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Darius Khondji series at Metrograph

Image: Delicatessen

Born in Tehran in 1955 to Persian-French parentage, raised from a young age in France, and schooled at NYU, Darius Khondji’s international upbringing would prepare him for an equally international career, working with some of the greatest living directors and helping them to express their visions through the language he knows with unparalleled fluency, that of the cinematic image. Through the years Khondji has worked with talents that include David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, Wong-Kar Wai, and James Gray, and while his work for each is as distinct as the worlds they create, he brings to every film a compositional genius and a peerless attention to minute qualities of atmosphere, gifts which allow him to pick and choose his collaborators. His work on Delicatessen established his international reputation and earned him a Cesar nomination for Best Cinematography. To see his finest work united, as it will be in Metrograph’s vital retrospective, is to wander through the gallery of a modern master.

French films of the retrospective:

Delicatessen
Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

The City of Lost Children
Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Alien: Resurrection
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Treasure of the Bitch Islands

Director: F.J. Ossang

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait
Director: Douglas Gordon & Philippe Parreno

More information and tickets here.  


Conversations with Darius Khondji, written by Jordan Mintzer, was recently published by Synecdoche. The book is meant to appeal to cinema lovers as much as to film and photography students, or to anyone else interested in the visual arts.
The large-format, bilingual, richly illustrated book will be available at the Metrograph bookstore on the occasion of the film series. More information here

 

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