“I try to make an original approach for each film, looking for a unique image for each story and its characters,” says French cinematographer Hélène Louvart. This search for renewal and innovation has led her to work on award-winning films with singular, independent directors from different cultures. In France, they include Sandrine Veysset, Jacques Doillon, Alain Guiraudie, Mia Hansen Love, Christophe Honoré and Agnes Varda. Louvart has also worked on documentaries, and with director Wim Wenders on his 3D film Pina (2011). In 2010, the cinematographer began a potent collaboration with Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, with whom she has shot six projects to date, including Lazzaro felice (2018). Louvart has also partnered twice with Spanish director Jaime Rosales, and Brazilian Karim Aïnouz. Recently, she has worked with American director Maggie Gyllenhaal on The Lost Daughter (2021), and twice with Eliza Hittman, notably on Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020).
Following Mexican cinematographer Diego García, American director Kelly Reichardt and Thai cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Louvart is the fourth recipient of the Robby Müller Award, established in 2020 in memory of the legendary Dutch cinematographer. The prize is awarded each year to an ‘image maker’ who, like Müller, has practised an authentic, moving visual language. Author Benjamin Bergery will speak with Hélène Louvart to explore the range of her images, projects and collaborators, and also evoke the humanity she brings to her filmmaking.
In collaboration with the Netherlands Society of Cinematographers.
– Benjamin Bergery
Programme IFFR 2023
Get to the heart of cinema with this year’s IFFR Talks programme: a series of Talks in which the creative minds behind independent filmmaking from across the globe explore the art of filmmaking.Read more about this programme