Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” To Close Camerimage Film Festival


Terry Gilliam To Present “The Zero Theorem” As The Festival’s Second Opening Night Film

Last Updated: November 12, 2013 1:25 am GMT
(Bydgoszcz, Poland--November 12, 2013) CAMERIMAGE, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, announced today that Ben Stiller’s new comedy drama The Secret Life of Walter Mitty has been selected to close the 21st edition of the Festival, which takes place November 16th – 23rd.

Additionally, Academy Award® nominee Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Brazil) and cinematographer Nicola Pecorini (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Cliffhanger, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) will present their sci-fi drama The Zero Theorem as the second opening film (following Saving Mr. Banks), which will be part of the Festival’s Opening Gala on Saturday, November 16th at the Opera Nova.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, directed by Ben Stiller (Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, Madagascar) with cinematography by Oscar® nominee Stuart Dryburgh (Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Piano, Analyze This), stars the multitalented actor, producer, writer and director himself alongside Oscar® nominee Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Despicable Me 2, How to Train Your Dragon), two-time Oscar® winner Sean Penn (Mystic River, 21 Grams, Milk) and Adam Scott (Step Brothers, The Aviator, Friends with Kids). The film follows a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, with cinemetography by Nicola Pecorini, stars two-time Oscar® winner Christopher Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds, Carnage), Oscar® winner Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting), Oscar® winner Tilda Swinton (Adaptation, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Moonrise Kingdom), Mélanie Thierry (The Legend of 1900, The Princess of Montepensier, The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch) and BAFTA Film Award nominee David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Seven Years in Tibet, Kingdom of Heaven). The film tells the story of Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius who lives in an Orwellian corporate world and suffers from existential angst. Under the instruction of a shadowy figure known only as “Management,” Qohen works to solve the “Zero Theorem” – a mathematical formula which will finally determine whether life has any meaning. Qohen’s work in the burnt-out chapel that serves as his home is interrupted by visits from Bainsley, a seductive woman, and Bob, the teenage son of Management.

In 2009, Terry Gilliam was the recipient of the Festival’s coveted ‘Camermage Special Award to the Director with Unique Visual Sensitivity.’ He and Nicola Pecorini were the special guests of the 17th edition of Camerimage, presenting their film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

Among the talent slated to appear at Camerimage are long-time, award-winning collaborators Marc Forster (World War Z, Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace) and Roberto Schaefer (Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace, Stranger Than Fiction), who will receive the Festival’s special ‘Cinematographer / Director Duo Award,’ honoring both their creativity and passion, and their ability to reach compromise in realizing a joint vision. Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winner John Turturro (Transformers, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, Transformers: Dark of the Moon) will be in attendance to receive the Festival’s distinguished ‘Special Award to Actor-Director.’ Academy Award® nominated cinematographer Sławomir Idziak (Black Hawk Down, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Gattaca) will be the recipient of the Festival’s prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’ Two-time Oscar® winning production designer and art director Rick Carter (Avatar, Forrest Gump, Jurassic Park) will be the recipient of the Festival’s ‘Production Designer with Unique Visual Sensitivity Award.’ And celebrated filmmaker Joan Churchill (Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Shut Up & Sing, Kurt & Courtney) will be bestowed the Festival’s ‘Award for Outstanding Achievements in Documentary Filmmaking.’


Now in its 21st Edition, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE is the most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography and is the biggest international film festival in Poland. The unconventional format of the Festival, which awards films according to their visual, aesthetic and technical values, is a unique alternative to traditional film festivals.

CAMERIMAGE proves to be a great forum not only for presentation but also for further development of international moviemaking and provides a platform for young filmmakers to explore new artistic areas.

In addition to the main competition, the Festival offers a Polish Films Competition, Student Etudes Competition, Documentary Films Competition, Feature Debuts Competition, Music Videos Competition, Camerimage Market, Camerimage Forum, special screenings and premieres, various reviews, retrospectives, meetings and also accompanying events such as art exhibitions and music performances.

Various presentations of modern film equipment and of the latest production and postproduction technologies (both traditional and digital) are also an inherent aspect of the Festival and have been organized with cooperation from companies such as Arri, Panavision, Kodak, Hawk, K5600, J.L. Fisher, Sony, Panasonic, KinoFlo, Technicolor, Canon, Zeiss and Red.

CAMERIMAGE is an extraordinary event where art and technology meet, creating a unique and unforgettable atmosphere. Please visit for more information.


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