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Angénieux Tribute to Peter Suschitzky ASC

News 2016-05-03

« Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography »


May 20th  2016  –  Palais des Festivals / Bunuel theater

As a Cannes Film Festival Official Partner since 2013, Thales Angénieux makes a tribute every year to a prominent international director of photography. For more than 80 years, with their demanding aesthetics and techniques, Directors of Photography have secured the success of Angénieux zoom lenses. In honor, Angénieux turns the spotlight to these image professionals without whom cinema would not exist.

Following Philippe Rousselot (AFC, ASC) in 2013, Vilmos Zsigmond (HSC, ASC) in 2014 and Roger A. Deakins (BSC, ASC) in 2015, Angénieux honored the English Director of Photography Peter Suschitzky (ASC) on May 20th 2016 at Bunuel Theater, Palais des Festivals.

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Photo Credit : Dominique Charriau

Peter Suschitzky was surrounded by a prestigious artistic delegation : Matteo Garone (Director, Tale of Tales), Alba Rohrwacher (Actress, Tale of Tales), Juliette Binoche (Actress, Cosmopolis), Valeria Golino (Actress – Ludwig Van B. and member of feature film jury at Cannes Film Festival 2016) and Viggo Mortensen (Actor – Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, A Dangerous Method).  They all participated in Peter Suschitzky’s filmography.

Photo credit : Pauline Maillet
Photo credit : Pauline Maillet
Photo Credit : Pauline Maillet
Photo Credit : Pauline Maillet

Peter Suschitzky: photography and cinema, a family history

Born in London in 1941, Peter Suschitzky is the son of the renowned cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky, 103 years old, who worked for the British public TV and for the cult British gangster film Get Carter by Mike Hodges (1971).

Peter followed in his father‘s footsteps and worked on his first film in 1964 when he was only 23 years old. Since then, he has developed his own style on different films with varied budgets. His son, Adam Suschitzky, is also DoP and a member of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC).


A prestigious filmography and an international reputation

During his career spanning over 50 years, Peter Suschitzky has been the cinematographer of many prestigious directors around the world: Peter Watkins, Joseph Losey, Georges Lucas, M. Night Shyamalan, Matteo Garrone, Tim Burton…

In 1988, he began his most important collaboration with David Cronenberg and since then he has been the cinematographer for most of Cronenberg’s films – Naked Lunch (1992), Crash (1996), eXistenZ (1999), Spider (2001), A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007), A Dangerous Method (2011), Cosmopolis (2012), Maps to the Stars (2014).

Among his important contributions, he also worked with John Boorman on Leo The Last (1970) and Where The Heart Is (1990) and Ken Russell on Liztomania (1975) and Valentino (1977), as well as for the cult movies The Rocky Horror Picture Show and one episode of the Star Wars saga “The Empire Strikes Back”.

Suschitzky’s filmography includes more than forty films and has been largely rewarded.

In 1977 Valentino was nominated for the best cinematography award by the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) and the British Academy Film Award. In 1991, he received the best cinematography award for Where The Heart Is by John Boorman from the National Society of Film Critics. In the 90’s, he received the Canadian Genie Award for four of David Cronenberg’s movies (Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, Crash, Eastern Promises). In 2009, the International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers (Macedonia) honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016, Peter Suschitzky received the Italian cinema award David di Donatello for the best cinematography for Tale of Tales.


Meeting with Peter Suschitzky

In parallel of the tribute ceremony,  a meeting with Peter Suschitzky sponsored by Thales Angénieux was held on Saturday, May 21 11am at Radisson Blu Hotel, Salon Marius (2 Boulevard Jean Hibert – Cannes) moderated by Benjamin B., Senior European correspondent for American Cinematographer magazine, the author of the filmbook blog, and a consultant member of the AFC. Free access and open to the public with Cannes Film Festival accreditations / limited seating.

Photo Credit : Pauline Maillet
Photo Credit : Pauline Maillet

A History of Violence / Peter Suschitzky and Director David Cronenberg – All rights reserved

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