Khondji in 2017.
|Alma mater||UC Los Angeles|
New York University
International Center for Photography
Darius Khondji AFC, ASC (Persian: داریوش خنجی; born 21 October 1955) is an Iranian-French cinematographer. Khondji has worked with a number of high-profile directors, including David Fincher, Woody Allen, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Roman Polanski, Wong Kar-wai, Michael Haneke, Danny Boyle, Philippe Parreno, Bong Joon-ho, Nicolas Winding Refn, Paul Thomas Anderson and the Safdie brothers. He was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Evita, and has been nominated for three César Awards.
Early life and education
Khondji was born in Tehran, Iran, to an Iranian father and a French mother. At an early age, his family relocated in France. He became interested in film early on and made Super-8 films in his teens. Later in life, he moved to the United States to study at UCLA and then majored in film from New York University and the International Center of Photography. During this period, two teachers influenced his decision to become a cinematographer: Jonas Mekas and Haig Manoogian (Martin Scorsese's film teacher). He realized that "all I wanted to do was shoot the other students' films. I was concerned with the power of the image and much less with story."
After his time in the United States, Khondji returned to France in 1981 and worked as an assistant for cinematographers like Bruno Nuytten, Martin Schafer and Pascal Marti. He also worked as a lighting director on music videos and commercials.
His second feature film was Le tresor des Iles Chiennes (1991), a low budget, black and white, post-atomic adventure film. His work on this movie was significant enough to warrant the Cahiers du cinéma to publish one of its rare interviews with a cinematographer. It was on this film that he demonstrated an affinity for Cinemascope. He remarked in an interview, "I think it's the most beautiful format to frame. One can become absorbed in the faces when they're framed in 'Scope." His subsequent work on Delicatessen established his international reputation and earned him a Cesar nomination for Best Cinematography. One of his highest profile films was Seven which he got based on a Nike ad he shot with David Fincher and his work on Delicatessen. His work on Evita was nominated for an Oscar for the Best Cinematography.
Khondji cites Gregg Toland as his favorite cinematographer. "I particularly admire his work on John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath." He also greatly admires James Wong Howe's work, in particular Hud. Khondji has said that his dream project would be "a 16mm black and white film of On the Road!"
|1984||Courtes chasses||Manuel Flèche|
|1986||Sur les talus||Laurence Ferreira Barbosa|
|1988||Une femme pour l'hiver||Manuel Flèche|
|1991||Models: The Film||Peter Lindbergh|
|Le trou de la corneille||François Hanss|
|2003||Ich kann dir die Welt nicht zu Füssen legen||Ralf Schmerberg|
|2008||Protect You + Me.||Brady Corbet|
|2010||Invisible Boy||Philippe Parreno|
|2011||dior j'adore||Jean-Jacques Annaud|
|2013||Castello Cavalcanti||Wes Anderson|
|Illusions & Mirrors||Shirin Neshat|
|Anywhen in a Timecolored palce|
|2018||Why Can't We Get Along||Aaron Duffy
|2019||ANIMA||Paul Thomas Anderson|
|1988||Méliès 1988||Aline Issermann||Episode: "Bénie soit celle par qui le scandale arrive"|
|2015||The Devil You Know||Gus Van Sant||Failed pilot|
|2019||Too Old to Die Young||Nicolas Winding Refn||Miniseries; 7 episodes|
|TBA||Lisey's Story||Pablo Larraín||Miniseries|
|1996||"You Must Love Me"|
|"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"|
|2000||"Dirge"||Death in Vegas|
|2010||Sticky & Sweet Tour|
|2011||"Marry the Night"||Lady Gaga|
|2018||"The Icon Project"||Eminem|
- 2010: Discovery award laureate and exhibition at Les Rencontres d'Arles festival, France.
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