Conversations with cinematographers

Éric Gautier

Cinematographer Eric Gautier, AFC, discusses his work on Xavier Giannnoli’s film “The Apparition”
Filming the invisible, by François Reumont on behalf of the AFC

Eric Gautier, AFC, answers a question regarding the potential paradox of filming a movie about a hypothetical apparition by the Virgin Mary with a smile and a recollection about the beginning of his adventure with Xavier Giannoli: “It’s a bit of a challenge to film the mystery of faith. The love of God is like any sort of love: there is no tangible proof, just the gift of oneself. Sincerity (and lies, like in other of Giannoli’s films) is at the heart of the story. The loneliness of the two characters, Jacques (Vincent Landon) and Anna (Galatea Bellugi) is the spark that sets the story in motion.”
Ernesto Giolitti

Cinematographer Benoît Debie, SBC, talks about his work on "Climax", by Gaspar Noé
Followed by an interview with Ernesto Giolitti, gaffer

Filmed in two weeks "like doing a movie among friends", the film Climax is faithful to the themes and style of Gaspar Noé (sex, drugs and a descent into hell). Mixing improvisation and extremely precise staging (like the choreography that opens the film), Benoît Debie, SBC, explains how he approached this shoot full of energy and things a little crazy ... (FR)
Agnès Godard

Cinematographer Agnès Godard, AFC, discusses her work on "Let the Sunshine In", by Claire Denis

Director of photography Agnès Godard, AFC, has collaborated with Claire Denis for almost thirty years, since her first feature, Chocolat, in competition at Cannes in 1988. Director and cinematographer met on a Wim Wenders shoot, where Denis was the assistant director, and Godard the assistant to legendary cinematographer Henri Alekan.
Claire Denis believes “the image speaks to us, first and foremost”. In Let the Sunshine In, which opens the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, Agnès Godard accomplishes that aim, with a pearly, radiant image rendering Juliette Binoche (even more) beautiful. (BB)
Éric Guichard

Outside the AFC: "The Secret of the Grain", an interview with DoP Lubomir Bakchev
by Eric Guichard, AFC

At the last Cannes Film Festival we started a series of interviews with directors of photography who were not members of the AFC.

I had the pleasure of meeting Lubomir Bakchev at the special screening, organized jointly with the CST, of A Secret by Claude Miller, photographed by Gérard de Battista.

I knew that the release of The Secret of the Grain (La Graine et le mulet) by Abdellatif Kechiche was imminent and I asked Lubomir to see a preview. I then suggested to Lubomir that we extend our conversation with the present interview.

If I had one wish to make for the AFC, it is that interviews, like the one of Gérard de Battista by Wilfrid Sempé, become a means of strengthening relationships and kinship between members, and of reinforcing that most important subject for the future of our association: the image of a film.

Enjoy the interview. Eric Guichard

Paul Guilhaume

Paul Guilhaume, AFC, looks back at the technical challenges of shooting Jacques Audiard’s "Emilia Perez"
"Les Passantes", by François Reumont

Successfully combining family drama, a narcotics thriller, and a musical ending with a Georges Brassens song is not an easy task. This is the extraordinary challenge that Jacques Audiard set himself with Emilia Perez, the strangest and most original film of the 77th Cannes selection. And since its 12-minute standing ovation at the Grand Théâtre Lumière, one of the most serious contenders for the Palme d’Or. Paul Guilhaume, AFC, who also worked on Audiard’s previous film, Paris, 13th District, shares the behind-the-scenes details of this unique project, which required nearly three years of preparation. He discussed, among other things, the reproduction of Mexico in a Paris studio and how rhythm influenced his visual approach to the film (FR).
Paul Guilhaume

Paul Guilhaume, AFC, discusses the shooting of "Les Olympiades", a film by Jacques Audiard
Paris in black-and-white

Jacques Audiard is what one might call a habitué of the Cannes Film Festival. Besides his Golden Palm Award for Dheepan, in 2015, he has presented most of his films at Cannes. This year, he is offering audiences a study based around the love relationships of four young people of different backgrounds, but who all live in the same neighborhood in Paris. A new choral film photographed in black-and-white by Paul Guilhaume, AFC. (FR)
Paul Guilhaume

Rebirth in Bosnia
Interview with Cinematographer Paul Guilhaume, AFC, about his work on Aude Léa Rapin’s film “Heros Don’t Die”

Cinematographer Paul Guilhaume, AFC, worked with Léa Mysius on Ava (Critics’ Week 2017, Best Cinematography award in Stokholm, 2017) and Marie Monge on Joueurs (Directors’ Fortnight 2018). He has regularly shot for documentarist Sébastien Lifshitz (Les Vies de Thérèse, Directors’ Fortnight 2016) and also Adolescentes and Sasha (to be released). He worked with Aude Léa Rapin on Heros Don’t Die, a film which mixes the genres of fiction and documentary, and which was selected in the 58th Critics’ Week. (BB)