AFC-related activities

Two Pictures a Day in Amman
Second week

Two Pictures a Day in Amman

Gilles Porte, AFC, and Samuel Lahu, his Assistant Cameraman, are currently shooting in Jordan. They have agreed to send us two images extracted from the daily photographic journal they are keeping during the shooting of the film 3000 Nights, directed by Mai Masri. Have a look at their second week of work.

Two Pictures a Day in Amman
First week

Two Pictures a Day in Amman

Gilles Porte, AFC, and Samuel Lahu, his Assistant Cameraman, are currently shooting in Jordan. They have agreed to send us two images extracted from the daily photographic journal they are keeping during the shooting of the film 3000 Nights, directed by Mai Masri. Have a look of their first week of work.

Director of photography Alain Marcoen, SBC, talks about his work on "Two Days, One Night", by the Dardenne Brothers
Under the sun of Liège

Interviews at Cannes

Alain Marcoen, SBC, and camera operator Benoît Dervaux form the team that is the backbone of the Dardenne Brothers’ films. With the release of Two Days, One Night — their most minimalistic film yet in terms of the screenplay, yet also perhaps their most visually elaborate — the chief operator from Liege shares with us what it is like to work with the Brothers. (FR)

Presidency and administrators of the AFC for the year 2014

AFC-related activities

Following our General Assembly’s meeting on 29 March 2014, a Board Meeting was held on 6 May in order to elect the administrators of the association: Matthieu Poirot-Delpech, AFC,Rémy Chevrin, AFC, and Nathalie Durand, AFC, have been elected or re-elected to the Presidency of the Association.

Conversation with cinematographer André Turpin about "Mommy", directed by Xavier Dolan

Interviews at Cannes

André Turpin is a director of photography, filmmaker and scriptwriter from Quebec. In 1995 he produces his first film, Zigrail, followed by Cosmos, a year later. In 2002 he receives the Jutra Award and the Genie Award for the best production, the best script and the best photographic direction for his third feature film, Un crabe dans la tête (Soft Shell Man).

Conversation with Guillaume Schiffman, AFC, and the director Michel Hazanavicius about their collaboration on "The Search"

Interviews at Cannes

After the international success of The Artist (first screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011), Michel Hazanavicius has once again joined forces with Thomas Langmann, Bérénice Bejo and Guillaume Schiffman, AFC, for a movie that takes place during the war in Chechnya. The subject is somewhere between current events and history at a time when Russian pressure is once again being exerted on the former territories of the Soviet Empire... This dual interview was conducted during colour timing on the film The Search. (FR)

Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto ASC, AMC, talks about his work on "The Homesman", directed by Tommy Lee Jones

Interviews at Cannes

For The Homesman, his second film as a director, American actor Tommy Lee Jones enjoyed being in the great outdoors that are so dear to his heart. We remember his film Three Burials, which won Best Screenplay in 2005. This new Western offers Mexican cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC, another opportunity to film the American West. (FR)

Cinematographer Benoît Debie, SBC, discusses his work on "Lost River", by Ryan Gosling
Detroit City Blues

Interviews at Cannes

A fan of the universe of Gaspar Noë, star Ryan Gosling has availed himself of the services of Benoît Debie, SBC, to create the visuals on his first, strange feature-length film that oscillates between social fable and fantasy story. "Lost River" is one of the most anticipated films in the “Un certain regard” selection this year at the 67th Cannes Film Festival. (FR)

Cinematographer Josée Deshaies talks about her work on "Saint Laurent", directed by Bertrand Bonello

Interviews at Cannes

Josée Deshaies, who we have already met to discuss Before I Forget, by Jacques Nolot, Heartbeat Detector, by Nicolas Klotz, Rebecca H., by Lodge Kerrigan, and House of Tolerance, by Bertrand Bonello, discusses Saint Laurent, which is in the official competition at Cannes this year. This is Bertrand Bonello’s sixth feature film; she has contributed to every single one. (BB)

Cinematographer Christophe Beaucarne, AFC, SBC, discusses his work on "The Blue Room" directed by Mathieu Amalric

Interviews at Cannes

Christophe Beaucarne has been working for over twenty years with very different directors on films with very different visual worlds. He has worked with the Larrieu brothers on Un homme, un vrai and Peindre ou faire l’amour, and with Anne Fontaine on Coco Before Chanel and Perfect Mother, with Jaco Van Dormael on Mr. Nobody, and recently with Christophe Gans on Beauty and the Beast. With The Blue Room, the fourth feature film by Mathieu Amalric, competing in the Un Certain Regard section, Christophe Beaucarne is once again working with Amalric, following their collaborations on Stade de Wimbledon and Tournée. Adapted from the eponymous novel by Georges Simenon, Mathieu Amalric plays the lead role alongside Léa Drucker. (BB)

Conversation with Ruben Impens about his work on "The Broken Circle Breakdown"
By Anton Mertens and Jo Vermaercke, translated by Dylan Belgrado.

Conversations with cinematographers

For his fourth movie, The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012), director Felix Van Groeningen once more teamed up with director of photography Ruben Impens. The movie tells the love story of Elise and Didier (Veerle Baetens en Johan Heldenbergh). They couldn’t be happier when their daughter Maybelle is born.
However, when Maybelle turns six, she becomes seriously ill and her illness impacts Didier and Elise’s relationship. Both of them react differently to the diagnosis, but don’t have any other choice but to fight together for their daughter. The Broken Circle Breakdown was an enormous success and the movie won many international prices, one of which was a César for the Best Foreign Film. It was also nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.

In his own words: A Conversation with Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC
By Madelyn Most

Press and video interviews

After Cannes in May and Camerimage in November, Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, photographed by Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC, was honored at the American Society of Cinematographers Awards in February where many attending delighted in the rumor that Nebraska would upset Gravity and steal the top prize. Afterall, cinematographers were voting for what they recognize to be the year’s greatest achievement in lighting and photography, not visual effects. The rich black and white imagery has a raw and simple beauty that is unique today; it defiantly counterpoints the glossy, artificial, commercial-advertising look found in most other Hollywood Studio movies.

Director of photography Dominique Bouilleret, AFC, talks about his work on "The Life of Riley (Aimer, Boire et Chanter)", directed by Alain Resnais

Conversations with cinematographers

Life’s vicissitudes led Dominique Bouilleret, AFC, to cross paths with Alain Resnais on his last film. Discussing Life of Riley, he reveals the gaiety and creativity of a very pleasant shooting. He is so glad to have been able to share this creativity with the great director and is only sorry that he won’t be able to repeat the experience. Following Alain Resnais’ demise, unfortunately their collaboration has ended just as it was beginning.

Micro Salon 2014, two intense and multifaceted days
By Jean-Noël Ferragut, AFC, and Vincent Jeannot, AFC

2014

Now that the pages of the 14th Micro Salon have been turned, we take this time to reflect upon this event, which went by at the speed of light. We would like to mention the new discoveries and meetings with familiar friends, the lovely combination of the latest innovations and blasts from the past, and especially the friendly ambience that the AFC’s Directors of Photography attempted to maintain against all odds.

Sex, Lies, and Cinema: behind the scenes of "Nymphomaniac"
Conversation with cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro, DFF

Conversations with cinematographers

After the release of his film Melancholia in 2011, Lars Von Trier was banned from the Cannes Film Festival for controversial statements on Adolf Hitler and Albert Speer. This year, he has returned with Nymphomaniac, an ambitious exploration of female psychology from a sulphurous, sexual perspective. Manual Alberto Claro, DFF, replaced Anthony Dodd Mantle, BSC, in order to film the last two projects by the Danish maestro of atypical cinema.

Paris Images Trade Show, the new label dedicated to promoting the French cinema industry

AFC-related activities

The expertise of France’s technical industries and technicians working in the film, audiovisual and animation industries is world class and one of our country’s key assets. Every year the ’Paris Images Trade Show’ is a highlight of the events calendar aimed at showcasing this dynamic industry - a creator of many highly skilled jobs - to industry professionals from all over the world. The event is an initiative by seven well-known organisations, all of which share the same ambition to promote French technical talents: the AFC, the Ile de France Film Commission, the IDIFF, L’Industrie du rêve, the CST, the FICAM and Film France.