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70th CANNES FILM FESTIVAL “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography”

News 2017-05-27

Yesterday night, at the very heart of the 70th CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, Christopher Doyle, surrounded by Juliette Binoche, Jenny SuenOlivier Assayas and Frédéric Auburtin was awarded the “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography” tribute.
Hosted by Pierre Zeni and opened by Thierry FremauxDirector of Cannes Film Festival, the ceremony took place at the Buñuel Theatre in the Palais des Festivals.

In the presence of Ed LachmancinematographerRaphaël Keller, Director for innovation, video and technical industries at the CNC ; Richard Andry vice-president of AFC (Association of FrenchCinematographers) ; YANG Dan senior vice president of Weying (online ticketing platform on Wechat) and San Mu President of Movie View (Chinese movie magazine and PR companysupoorts of the tribute ; and Pierre Andurandpresident of Thales Angénieux and Suzel Pietri (Orbis Media) who created “Pierre AngénieuxExcelLens in Cinematography– Christopher Doyle said :
« Most awards are some kind of symbol : a horse for example or a little golden man. This award means somuch more than just an honour for my work .
This award has been created by craftsmen and women with precision and care . It’s the bridge between their craft and my endeavour for art that i will be using every day on every film to come withpride and respect .
With this award Angenieux has passed on to me their excellence , now it’s my responsibility to 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»).

Every year the “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography award ceremony pays tribute to a director of photography whose work has marked the history of world cinemaAfter Philippe Rousselot (2013), Vilmos Zsigmond (2014), Roger A. Deakins (2015) and Peter Suschitzky (2016), distinguished cinematographerChristopher Doyle is the 5th awarded.

Photo by Pauline Maillet

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