Emmanuel Lubezki

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Emmanuel Lubezki
Born Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern
1964
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1983–present

Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern, A.S.C., A.M.C. (born 1964), better known as Emmanuel Lubezki, is a Mexican cinematographer. Nicknamed "Chivo", which means goat.[1][2] He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Gravity.

Early life[edit]

Lubezki was born in Mexico City, Mexico. His father is actor Muni Lubezki.[3] One of his grandmothers moved from Russia, to Shanghai, to Mexico City.[4]

Career[edit]

Lubezki began his career in Mexican film and television productions in the late 1980s, such as the horror-oriented cult series La Hora Marcada (1986). His first international production was the 1993 independent film Twenty Bucks, which followed the journey of a single twenty-dollar bill.

Lubezki is a frequent collaborator with fellow Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. The two have been friends since they were teenagers and attended the same film school[5] at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.[1] Together they have worked on six motion pictures: Sólo con tu Pareja (1991), A Little Princess (1995), Great Expectations (1998), Y tu mamá también (2001), Children of Men (2006) and Gravity (2013). His work with Cuarón on Children of Men (2006), has received universal acclaim.[6] The film utilized a number of new technologies and distinctive techniques. The "roadside ambush" scene was shot in one extended take utilizing a special camera rig invented by Doggicam systems, developed from the company's Power Slide system.[7] For the scene, a vehicle was modified to enable seats to tilt and lower actors out of the way of the camera. The windshield of the car was designed to tilt out of the way to allow camera movement in and out through the front windscreen. A crew of four, including Lubezki, rode on the roof. Children of Men also features a seven-and-a-half-minute battle sequence composed of roughly five seamless edits. Lubezki received further acclaim for his work on Cuarón's Gravity, a 3-D thriller set in outer space.[8][9]

Lubezki has also worked with a variety of major directors, including Mike Nichols (The Birdcage, 1996), Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow, 1999), Michael Mann (Ali, 2001), Terrence Malick (The New World, 2005, The Tree of Life, 2011, To the Wonder, 2013), Martin Scorsese (Shine a Light, 2007, as camera operator under supervision of cinematographer Robert Richardson) and The Coen Brothers (Burn After Reading, 2008). He has been nominated for six Academy Awards, winning for Gravity.

Filmography (partial)[edit]

As cinematographer[edit]

Year Film Director Other notes
1991 Sólo con tu pareja Alfonso Cuarón International Title: Love in the Time of Hysteria
Bandits Luis Estrada
1992 Como agua para chocolate Alfonso Aráu International Title: Like Water for Chocolate
Ariel Award for Best Cinematography
1993 Fallen Angels Alfonso Cuarón/
Steven Soderbergh
TV Series: 2 Episodes
Twenty Bucks Keva Rosenfeld
Miroslava Alejandro Pelayo
The Harvest David Marconi
1994 Ámbar Luis Estrada
Reality Bites Ben Stiller
1995 A Walk in the Clouds Alfonso Aráu
A Little Princess Alfonso Cuarón Nominated–Academy Award for Best Cinematography
1996 The Birdcage Mike Nichols
1998 Meet Joe Black Martin Brest
Great Expectations Alfonso Cuarón
1999 Sleepy Hollow Tim Burton Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated–Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated–ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
2000 Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Rodrigo Garcia
2001 Ali Michael Mann
Y Tu Mamá También Alfonso Cuarón
2002 De Mesmer, con amor o Te para dos Salvador Aguirre
Alejandro Lubezki
Short Film
International Title: From Mesmer, With Love or Tea for Two
2003 The Cat in the Hat Bo Welch
2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon Niels Mueller Also Associate Producer
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Brad Silberling Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2005 The New World Terrence Malick Nominated–Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated–Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
2006 Children of Men Alfonso Cuarón ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Austin Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated–Academy Award for Best Cinematography
2007 To Each His Own Cinema Alejandro González Iñárritu Segment: Anna
2008 Burn After Reading The Coen Brothers
2010 Write The Future Alejandro González Iñárritu TV Commercial
2011 The Tree of Life Terrence Malick ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Austin Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Houston Film Critics Society for Best Cinematography
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
New York Film Critics Online for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated–Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2012 To the Wonder San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
2013 Gravity Alfonso Cuarón Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Alliance of Women Film Journalists for Best Cinematography
ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Austin Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Houston Film Critics Society for Best Cinematography
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nevada Film Critics Society for Best Cinematography
New York Film Critics Online for Best Cinematography
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
San Francisco Film Critics Circle for Best Cinematography
Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Utah Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography
Nominated–San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
2014 Birdman Alejandro González Iñárritu
2015 Last Days in the Desert Filming
2015 The Revenant Pre-production
TBA Untitled Terrence Malick project Terrence Malick
Knight of Cups

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Emmanuel Lubezki". Cinematographers. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  2. ^ Nate Bloom (2007-02-22). "Jewish Standard Hollywood’s big night". Jewish Standard. Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  3. ^ "Emmanuel Lubezki Biography (1964?–)". Filmreference. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  4. ^ http://www.cinematographers.nl/PaginasDoPh/lubezki.htm
  5. ^ "Cuaron, Lubezki Talk Mistakes, Long Takes and How Peter Gabriel Made ‘Gravity’ Possible". Variety. February 13, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Children of Men". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Two Axis Dolly". Doggicam Systems. Retrieved 2007-01-24. 
  8. ^ Corliss, Richard (2013-08-28). "Gravity at the Venice Film Festival: Dread and Awe in Space". Time Magazine. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Scott, A.O. (2013-10-03). "Between Earth and Heaven". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 

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