of Paradise, cin. Mohammad Davudi, 1999
  • Children of Heaven, cin. Parviz Malekzaade, 1997
  • Father, cin. Mohsen Zolnavar, 1996
  • Baduk, cin. Mohammad Dormanesh, 1992

Vittorio Storaro:
  • Io, Don Giovanni, dir. Carlos Saura, 2009
  • Tango, dir. Carlos Saura, 1998
  • Little Buddha, dir. Bernardo Bertolucci, 1993
  • The Last Emperor, dir. Bernardo Bertolucci, 1987
  • Reds, dir. Warren Beatty, 1981
  • Apocalypse Now, dir. Francis Ford Coppola, 1979
  • The Conformist, dir. Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970