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Announcement of the Official Selection at the 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival 2019

The 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival will take place from 14-25 May, 2019. The official selection was announced on Thursday, 18 April by Pierre Lescure, President of the Festival, and Thierry Frémaux, its General Delegate, and includes nineteen feature-length films in competition, sixteen in “Un certain regard” and eleven out of competition and in the other sessions – not to mention Cannes Classics. Eight of these films were shot, and one was directed, by AFC member cinematographers.

5050 for 2020
By Jeanne Lapoirie, AFC

Cannes Film Festival 2018

I was proud to be one of the 82 women who ascended the steps at Cannes, organized by the 50/50 for 2020 Collective, which is promoting more parity and equality (especially in terms of salaries) in the 7th Art. 82 women to represent the 82 women selected in the Official Competition at Cannes since it began, versus 1,688 men. With only two Golden Palms awarded to women. A very beautiful, simple and moving text was read aloud by Cate Blanchett in English and reprised by Agnès Varda in French.

Interview with cinematographer Laurent Tangy, AFC, about his work on Gilles Lelouche’s film “Sink or Swim”


Laurent Tangy, AFC, began his career working on films such as Lars Blumer’s Mike and Alex Courtes’ The Incident. He went on to work with Cédric Jimenez on HHH and Johan Renck on The Last Panthers. He has just completed the cinematography on Gilles Lellouche’s latest film (and the first one he directed by himself), Sink or Swim, whose male cast is emblematic of French cinema. This film was presented Out of Competition at Cannes this year. (BB)

Award Winners at the 71th Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival 2018

During the closing ceremony of the 71th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, 19 May, the jury, presided by Cate Blanchett, announced the winners of the 2018 Festival. The Golden Palm was awarded to Manbiki Kazoku, by Hirokazu Kore-Eda, cinematography by Ryuto Kondo, the Golden Camera to Girl, by Lukas Dhont, cinematography by Frank van den Eeden, and the CST’s Vulcain Award to Shin Joom-Hee, Art Director of Burning, by Lee Chang-dong, cinematography by Hong Kyung-Pyo.

Interview with cinematographer Pierre Aïm, AFC, about his work on Andrea Bescond and Eric Métayer’s film “Little Tickles”


When Andréa Bescond and Eric Métayer were awarded the Molière Award for Best Solo Performance in 2016 for Les Chatouilles, a play about sexual abuse of children, they didn’t know they’d be back at Cannes two years later with the eponymous film they co-directed. Surrounding themselves with a shock team for their first movie, they called on cinematographer Pierre Aïm, AFC, who had shot Maïwen’s Polisse, a film that strangely resonates with Little Tickles… The film is being presented in the Un Certain Regard section (BB)

Cinematographer David Chizallet, AFC, discusses his work on Bi Gan’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”


About ten years after his graduation from the Image Department of La Fémis, cinematographer David Chizallet, AFC, was recognized for his work on his classmate Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s film Mustang. A loyal collaborator of Elie Wajeman (Alyah, The Anarchists), he has recently been trying his hand at comedy with Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s film C’est la vie!. He had the opportunity to participate in a new adventure thanks to the Chinese film Long Day’s Journey Into Night, directed by Bi Gan, in Competition at the 71th Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section. (BB)

Interview with cinematographer Julien Poupard, AFC, about Pierre Salvadori’s film “The Trouble with You”


Julien Poupard, AFC, has lit a number of first films, including Claire Burger’s, Marie Amachoukeli’s and Samuel Theis’ Party Girl, Léa Fehner’s Les Ogres, Houda Benyamina’s Divines, and Morgan Simon’s A Taste of Ink. Then he met Pierre Salvadori, a seasoned director, and shot his last film The Trouble with You, selected in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. (BB)

Cinematographer Dominique Colin discusses his work on Rohena Gera’s film “Sir”


Dominique Colin (I Stand Alone, L’Auberge Espagnole, The French Kissers) shot the first movie by young female Indian director Rohena Gera this year. It is in competition in the Critics’ Week. The film was entirely shot in Bombay, a city to which the Bollywood cinema industry is extremely important. A look at this love story in an upper-class apartment building between a maid and her employer. (FR)

“Doggy Cinema", by François Reumont on behalf of the AFC Cinematographer Nicolaj Brüel talks about his work on Matteo Garrone’s "Dogman"


Nicolaj Brüel is a Danish cinematographer who has shot a number of prestigious advertising campaigns for various sectors (automobiles, beauty products, food, etc.). He also filmed the television series “Legends of Cambria” (starring Colin Farrell) and Caradog W. James’ feature-length film The Machine, in 2013. This year, Italian director Matteo Garrone asked him to do the lighting on his new Napolitain opus Dogman. He spoke with us about audacity at Cannes this year, which he feels is an important part of creativity on set. (FR)

Interview with cinematographer Cecile Zhang


In addition to awarding the ExcelLens Prize this year, Angénieux has also decided to recognize the work of a young talent in cinematography. Cecile Zhang, a Chinese cinematographer and recent graduate of the Beijing Film Academy, is the recipient of the award. The AFC met her at Cannes.

Cinematographer Hélène Louvart, AFC, discusses her work on Alice Rohrwacher’s “Lazzaro felice”


Cinematographer Hélène Louvart, AFC, has filmed over fifty feature-length films during her career, and has worked with many French and foreign directors. She filmed two of the foreign feature-length films at Cannes this year: Jaime Rosales’ Petra, selected in the Directors’ Fortnight, and Alice Rohrwacher’s Lazzaro felice. This is the third time that Hélène Louvart has worked with the Italian director. In 2014, The Wonders won the Grand Prix at Cannes. The director is back this year on the Croisette with Lazzaro felice, in Official Competition. (BB)

"Portrait of a serial killer", by François Reumont for the AFC Cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro, DFF, discusses Lars Von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built”


In 2018, amidst a new and youthful selection of directors, one of Cannes’ seasoned filmmakers is back after been "persona non grata" at the Festival since 2011 as a result of his statements regarding Hitler during the press conference for Melancholia. Lars von Trier is definitely not a neo-Nazi, but his sin was to have made a particularly ill-advised attempt at Scandinavian humour. The House That Jack Built portrays a serial killer played by Mat Dillon, starring alongside Bruno Ganz and Uma Thurman. This is cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro’s, DFF, third film in a row with the Copenhagener director. (FR)

Smells like spleen spirit, by François Reumont on behalf of the AFC Cinematographer Michael Gioulakis talks about his work on David Robert Mitchell’s "Under the Silver Lake"


Following the international success of It Follows, a conceptual horror-thriller portraying the lives of Detroit’s youth, David Robert Mitchell embarked on a much more ambitious project. At the center of the film is Los Angeles, like a labyrinth, and a young dilettantish fan of Nirvana. Malaise, enigmas, and suicide round off this portrait of an America that sparkles on its surface but whose darkness is reminiscent of David Lynch’s cinema. Michael Gioulakis, cinematographer of It Follows, joined ranks with the American director once again for this film, which is in Competition for the Palme d’Or.

Cinematographer Jonathan Ricquebourg, AFC, discusses his work on Jean-Bernard Marlin’s “Scheherazade”


Jean-Bernard Marlin garnered critical attention with his two short films, La Peau dure and La Fugue. He offered young cinematographer Jonathan Ricquebourg, AFC, the opportunity to film his first feature-length project, a rough-hewn film with non-professional actors. A graduate of the Ecole Louis-Lumière’s Cinema department (class of 2013), Jonathan began his career with Jean-Charles Hue on Eat Your Bones, a film selected in the Directors’ Fortnight and winner of the 2014 Prix Jean Vigo. Two years ago, he was at Cannes with Albert Serra, for The Death of Louis XIV, awarded the Prix Lumières in 2017. Once again, he is at Cannes this year for an adventure of cinema and light: Scheherazade, selected in the 57th International Critics’ Week. (BB)

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