Göteborg International Film Festival Launches Sven Nykvist Award

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Sat, 06/08/2013 - 14:06 -- Nick Dager

Starting in 2014, the Göteborg International Film Festival will be presenting a new award in memory of the cinematographer Sven Nykvist who worked with Ingmar Bergman and Roman Polanski among others. The award (worth 50,000 SEK, about 5,800 Euros) will be provided in cooperation with the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Foundation. The award will go to innovative cinematographers, especially those working in the vein of Nykvist. 

Sven NykvistMarit Kapla, artistic director at the festival says, “Cinematography is an essential part of the language of film. It’s a great pleasure that the festival, together with the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Foundation, will able to highlight the first-class cinematographers active in the Nordic countries.”

The main tasks of the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Foundation are to inspire and to promote the development of cinematographic art as well as to administer Nykvist’s artistic legacy.

Nykvist (1922-2006) was one of the world’s most renowned cinematographers. His cinematographic career spans 123 films—24 of which were done together with Ingmar Bergman. He also worked with several other big names like Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Philip Kaufman and Andrei Tarkovsky. During his career he was awarded with two Oscars, one for Cries and Whispers and the other for Fanny and Alexander.

The Göteborg International Film Festival 2014 will take place from January 24 through February 3, 2014. The Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award will be handed out at the closing gala during the last weekend of the festival.