Mart Taniel received the American Society of Cinematographers’ Spotlight Award for his work as the cinematographer of “November”. This is one of the highest honors given out by the other members of a professional guild.
The award ceremony took place in Los Angeles on February 17, 2018. The ASC award for an American film went to Roger Deakins for the film “Blade Runner 2049”.
The ASC Spotlight Award was given to Mart Taniel by cinematographer and ASC President John Bailey who described “November” as “extraordinarily well-considered beauty in every shot that should inspire us all.”
Mart Taniel finished his speech with the prevailing emotion of the day: “Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go home and have a heart attack.”
This year, three cinematographers were nominated for the ASC Spotlight Award: Máté Herbai for the film “On Body and Soul” (dir. Ildikó Enyedi), Mikhail Krichman for “Loveless” (dir. Andrei Zvjagintsev) and Mart Taniel for “November” (dir. Rainer Sarnet). The nominations are given to cinematographers who are not members of the American Society of Cinematographers and to films made outside of the United States.
“Even being a candidate was a big honor considering the others who were nominated with me. Of course I’m happy. But this honor for the cinematography of the film has to be shared with Rainer Sarnet, the man who imagined this world, described it to me and allowed me to be inspired by it,” Taniel said.
In 2017, “November” also received the prize for Best Cinematography at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
The North-American distribution rights belong to Oscilloscope Laboratories and “November” will premier in North-American cinemas on February 23, 2018.
Director Rainer Sarnet’s film “November” is a fairy tale for adults where the leads are played by Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Arvo Kukumägi, Heino Kalm, Meelis Rämmeld, Katariina Unt, Taavi Eelmaa and Jaan Tooming. The cinematographer is Mart Taniel, the producer is Katrin Kissa and the production designers are Jaagup Roomet and Matis Mäesalu.
In Estonia, the film is available on the Telia home cinema service and DVDs are on sale in stores.
“November” is a co-production between Estonia, the Netherlands and Poland. The production companies responsible are Homeless Bob Production, PRPL and Opus Film.
Videos from the ASC ceremony: https://ascmag.com/articles/32nd-annual-asc-awards
Additional info about the ASC Awards: https://theasc.com/awards/2018
The U.S. trailer for “November”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19QZy1YHL50