‘The land of the enlightened’ wins Best Cinematography Award at Sundance February 1, 2016

Stunning quasi-documentary feature, ‘The Land of the Enlightened’, took home the World Cinema Cinematography Award, Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival last weekend.

Directed by Pieter-Jan De Pue and filmed over seven years, the film charts ‘the complex Afghani war economy told through the eyes of the children who have found themselves caught up in the on-going American occupation.’

Graded by Screen Scene colourist, Donal O’Kane, the film had its world premiere at the Festival last month, where reviewers were quick to single out the films ‘luminous cinematography’, which one Screen Daily reviewer called ‘staggeringly picturesque’. Screen International wrote that the film was “hypnotising, playful and a sober hybrid documentary that mixes romanticism with raw realism”.

Shot on 16mm film, full picture post on The land of the Enlightened was completed here at Screen Scene. Warren Dowling was the finishing editor on the film, which received its TV edit from our very own Martha Meyler.