Mexican cameraman Diego García worked as director of photography (DoP) on highly acclaimed films as Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cemetery of Splendour, Gabriel Mascar's Neon Bull and Nuestro tiempo by Carlos Reygadas. During the past year, he shot the short film Nimic by Yorgos Lanthimos, which screens at IFFR 2020 ahead of Repo Man by Alex Cox.

García's work with these directors and the unique visual language of his oeuvre form the subject matter for this masterclass, organised in cooperation with the Netherlands Society of Cinematographers (NSC). Moderator Joris Bulstra – himself a DoP and member of the NSC's Board – will talk with Diego García about his artistic approach, working method and the aesthetic choices he makes as a DoP, using a number of film clips as examples.

Following the masterclass, Diego García will receive the inaugural Robby Müller Award, intended for makers of images who with their work have developed an authentic, believable and poignant visual language. The award, a joint initiative by IFFR, NSC and Müller's widow Andrea Müller-Schirmer, is a homage to the internationally renowned Robby Müller and his trailblazing camerawork. From the 1970s, Müller made a significant contribution to the success of film auteurs such as Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch and Lars Von Trier. Müller-Schirmer explained the decision to present the inaugural award to Diego García as follows: "Diego's visual language is convincing and not constructed; it is in the service of the narrative but also has its own signature. Like Robby, he tells stories through the poetry of light." In collaboration with Netherlands Society of Cinematographers.

Mon 27 Jan, 17:00, Hilton Le Jardin, €9/€6