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The Middleburg Film Festival has announced that composer Carter Burwell (“Mr. Holmes,” “Fargo”) and cinematographer Dante Spinotti (“Heat,” “L.A. Confidential”) will receive the 2015 Distinguished Film Composer and Distinguished Cinematographer awards, respectively. Both Burwell and Spinotti will be in attendance to accept their awards, and their latest films, the Cannes darling “Carol” and the highly anticipated “I Saw the Light,” will be screened in their honor.
“Carol” marks Burwell’s second collaboration with director Todd Haynes after his previous work on “Velvet Goldmine.” The festival hit depicts the relationship between a married woman (Cate Blanchett) and a young clerk (Rooney Mara) in 1950’s New York. The award presentation will be followed by a conversation between Burwell and Ann Holiday, the film critic for The Washington Post.
“I Saw the Light,” the latest feature shot by the Italian cinematographer Dante Spinotti, is a biopic of Hank Williams starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. Spinotti will receive his award from Claudio Bisogniero, Ambassador of Italy to the United States.
“As someone who believes in the power of the arts,” said MFF Founder and Board Chair Sheila C. Johnson, “the festival has the distinct honor of not only featuring the best in film, but also celebrating the work of composers and cinematographers that makes a movie complete. They are our unsung heroes.”
The Middleburg Film Festival runs from Thursday, October 22 – Sunday, October 25 in Middleburg, Virginia.