Modhura Palit, the Indian cinematographer based in Kolkata, won the Special Encouragement at the 7th Pierre Angenieux ExcelLens in Cinematography ceremony here.This award is given to fresh graduates from film schools with some independent experience. She not only became the first Indian but also the first Indian woman to be recognized in this category.
Palit shared the platform with five-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel (“Amelie”, “Faust”, “Inside Llewyn Davis”, “Darkest Hour”, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”), who won the night’s big tribute for an illustrious career as a master of light and shadows.
The award was presented by the General Delegate of the festival,Thierry Frémaux, in Salle Buñuel at Palais des festivals. The award highlights the promising work of a young film professional and will offer Ms. Palit the opportunity to use the best of the Angénieux technology for the images of her next project.
Her body of work is an eclectic collection of films, for which she has won numerous awards. Paper Boy is a poignant short film shot in black and white, on the little boys in Kolkata who live a life devoid of colour, zest or opportunity. The main character’s world is the by-lanes of the old city where he delivers the latest headlines and then spends the rest of his day working at a tiny tea stall.
Another commendable film that Modhura is credited for having shot, directed and edited as part of the 2015 Looking China Youth Film Project, is titled The Girl Across The Stream.
After the ceremony, Dominique Rouchon, deputy managing director, Angenieux sales and communication said that he idea of presenting this award is to provide a push to the career of a new talent so that it can take off globally.
Modhura is an alumna of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute.She has worked on three feature films, numerous short films, ads, documentaries and TVCs. She is also a member of the Eastern India Cinematographers Association (EICA), and an alumna of the Asian Film Academy (AFA), Busan.