The Camera Day concluded with the presentation of the ARRI AMIRA Award, which honors outstanding camera work in a documentary film. This year, Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor won for "Caniba," which Véréna Paravel also directed. The film tells the disturbing story of a Japanese man who raped and murdered a fellow student, and ate parts of her body.
The award jury acknowledged that the film asks a lot of its audience. “Our own need to distance ourselves becomes ever greater, we feel pressed, we literally squirm in front of the screen, but we cannot escape,” it said. “Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor create this inescapable confrontation through their clever and consistent image design. They force us to trace our own limits and cross them at the same time.”
In presenting the AMIRA Award Stephan Schenk, Managing Director of ARRI Cine Technik and General Manager of Business Unit Camera Systems, told the audience that the company has been involved in supporting documentaries throughout its long history. “Documentaries are part of our DNA,” he said “and what we bring to our high-end cinema cameras, we also bring to our AMIRA which has been successfully used in award winning documentaries like `The Ivory Game` or `Fuoco A Mare.` AMIRAs offer the same best overall image quality and reliability. But they are designed to address the demands of single-users.” He also pointed out the addition of important accessories for single-users like the Master Grips, and confirmed further developments for AMIRA including ARRIRAW support.