Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern
November 30, 1964 (age 55)
|Alma mater||National Autonomous University of Mexico|
|Organization||Mexican Society of Cinematographers|
American Society of Cinematographers
|Awards||Academy Award for Best Cinematography|
2015 The Revenant
2013 Gravity Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern, AMC, ASC (Spanish pronunciation: [emaˈnwel luˈβeski]; born 30 November 1964) is a Mexican cinematographer. He sometimes goes by the nickname Chivo, which means "goat" in Spanish. Lubezki has worked with many acclaimed directors, including Mike Nichols, Tim Burton, Michael Mann, Joel and Ethan Coen, and frequent collaborators Terrence Malick, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Lubezki is known for groundbreaking uses of natural lighting and continuous uninterrupted shots in cinematography, often utilizing a Steadicam, a 3-axis gimbal, or hand-held camera to orchestrate fluid, uninterrupted camera movements during particularly significant scenes. His work has been praised by audiences and critics alike, which earned him multiple awards, including eight Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography. He won in this category three times, becoming the first person to do so in three consecutive years, for Gravity (2013), Birdman (2014), and The Revenant (2015).
Lubezki was born to a Jewish family in Mexico City, Mexico. His father was actor and producer Muni Lubezki. His paternal grandfather is Lithuanian Jewish while his grandmother is also Jewish, from Russia. Lubezki studied film at Mexico's Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC), where he met Alfonso Cuarón.
Lubezki began his career in Mexican film and television productions in the late 1980s. 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 at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Together they have worked on six motion pictures: Sólo Con Tu Pareja, A Little Princess, Great Expectations, Y Tu Mamá También, Children of Men, and Gravity. His work with Cuarón on Children of Men (2006) has received universal acclaim. 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. 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 won his first Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Cuarón's Gravity, a thriller set in outer space. The film was praised for the way it combined two shots through digital backgrounds of space to create the illusion of scenes done in a single shot. Lubezki won his second Academy Award for Best Cinematography in the following year for his work on Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. The film used a similar technique from Gravity, being very unusual in the way the entire movie was shot so as to appear to be photographed in one continuous take. Lubezki won the award again in 2015 for Iñárritu's The Revenant, becoming a milestone for his third consecutive win and for being the first cinematographer to do so. The film was shot entirely in the wilderness during a cold season, minimizing the amount of CGI and using only natural lighting. It was an extremely difficult process that required a limited amount of time to shoot each scene, which delayed the production, causing budget overruns and changes of locations for proper settings. However, The Revenant earned over $500 million at the box office and received critical acclaim, with much praise for the film's atmospheric tone and realism.
Lubezki won the Royal Photographic Society Lumière Award for major achievement in cinematography, video or animation in 2016.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|1983||Vengeance Is Mine||Alfonso Cuarón
|1985||Sera por eso que la quiero tanto||Carlos Marcovich|
|1988||Los buzos diamantistas||Marcela Couturier|
|1990||La muchacha||Dorotea Guerra|
|2002||From Mesmer, with Love or Tea for Two||Alejandro Lubezki
|2007||Anna||Alejandro González Iñárritu||Segment of To Each His Own Cinema|
|2010||Write the Future|
|2017||Flesh and Sand|
|1989-90||La hora marcada||8 episodes|
|1990||El motel de la muerte||Television film|
|1993||Fallen Angels||2 episodes|
|2010||Dick Tracy Special||Television film|
|2018||Dior: Joy||Television advertisement|
Awards and nominations
|1995||A Little Princess||Best Cinematography||Nominated|
|2005||The New World||Nominated|
|2006||Children of Men||Nominated|
|2011||The Tree of Life||Nominated|
|2006||Children of Men||Best Cinematography||Won|
|1999||Sleepy Hollow||Best Cinematography||Won|
|2004||Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events||Nominated|
|2011||The Tree of Life||Nominated|
American Society of Cinematographers
|1999||Sleepy Hollow||Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography||Nominated|
|2006||Children of Men||Won|
|2011||The Tree of Life||Won|
|1992||Tokyo International Film Festival||Best Artistic Contribution||Like Water for Chocolate||Won|
|1993||Havana Film Festival||Best Cinematography||Miroslava||Won|
|1994||Sitges Film Festival||Best Cinematography||Ámbar||Won|
|2006||Mar del Plata International Film Festival||Kodak Award||The New World||Won|
|Venice Film Festival||Golden Osella: Outstanding Technical Contribution||Children of Men||Won|
|2011||Camerimage||Golden Frog: Main Competition||The Tree of Life||Nominated|
|2013||Best 3D Feature Film||Gravity||Won|
|Wine Country Film Festival||Best Cinematography||Won|
|2014||Camerimage||Golden Frog: Main Competition||Birdman||Nominated|
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