AFC-related activities

Director of photography Andrew Droz Palermo explains the shooting of "Good Luck", music video of Broken Bells band
Laser Beams

Camerimage interviews

Among the music videos in competition this year at Camerimage, one of them definitely gives light a leading role. "Good Luck", from the group Broken Bells tells the run away of a young boy who gets bored at home and starts meeting people who seem a bit like him, shining from inside. Andrew Droz Palermo tells us how this original music video was made. (FR)

Peter Deming, ASC, speaks about the shooting of "The Good Lord Bird", by Albert Hughes
Gunfights, Bible and Daguerreotypes

Camerimage interviews

Produced and starring actor Ethan Hawke in a state of grace, The Good Lord Bird is a Showtime set just before the Civil War.
Albert Hughes (who directed Menace II Society, with his twin brother Allen) directed the pilot, while Peter Deming, ASC (Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive...) shot the seven episodes. He spoke with us about this film shot in Virginia, and which proposes a simultaneously modern and classic vision of a Western.(FR)

Nicolaj Brüel, DFF, speaks about the shooting of "Pinocchio", by Matteo Garrone
A Romantic Pinocchio

Camerimage interviews

After Dogman, in 2018, the Roman director Matteo Garonne once again teams up with Danish cinematographer Nicolaj Brüel, DFF, on a new adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s popular tale Pinocchio. In this adaptation Garonne’s passion for the marvelous is obvious – it was already present in Tale of Tales, 2015, with a parade of characters and places that transpose the children’s tale into a world sometimes close to German romanticism. Pinocchio is selected in the main competition at the Camerimage 2020 festival. (FR)

Director of photography Charlotte Bruus Christensen speaks about the shooting of "The Banker", by George Nolfi
Heist without guns

Camerimage interviews

Adapted from a true story, The Banker is directed by George Nolfi (screenwriter of Ocean’s Twelve and The bourne Ultimatum). This movie tells the uncommon journey of Bernard Garrett and Joe Morris, two black businessmen who eventually bought banks in Texas and democratized loans for the Afro-American community in the late 50’s. Written as a heist film with an Hitchcockian visual tone, Charlotte Bruus Christensen signs the image of this Apple TV production. (FR)

Interview with cinematographer Aurélien Marra about "Two of Us", by Filippo Meneghetti

Camerimage interviews

Selected in competition in Camerimage in the "Cinematographer’s Debuts" and "Director’s Debuts" categories, which are open to first and second films, Two of Us, by Filippo Meneghetti, tells the turbulent love affair between two retired women. At once a romance, a drama, and even at times a thriller, this film was cinematographer Aurélien Marra’s second feature film. The film is mainly set under the autumn sun in the south of France, with interiors shot in studio in Luxembourg. (FR)

Marcel Zyskind, DFF, speaks about his work on "Falling", by Viggo Mortensen
Father’s Day

Camerimage interviews

Marcel Zyskind is a Danish cinematographer who has often worked with British director Michael Winterbottom. He has also shot several documentaries, clips and advertising campaigns. He became close with Viggo Mortensen during their shared experiences on The Two Faces of January, a film by Hossein Amini (the screenwriter of Drive), and the international star actor chose him to be the DoP for Falling, his first film as a director, in Camerimage’s Main Competition. This is a film that constantly oscillates between past and present in order to portray the complicated relationship between a son and his father. (FR)

Cinematographer Alexis Kavyrchine evokes his collaboration with Albert Dupontel on "Bye Bye Morons"
Albert’s Little World

Conversations with cinematographers

For his seventh film as director, actor and director Albert Dupontel chose a rather pessimistic dark comedy in which, as is usual in his films, contemporary social reality sometimes slips into an expressionist world that is akin to that of comic books. Alexis Kavyrchine (Perdrix, La Douleur, Ce qui nous lie) was in control of the cinematography. He discusses the way the filmmaker works in order to construct his unique and personal universe. (FR)

The January 2021 AFC Micro Salon at the Parc Floral will be rescheduled


Because of the current situation and at the request of our exhibitor partners, the AFC Micro Salon will not be held as initially planned next January at the Parc Floral. The AFC and its associate members hope to announce a new date for the 2021 Micro Salon this spring, depending on the public health situation, the intentions of the various parties involved, and the availability of the location.

Aymerick Pilarski discusses his work on “Öndög”, shot in Mongolia, and directed by Quan’an Wang

Conversations with cinematographers

Aymerick Pilarski has had an unusual career. Because he was passionate about the cinema and he wanted to discover other cultures, he decided to study in Beijing rather than in France. This young cinematographer decided to leave for Asia nearly 15 years ago, where he learned Chinese and has been following in the footsteps of Christopher Doyle, a legend in cinematography. (FR)

Interview with Yves Cape, AFC, SBC, about "New Order", by Michel Franco, selected at the 2020 Venice Film Festival

Conversations with cinematographers

The Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco (Después de Lucia, Les Filles d’Avril, Chronic…) portrays in his new film a popular revolt in the heart of the Mexican capital and its repercussions on society. Preferring a progressive narration from a single starting point (a big wedding party in high society), we observe the different layers of society coexist before suddenly everything explodes. For cinematographer Yves Cape, AFC, SBC, this film marks his fourth time alongside this director who has won several awards at Cannes. New Order is a film shot entirely in Mexico City in six weeks in the spring of 2019, and winner of the Silver Lion at the 2020 Venice Film Festival (FR)

The AFC’s Return to Imago
By Eric Gautier, Vice-President of the AFC in charge of International Affairs

European federation of cinematographers

Letter to the AFC’s active and associate members.
As you know, the AFC has joined Imago, effective on March 12 of this year. I am very proud of having successfully fulfilled the mission that the AFC President, Gilles Porte, and Board of Directors, had assigned to me. In order to complete this mission, last September I put together a group composed of Marie Spencer, Jean-Marie Dreujou and Gilles Porte. This group later grew to include about ten members [1]. Their advice was extremely valuable.

The AFC Once Again a Member of IMAGO

European federation of cinematographers

The AFC is pleased to announce its return to IMAGO – the ex-European and now International Federation of Cinematographers. The AFC’s return was unanimously acclaimed (except for one abstention) at Imago’s Annual General Assembly (IAGA), held on Wednesday, 12 March 2020 at Brussels. The AFC was represented by Gilles Porte, its President, and Eric Gautier, who is in charge of international affairs.

The AFC’s new Executive Committee for the Year 2020

AFC-related activities

As the sanitary conditions still require it, the AFC board met "at a distance" on Wednesday June the 3rd, and proceeded to the election of the Executive Committee of the association. Chaired by Gilles Porte, elected on April 13 for a third term, it is then composed as follows…

Second annual “Festival Chefs Op’ en lumière” at Chalon-sur-Saône

AFC-related activities

The second annual “Festival Chefs Op’ en lumière” organized by La Bobine, took place at Chalon-sur-Saône, from 11 to 15 March 2020. The spotlight was shone on Jonathan Ricquebourg, AFC, and Elin Kirschfink, AFC, SBC, joined by Manu Dacosse, SBC, Sébastien Goepfert, Antoine Héberlé, AFC, Gilles Porte, AFC, Marie Spencer, AFC, SBC, and Virginie Surdej, SBC. Pierre Lhomme, AFC, has been honored at this event, and a photographic exposition dedicated to Roger Corbeau was also featured.

Looking back at this year’s AFC Post-Production Days
By Laurent Andrieux for the AFC

Journées AFC de la Postproduction 2020

Not only a warm and friendly atmosphere, but also a high level of technical expertise at the second annual Post-Production Days organized by the AFC at the Forum des images, as part of the Paris Images Trade Show (PITS), following the Micro Salon. Introduced by Caroline Champetier, AFC, and Gilles Porte, President of the AFC, the Post-Production Days were prepared by Thierry Beaumel, consulting member of the AFC, and moderated by François Reumont.

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