Festival de Cannes 2023

Simon Beaufils speaks about image and the directing of "Anatomy of a Fall", de Justine Triet
"Sun, snow, and a criminal court", by François Reumont

Justine Triet’s (Sybil, Victoria) new film is multidimensional, layer after layer being progressively peeled away as the film progresses. Starting as a family drama involving a Franco-German couple and their visually impaired son, the film evolves around a series of characters, in the context of a high-profile criminal trial. Simon Beaufils created the images for this closed doors thriller, with 2.5 hours divided between a high mountain chalet and a courtroom. Anatomy of a Fall (Anatomie d’une chute) was awarded the 76th Palme d’or. (FR)

The 2023 Cannes Festival interviews

During the 76th Cannes Film Festival, we have published 32 written interviews (13 are in English, others in French), in which directors of photography speak about their work on the selected movies. Here are the links allowing you to read each of them.

Director of photography Jimmy Gimferrer speaks about the shooting of "Tiger Stripes", by Amanda Nell Eu
Sister Tiger, by François Reumont, for the l’AFC

A film about young "ware-wolf" tiger girls? Yes, that’s how Amanda Nell Eu’s Tiger Stripes could be presented. This debut film from Malaysia opened the competition at the Critics’ Week, with great enthusiasm from both its crew and the audience. Its cinematographer Jimmy Gimferrer (Story of My Death - Histoire de ma mort by Albert Serra in 2013) talks to us about it... (FR)

The DoP Arseni Khachaturan talks about his work on the HBO serie "The Idol", directed by Sam Levinson
Sex, Lies and Ektachrome, by François Reumont

One of Cannes most awaited screening was Sam Levinson’s new mini serie "The Idol". Discovered thanks to his award-winning series "Euphoria", – also produced by HBO – , he decided, for this new project, to tell a story about the heart of show business. Lily Rose Depp plays Jocelyn, an international pop star’s clone - surrounded by a swarm of people, orbiting financially around her.
New York based cinematographer Arseni Khachaturan was chosen by Sam Levinson to boldly begin the series, then handed over the cinematography to Marcell Rev HCA, ASC, who shot both seasons of "Euphoria".

Laurent Brunet, AFC, talks about his work with Michel Gondry on "The Book of solutions"
"The Marc Becker method", by François Reumont for the l’AFC

Wacky and offbeat as per usual, Michel Gondry talks about himself in his latest film: a film director, in conflict with his producers, runs off to the Cévennes with the dailies to finish the film. Pierre Niney stars as Marc Becker, Gondry’s clone, alternately irritable and great, trying to finish his film at his old aunt Suzette’s (Francoise Lebrun) home, accompanied by his faithful editor Charlotte (Blanche Gardin) and his scapegoat assistant Sylvia (Frankie Wallach). Laurent Brunet, AFC (French society of Cinematographers) – now a part of the "Gondry family" since working on Microbes and Gasoil – was the cinematographer on this film... (FR)

Lennert Hillege, NSC, speaks about the challenges of shooting "Occupied City", by Steve McQueen
Time After Time, by François Reumont

British director and contemporary artist Steve McQueen presents with Occupied City an atypical film; altogether a tribute, a meditation on memory and archival work. This four hour documentary presented at Cannes draws a parallel between five years of German occupation in Amsterdam (with sound) and contemporary images of the pandemic filmed throughout a three year span. Dutch cinematographer Lennert Hillege, NSC, was in charge of the cinematography, shot on film. (FR)

Discussion with Haya Khairat, 2023 "Angénieux Special Encouragement"
"Burn like a Fire in Cairo", by François Reumont for the AFC

Born in 1995, Haya Khairat is an Egyptian cinematographer and director who has been working for the past ten years, mainly in her country. Dividing her work between commercials, music videos, short fiction films and TV movies, this year she has been awarded the Angénieux Special Encouragement, along with Barry Ackroyd, BSC. She talks to us about the spark that ignited her passion, her journey, and being a woman filmmaker in the Middle East. (FR)

Caroline Champetier, AFC, talks About the Shooting of "Man in Black", directed by Wang Bing
Memory in the Skin, by François Reumont

Performance, art film, testimony of an artist in his autumn years - Man in Black is a new film by Chinese director Wang Bing, known for his documentary work, such as Youth, in Official Competition. Wang Xiling, a Chinese artist in exile and composer aged 87, bears witness to what he has seen and experienced as an artist. Naked, showing the scars of torture and abuse, he wanders through the spaces of the Bouffes du Nord, the legendary and beautiful Parisian theatre. He plays fragments of his works, sings… and above all recounts, in sparing unemotional prose, the experience of an artist under the Chinese regime. An intensely personal and moving film, with an image as powerful as the force of his narrative.
 Caroline Champetier spoke with us briefly about her collaboration with Wang Bing. (FR)

Director of photography Pierre Dejon discusses his work on Just Philippot’s "Acide"
Death from above, by François Reumont, for the AFC

What if rain suddenly became deadly? In the context of global warming, and worries increasing about this upcoming’s summer water reserves, this initial idea holds a meaning of its own.
This is Acide’s take, Just Philippot’s second feature film, screened during the Official Selection, at the Midnight showing, this year, at the Cannes Film Festival. Guillaume Canet plays a divorced father, living under probation with an electronic tagging device, trying to protect his daughter in the midst of a sudden eco-climatic disaster. Pierre Dejon, the film’s director of photography, talks to us about the challenges of such a project, and in particular the difficulty of filming in the rain... when it’s sunny. (FR)

Manu Dacosse, SBC, remembers the filming of "Vincent Must Die", by Stephan Castang
The deadly glare, By François Reumont

Selected out of competition at this years Cannes Critics’ Week, Stephan Castang’s first film is a fantastic story in which the protagonist suddenly finds himself confronted with inexplicable violence. To bring this fable to life, which oscillates between a paranoid film and an epidemic film, Manu Dacosse, BSC, teamed up with this highly experienced theater actor. It is Karim Leklou who lends his features to Vincent, bringing both the fragility and the strength that characterize the character with talent. (FR)

Discussion with Barry Ackroyd, BSC, 2023 "Pierre Angénieux Tribute"
"Zoom zoom jazz", by François Reumont, for the AFC

The winner of the 2023 Pierre Angénieux Tribute is a filmmaker who loves movement. He honed his skills shooting documentary films,when his passion for cinematography led him to cross paths with British director Ken Loach who offered him the opportunity to shoot Riff Raff, in 1991. He teamed up with Loach on several major films (Raining Stones, Ladybird, My Name is Joe, amongst others) until their The Wind That Shakes the Barley won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2006.
He then altered dircetion and worked with Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Philips) and filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow, whose films The Hurt Locker and Detroit he shot. Barry Ackroyd, BSC, reminisces with us about his exceptional career and discusses how he creates cinema. (FR)

Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni, directors, Jorge Piquer Rodriguez, director of photography, talk about their work together on "The (Ex)perience of Love"
First Jump Cut - first nipple!, by François Reumont pour l’AFC

Comedies with a fantastical or eccentric statement are rare in European cinema. But The (Ex)perience of Love (Syndrome des amours passées), an exciting couples analysis by Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni, is one exception. The humour, tenderness and audacity of this Belgian film will do wonders during the Semaine de la Critique. Jorge Piquer Rodriguez, the director of photography, and the two directors, talk to us about rhythm, direction, and a giant inner tube. (FR)

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

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

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)

A Brief History of the Golden Camera Award at Cannes
By Dominique Gentil, AFC

Following the decision by the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival to approve the AFC’s choice of cinematographer Nathalie Durand to represent the Association this year on the Golden Camera jury, Dominique Gentil, AFC, thought it important to write up the history of this award, which is important to all directors of first films, in all selections.