70th CANNES FILM FESTIVAL “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography”
Yesterday night, at the veryheart of the 70th CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, Christopher Doyle, surrounded by Juliette Binoche, Jenny Suen, Olivier Assayasand Frédéric Auburtinwasawarded the “Pierre AngénieuxExcelLensin Cinematography” tribute. Hosted by Pierre Zeni and opened by Thierry Fremaux, Director of Cannes Film Festival, the ceremonytook place at the Buñuel Theatrein the Palais des Festivals.
In the presence ofEd Lachman, cinematographer, Raphaël Keller, Director for innovation, video and technical industries at the CNC ;Richard Andryvice-president of AFC (Association of FrenchCinematographers) ;YANG Dan senior vice president of Weying (online ticketingplatform on Wechat) and San MuPresidentof MovieView(Chinesemovie magazine and PR company) supoortsof the tribute ; and Pierre Andurand, president of Thales Angénieux and Suzel Pietri(Orbis Media) whocreated“Pierre AngénieuxExcelLensin Cinematography”– Christopher Doyle said: « Most awards are somekindof symbol : a horse for example or alittle golden man. This awardmeanssomuch more thanjust an honour for mywork . This award has been created by craftsmen and womenwithprecision and care .It’s the bridge betweentheircraftand myendeavour for art that i willbeusingeveryday on every film to come withpride and respect . WiththisawardAngenieux has passed on to me theirexcellence ,nowit’smyresponsibilityto be excellent in return . »
The trophy is an Angénieux zoom lens, an Optimo 15-40 specially engraved to his name.
Christopher Doyle also received a chinese calligraphy wrote by Yang Dan (senior vice president of Weying), an extract of the Confucian Analects which affirms that “a man of quality should be like the wind”. This sentence is also a reference to Doyle’s chinese name : Du Ke Feng («like the wind»).
Everyyear the “Pierre AngénieuxExcelLensinCinematography”awardceremony pays tribute to a director of photographywhosework has marked the historyof world cinema. After Philippe Rousselot (2013), VilmosZsigmond (2014), Roger A. Deakins (2015) and Peter Suschitzky (2016), distinguishedcinematographerChristopher Doyle is the 5th awarded.