In an uncommon flip of occasions, this 12 months’s recipient of the Worldwide Award on the American Society of Cinematographers Awards can also be a nominee in its characteristic competitors. Darius Khondji, who has been working as a director of pictures for many years and earned his first Academy Award nomination for Evita (directed by Alan Parker) in 1996, is taking residence the annual honor and competing for a trophy for his work on Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths.
Whereas some DPs are identified for longtime relationships with a single director, Khondji has amassed a outstanding physique of labor via productions with a variety of helmers whose cinematic kinds differ extensively. Bardo was his first collaboration with Alejandro G. Iñárritu, whom Khondji describes as a really visible director who was intent on making the movie, which Netflix launched Dec. 16, really feel as immersive as doable. He additionally has lensed movies for administrators Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen), David Fincher (Seven), Bernardo Bertolucci (Stealing Magnificence), Wong Kar-wai (My Blueberry Nights), Michael Haneke (Amour) and James Grey (Armageddon Time).
“They’re all from completely different components of the world and are very completely different sorts of movie administrators,” says Khondji, who himself was born in Tehran to an Iranian father and French mom. He moved to France at age 3 and finally to america to check at NYU. “I loved the variety a lot — it’s so wealthy. I believe that’s why I’m nonetheless as excited as I used to be after I did my first film.”
Most not too long ago, Khondji labored because the cinematographer on Bong Joon Ho’s upcoming Mickey 17. The movie stars Robert Pattinson and facilities on a clone that’s despatched to colonize a brand new world. It’s the director’s first movie since his Oscar-winning Parasite. “He’s very particular,” the DP says of his new collaborator. “He’s like an individual from one other planet, however in a good way. He teaches you issues which can be utterly completely different than different administrators. He sees scenes and cinema in a traditional method, however on the similar time, the way in which he directs may be very authentic and new.”
When the ASC Awards are handed out March 5 at The Beverly Hilton, the Society will moreover honor Viola Davis with its board of governors award and Stephen Goldblatt with the lifetime achievement award. Fred Murphy will obtain the profession achievement in tv award, Charlie Lieberman will obtain the presidents award, and Sam Nicholson will take residence the Curtis Clark Technical Achievement Award.
This story first appeared within the March 1 concern of The Hollywood Reporter journal. Click here to subscribe.