#1: Photo by Fuji Film

#2: [Left] with dir John Hillcoat - "The Proposition" [2004]

 

   


BENOÎT DELHOMME   AFC

 

Born: 28 August 1961, France.

Education: École Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière [graduated in 1982].

Career: Ph commercials dir by Frank Budgen [for Levi's], Mike Figgis [for Givenchy], Jordan Scott [for Marks & Spencer], John Hillcoat ['Heroes Return/Hero's Return/The Return' for The National Lottery (2011; 1m30s)], a.o. Ph music videos.

Also active as a painter.

Awards: Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [1993] for 'Mui du du xanh'; 'César' Award nom [1998] for 'Artemisia'; Chicago IFF Special Jury Prize [2001] for 'Ni neibian jidian'; AFI [Aus] Award [2005] for 'The Proposition'.

Website: Benoît Delhomme


Benoît Delhomme on 'Ni na bian ji dian/Et là-bas, quelle heure est-il?/What Time Is It There?' [2000]: 'When you hold the same frame for more than five minutes, you have to study the image much more than usual. Normally, when you are doing a scene, the director wants a lot of coverage and many angles to try and put the attention of the audience on one specific thing in the shot. By going to a close-up, for example. When you are holding a wide shot you say, "Okay, the audience is going to see the scene only in a wide shot, so I have to give them all the information they need." You have to study the composition a lot. It's like painting in a way. I wanted to compose the lighting and the frame with this idea. I wanted the audience to know exactly where they have to look; to concentrate the light in the most important part of the frame; to make the shot readable without close-ups. I've never had enough time in the past to do my lighting. In this film, it was fantastic. I would spend three hours preparing the shot. If you are covering a scene with 20 shots, you're going to have less time. This director felt it was better to think before shooting. He would come in in the morning and we would talk for a half hour about the meaning of the scene. I never had this luxury on a film before. From there we would try one or two lenses. It was fantastic. Normally you fight for time to light the scene and everybody says, "You have to work faster." Often, the problem is that the director doesn't know which shot is the most important. When they shoot 20 shots, for example, 10 of them may end up in the garbage. On this film, each shot was more precious.' [From interview with Phillip Williams in 'MovieMaker', Vol. #1, Issue #8.]


 

 FILMS

1983

Trois garçons sur la route [Lakdar Lahcine] 16mm/b&w; short/22m

1984

Johnny, fais-moi mal! [Franck Landron] 16mm/c; short/3m

1984

La leçon de cinéma [Franck Landron] 16mm/c; short/4m

1985

Les perles roses de ton collier [Benoît Delhomme] 16mm/b&w; short/5m; + sound/ed/actor

1985

80 jeunes chimères [Bénédicte Brunet] s16/c; short/18m

1988

Movie-palace [Bernard Pavelek] c; doc/7m

1988

Les bûcherons de l'avenue Foch [Pierre Sigwalt] 16mm/c; doc/6m

1989

Lors du couchant [Yves Elie] c; short/13m

1990

Les empreintes [Bernard Pavelek] 16mm/c; doc/14m

1990

Le p'tit Louis [Philippe Barcouzareaud] c; short/14m

1990

Le mariage blanc [Christine Carrière] c; short/25m; prod La Fémis

1991

Le syndrome de Peter Pan [Kaloust Andalian] c; short/21m

1991

Loin du Brésil/Far from Brazil [Tilly] c

1991

La malheureuse [Manuel Flèche] b&w; short/6m

1991

Faux bourdon [Brice Cauvin] c; short/13m

1991

L'aventure d'une baigneuse [Philippe Donzelot] c; short/14m

1992

Un dimanche sans ailes [Anthony Souter] b&w; short/14m

1992

Du poil de la bête [Allan Wisniewski] c; short/4m

1992

L'amant 2 [Lionel Kopp] c; short/4m

1992

Comment font les gens? [Pascale Bailly] c; short/48m

1992

Mùi du du xanh/L'odeur de la papaye verte/The Scent of Green Papaya [Tran Anh Hung] c

1992

Reste [Marie Vermillard] c; short/20m

1992

Deux amis (Prélude) [Pierre Schöller] c; short/5m

1993

Offre d'emploi [Emmanuelle Cuau] c; short/23m

1993

Grande petite [Sophie Fillières] c

1993

Circuit Carole [Emmanuelle Cuau] c

1993

L'irrésolu/The Indecisive Guy [Jean-Pierre Ronssin] c

1994

La trêve [Emmanuel Paulin] b&w; short/15m

1994

Bête de scène [Bernard Nissile] c; short/18m

1994

Xich lo/Cyclo [Tran Anh Hung] c

1995

Chacun cherche son chat/When the Cat's Away... [Cédric Klapisch] c

1995

Un air de famille/Family Resemblances [Cédric Klapisch] s35/c

1995

Artemisia [Agnès Merlet] c

1996

Le secret de polichinelle/Headless Chicken [Franck Landron] c

1996

Grand combat, la légende de Tapha Gueye [Philippe Bordas] s16/c; doc/54m

1997

The Loss of Sexual Innocence [Mike Figgis] s16-35bu/c

1998

The Winslow Boy [David Mamet] c

1998

With or Without You [Michael Winterbottom] c

1998

The Talented Mr. Ripley [Anthony Minghella] c; New York ph; ph: John Seale

1999

Miss Julie [Mike Figgis] c

1999

Sade [Benoît Jacquot] scope/c

2000

Mortel transfert/Mortal Transfer [Jean-Jacques Beineix] scope/c

2000

Play/Comédie [Anthony Minghella] c; short/16m; ep series 'Beckett on Film'

2000

The Bourne Identity [Doug Liman] scheduled as doph, but replaced by Oliver Wood

2000

Ni na bian ji dian/Et là-bas, quelle heure est-il?/What Time Is It There? [Tsai Ming-Liang] c; see above

2001

L'idole/The Idol [Samantha Lang] c

2002

Adolphe [de Benjamin Constant] [Benoît Jacquot] c

2002

Rencontre avec le dragon/Dragon rouge/The Red Knight [Hélène Angel] scope/c; 2uc: Xavier Tauveron

2003

Podium [Yann Moix] scope/c; 2uc: Xavier Tauveron

2004

The Merchant of Venice [Michael Radford] s35/c; 2uc: Jako Raybaut

2004

The Proposition [John Hillcoat] s35/c; 2uc: Simon Finney

 

[Right] with dir Anthony Minghella - "Breaking and Entering"

 

2005

Breaking and Entering [Anthony Minghella] s35/c; 2uc: Simon Finney

2006

1408 [Mikael Håfström] s35/c; 2uc: Tim Wooster

2006

Wilde Salomé/Salomaybe? [Al Pacino] 35mm+dv-to-?/c; doc/95m; cph: Robert Leacock, Denis Maloney & Jeremy Weiss; released in 2011 (Venice FF)

2006

Salomé [Al Pacino] c; 78m; released in 2013

 

With dir Mark Herman [left] - "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"

 

2007

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas [Mark Herman] c

2008

The Tree of Life [Terrence Malick] 35mm+65mm+RED+HD (Phantom HD Gold)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; ph Versailles; ph: Emmanuel Lubezki

2008

Shanghai [Mikael Håfström] p/c; 2uc: Tim Wooster; action unit ph: Picha Srisansanee

2009

Chatroom [Hideo Nakata] s35-to-35mm/c; anim ph: Matthew James Day

2010

The Son of No One [Dito Montiel] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph: Jonathan Hall; aph: Randy Greer

2010

Kiss, His First/Chu wen/Ensisuukko [Ilkka Järvi-Laturi] c

2010

One Day [Lone Scherfig] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc France: Frédéric Martial-Wetter

2010

To the Wonder/The Burial [Terrence Malick] s35+65mm+RED-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; ph Versailles (footage from 'The Tree of Life' ?); ph: Emmanuel Lubezki; filmed 2010 & 2011

2011

Lawless/The Wettest County in the World [John Hillcoat] HD (ARRI ALEXA)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Manuel Billeter; aph: Steve Cassidy

2012

King Lear [Michael Radford] pre-production; scheduled to start filming in September; status unknown

2012

A Most Wanted Man [Anton Corbijn] HD (ARRI ALEXA M)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; aph: Jeremy Braben

2013

The Theory of Everything [James Marsh] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus 4:3/Hawk Scope)+s16-to-D-Cinema/c

2014

The Free State of Jones [Gary Ross] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT)-to-D-Cinema/c; 2uc: Jerry M. Jacob

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT

1985

Le lieu du crime/La mauvaise herbe/Scene of the Crime [André Téchiné] co-c.asst; ph: Pascal Marti

1985

Jean de Florette [Claude Berri] ph: Bruno Nuytten

1985

Manon des sources/Manon of the Spring [Claude Berri] co-c.asst; ph: Bruno Nuytten

 

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

1984

Couleurs d'été [16mm/c; 13m] ph: Franck Landron

1985

Les perles roses de ton collier [+ ph/sound/ed/actor] see Films