AFC-related activities

Laurent Dailland, AFC, speaks about working alongside Maïwenn for "Jeanne du Barry"
By Brigitte Barbier, for the AFC

Conversations with cinematographers

The 76th Cannes Film Festival’s opening film, Jeanne du Barry, is American actor Johnny Depp’s first French-language role, alongside Maïwenn, who directs and stars as the lead character in her sixth feature film. She entrusted Laurent Dailland, AFC (French Society of Cinematographers), with the cinematographic direction of this film of an unexpected genre in her filmography. Experienced in period films, – but not only – , Laurent Dailland talks about his work using 35mm film, and the choices he made to create a sober yet modern world to accompany the story of King Louis XV’s favourite. (BB)

David Ungaro, AFC, talks about his work on Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s "Black Flies"
"To Live and Die in Brooklyn", by François Reumont for the AFC

Conversations with cinematographers

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire and David Ungaro, AFC (French Society of Cinematographers), team up once again on Black Flies. A very realistic and desperate dive into the world of American paramedics. Shot mainly at night, in Brooklyn, this film brings together for the first time on screen the acting duo Sean Penn and Tye Sheridan. David talks to us about the city as its own character in the film, shooting in an emergency truck and his approach to scaling lighting on a set. (FR)

Cinematographer Eben Bolter, BSC, talks about his work on “The Last of Us” serie
20 Years Later, by François Reumont

Conversations with cinematographers

Following the series "Chernobyl", which remains to this day one of HBO’s most successful historical dramas of all time, screenwriter and director Craig Main has decided to adapt one of the most recognized video games for its originality and ambience. This is "The Last of Us", an immersion in a post-pandemic world where the protagonists’ survival is at stake. In order to surprise audiences and take distance from the average zombie flick, the director has performed many feats in terms of the screenwriting in order to portray the ambience and the characters as they were originally developed in the game. Young Russian cinematographer Ksenia Sereda was chosen to film the first two episodes, while Eben Bolter, BSC, took over on episodes 3-5. We are overjoyed to have Eben here with us to share what was at stake in this adventure. (FR)

Imago celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in Rome, 24-25 March 2023
By Richard Andry, AFC

European federation of cinematographers

Luciano Tovoli, AIC, spearheaded the creation of Imago, the European Federation of Cinematographers Societies, in 1992. Its original constituent societies were four European cinematographers’ societies: AIC (Italy), AFC (France), BSC (Great Britain), BVK (Germany). In 2023, it was renamed the International Federation and now has 54 member societies. The thirtieth anniversary celebration took place simultaneously with Imago’s Annual General Assembly (IAGA) in Rome, Imago’s birthplace. I was invited to represent the AFC at this event.

Renewal of the Board officers of the AFC for 2023

AFC-related activities

Following the Ordinary General Assembly of the AFC, which took place in the Salle Demy of La Fémis, Saturday the 19th of March 2023, during which its Board was renewed, the Bureau was also renewed on the 3rd of April. Claire Mathon has been re-elected as Co-President of the AFC, that she shares this year with Jean-Marie Dreujou.

New AFC Cinematographer’s Guidelines 2023

Image Charter

Over the years, the exercise of directing and cinematography in film has evolved considerably. New tools and new media for image capture and delivery, have spurred us to redefine our profession, in order to clarify our responsibilities and commitments with respect to directors, producers, broadcasters, as well as the crews we work with.

Cinematographer Thomas Favel, AFC, discusses his choices for "Return to Seoul" by Davy Chou

Conversations with cinematographers

Franco-Cambodian director Davy Chou’s second feature film, Return to Seoul, focuses dispassionately but as closely as possible on a young woman who returns to retrace her Korean origins. The visuals, by Thomas Favel, AFC, who has been working with Davy Chou since the start of his career, helps us embark on this voyage of self-discovery. He reveals to us the behind-the-scenes choices he made for Return to Seoul which has been selected in Un Certain Regard at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. (BB)

Opening of AFC Micro Salon 2023 registration


The AFC Micro Salon will be held for the 23rd time in the Hall de la Pinède du Parc Floral de Paris, on Thursday, 9th February (10:00-21:00) and Friday, 10 February (10:00-18:00). Once again, this year’s Micro Salon will be combined with the AFC Postproduction Days. Registration is now open and we request that attendees if possible print their named admission badges before the event.

Conversation with Stéphane Fontaine, AFC, about his work on "Paris Memories" by Alice Winocour

Les entretiens de Camerimage

In Paris Memories, Virginie Efira plays Mia, a victim of the 13 November 2015 attacks, who returns to Paris three months after the attack and attempts to recover her memories of the event. With sincerity and humility, the film paints the portrait of a young woman and a city, both of whom are trying to rebuild after the trauma. After having been presented at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, the film was presented at Camerimage, in the Contemporary World selection. On that occasion, Margot Cavret met with Stéphane Fontaine, AFC, cinematographer on this film, to discuss his first project with director Alice Winocour.

Renato Berta, AFC, hails the legacy of Jean-Marie Straub

Conversations with cinematographers

The cinema of Jean-Marie Straub and his companion Danièle Huillet was a radical and demanding body of work. Since their Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1967), which was a rigorous portrait of the Leipzig cantor’s wife, the filmmaking couple never stopped exploring literature, theater, music and poetry. Renato Berta, AFC, was one of their longest-standing collaborators, and he filmed over a dozen of their movies. He reflects with us upon this unique cinema experience. (FR)