On May 18th, at the very heart of the 71ST CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, Edward Lachman, in presence of American director and friend Todd Haynes, with whom he collaborated on four movies: Far from Heaven, I’m not There, Carol and Wonderstruck, received the 2018 Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography.
A delegation of the new artistic generation had also come to express their admiration to this huge cinematographer : American actor Michael Pitt, French actress Élodie Bouchez, french actor Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, French-Spanish actress Astrid Bergès-Frisbey.
In presence of Thierry Fremaux Cannes Film Festival’s Director, of Raphaël Keller, Director of Innovation Video and Technical industries at the CNC – Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, and Severine Serrano, Managing Director, Angénieux International Sales & Marketing, Edward Lachman received an Angénieux Optimo 28-76 lens specially engraved to his name as a trophy, from Emmanuel Sprauel, Vice-President Angénieux brand.
« As the President of the Angenieux brand, be sure all people in Angenieux share the passion to help you bring your vision to life. We all are truly dedicated to make the best products for your eyes and hands so that you can simply forget them because it simply suits you the best » said Emmanuel Sprauel
During his particularly moving speech, Ed Lachman described his vision of cinematography: “ For me the challenge of cinematography is revealing or trying to evoke the poetic or psychological authenticity of the image in the story you are telling…Images aren’t only around pleasant pictorial aesthetics but also can be the projection of the emotions for the characters in the story. Images are about experiencing something with your camera, it is the immediacy of that experience inside yourself that you are able to translate, and you can share in a documentary or narrative form.”
During this exceptional tribute ceremony to Edward Lachman’s amazing cinematography, Angénieux had also wished to distinguish Chinese young cinematographer Cecile Zhang who graduated with honors from the Beijing Film Academy – by giving her the opportunity to use an Angénieux zoom lens of her choice on her next project. She received the encouragement from Severine Serrano’s and famous Chinese actor Xu Zheng.
“Cécile Zhang explores with dynamism each time new territories of creativity, carries with it all the energy of a new generation of DoPs, and today member of the group of women filmmakers of the ICFC ( International Collective of Female Cinematographers), Angenieux has chosen Cécile Zhang to promote her work and gives her the opportunity to use on one her next shootings the best Angenieux zoom lens technology” said Severine Serrano
The ceremony reached a particular emotional point with an impressive series of video testimonials from directors, actresses and actors who crossed Ed’s creative life (Christopher Doyle, Julianne Moore, Mark WIener, John Malkovich, Volker Schlondorff, Peter Sellars, Ulrich Seidl, Michelle Williams, Werner Herzog, Willem Dafoe, Sofia Coppola, Greta Gerwig, Steven Soderbergh, Meryl Streep, Wim Wenders) and a very nice attention from Daft Punk member and former creative collaborator Thomas Bangalter from Random Access Memories Album release time.
Among all testimonial videos, Chris Doyle’s has been particularly appreciated by the audience of the Bunuel theatre. Cinematographer Chris Doyle is the 2017 Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography recipient. Chris Doyle and Ed Lachman are closed friends.
The « Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography” award ceremony pays tribute to a director of photography whose work has marked the history of world cinema. After Philippe Rousselot (2013), Vilmos Zsigmond (2014), Roger A. Deakins (2015), Peter Suschitzky (2016), Christopher Doyle (2017), Edward Lachman distinguished cinematographer is the 6th awarded. The event has hold every year in Cannes since 2013, first year of the Angénieux’s official partnership with Cannes Film Festival. With this event, Angénieux wished to highlight cinematography and cinematographers’ role in a filmmaking process at Cannes Film Festival. Cinema wouldn’t exist without cinematographers.
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Photos by Pauline Maillet