CO-FINANCED BY: KUJAWSKO-POMORSKIE REGION, MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND NATIONAL HERITAGE FROM PROMOTION OF CULTURE FUND AND POLISH FILM INSTITUTE
WITOLD SOBOCIŃSKI PASSED AWAY
Monday November 19th, 2018
We inform with deepest regret that on Monday, 19th of November, the distinguished Polish cinematographer Witold Sobociński passed away. Not only was he a true legend of Polish cinema and one of the co-creators of its international reputation (Andrzej Wajda’s The Wedding and The Promised Land, Wojciech Jerzy Has’s The Hourglass Sanatorium, Roman Polański’s Frantic, and many, many more), but also a wonderful pedagogue who inspired a few generations of students to express their thoughts and dreams through the power of moving images.
Witold Sobociński was also a dedicated friend of EnergaCAMERIMAGE Film Festival and had been taking part in this wonderful journey of ours from the festival’s inception. We awarded him for the first time in 1994, and for the last time – just over a week ago, 10th November 2018, when he took the stage to receive this year’s Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award. Following the ceremony, he stayed in Bydgoszcz for a week, eagerly sharing his knowledge and passion with hundreds of the festival participants.
When we said goodbye to him a few days ago, we were certain that we would see him during the subsequent edition of the Festival. And we will. For even if Witold Sobociński shall not visit us in person, he will talk with you and us through the moving images to which he dedicated his professional life. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Witold Sobociński’s family and friends, but to all film lovers around the world we say – remember him like we do, not in black and white, but in full colour.
Witold Sobociński with Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award,
photo by Paweł Skraba