Gabriel Beristain

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Gabriel Beristain
Born Luis Gabriel Beristáin
(1955-05-09) 9 May 1955 (age 63)
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1983-present

Luis Gabriel Beristáin, A.S.C., B.S.C., A.M.C. is a Mexican cinematographer[1][2] known for his work on numerous well-known films including The Distinguished Gentleman, The Spanish Prisoner, Blade II, and Street Kings, and several entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe including the Agent Carter television series. He has collaborated with filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro, Derek Jarman, David Mamet, and David Ayer. He is an active member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Beristain was born in Mexico City, the son of actor Luis Beristáin.[4] His interest in filmmaking began with his involvement in Mexico's independent film scene in the seventies.[5] He studied Engineering at the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, and later joined a new film studies program at the school, while also producing audiovisual training materials for the health department.

After filming a number of documentaries, he founded a small commercial production company, before moving to Italy in 1977. At the recommendation of director Sergio Leone, he relocated to the United Kingdom, where he enrolled in the prestigious National Film and Television School, which accepted only 25 students a year.[6] He was one of only five foreigners to be accepted into the school, and studied cinematography under Oswald Morris and Billy Williams.[7]

His first feature film as cinematographer was the 1983 Columbian horror film Bloody Flesh (Spanish: Carne de tu carne, "Flesh of Your Flesh"), for which he won the Best Cinematography Award at the Bogotá Film Festival. His work on Derek Jarman's 1986 film Caravaggio earned him a Special Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.[8] Beristain was one of several cinematographers on the 1987 anthology film Aria, which was nominated for a Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.[9] Allen Daviau suggested he move to Hollywood, where he could apply his talents and unique insight into both Mexican and Anglo cultures.[10] Beristain has been a member of the British Society of Cinematographers since 1990, and the American Society of Cinematographers since 2002.


Gregg Toland, Freddie Young, Emmanuel Lubezki, Roger Deakins[11]


Year Title Dir. Notes
1983 Bloody Flesh Carlos Mayolo Won:
1986 Caravaggio Derek Jarman Won:
1987 Aria Ken Russell

Nicolas Roeg
Bill Bryden

Anthology film;

3 segments

1988 Troubles Christopher Morahan Miniseries;

2 episodes

The Courier Frank Deasy
1989 Venus Peter Ian Sellar
1990 Waiting for the Light Christopher Monger
1991 The Orchid House Horace Ové
K2 Franc Roddam
1992 The Distinguished Gentleman Jonathan Lynn
1993 Blood In Blood Out Taylor Hackford
Fatal Instinct Carl Reiner
Wide Sargasso Sea John Duigan Northern England unit photography

Photographed by Geoff Burton

"Amazing" Marty Callner Aerosmith music video

Nominated for:

1994 Greedy Jonathan Lynn
1995 Dolores Claiborne Taylor Hackford
1996 The Ghost and the Darkness Stephen Hopkins Second unit photography

Photographed by Vilmos Zsigmond

1997 Trial and Error Jonathan Lynn
The Spanish Prisoner David Mamet
1998 Tale of the Mummy Russell Mulcahy
I'm Telling You for the Last Time Marty Callner Live television special
1999 The Comet José Buil

Marisa Sistach

Nominated for:
Molly John Duigan
The Green Mile Frank Darabont Additional photography

Photographed by David Tattersall

2002 Blade II Guillermo del Toro
2003 S.W.A.T. Clark Johnson
2004 Blade: Trinity David S. Goyer
2005 The Ring Two Hideo Nakata
2006 The Shaggy Dog Brian Robbins
The Last Time Michael Caleo Additional photography

Photographed by Tim Suhrstedt

The Sentinel Clark Johnson
2007 The Invisible David S. Goyer
2008 Iron Man Jon Favreau Additional photography

Photographed by Matthew Libatique

Street Kings David Ayer
2009 Princess Kaiulani Marc Forby
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Len Wiseman Television series;

Pilot episode

Iron Man 2 Jon Favreau Additional photography

Photographed by Matthew Libatique

And Soon the Darkness Marcos Efron
2011 There Be Dragons Roland Joffé
2012-13 Magic City Carl Franklin

Ed Bianchi
Simon Cellan Jones
Nick Gomez
Clark Johnson
David Petrarca

Television series;

11 episodes

2012 The Avengers Joss Whedon Additional photography

Photographed by Seamus McGarvey

Item 47 Louis D'Esposito Marvel One-Shot short film
2013 Agent Carter
Iron Man 3 Shane Black China unit photography

Photographed by John Toll

Thor: The Dark World Alan Taylor Additional photography

Photographed by Kramer Morgenthau

2014 The Strain David Semel

Peter Weller

Television series;

4 episodes

The Book of Life Jorge R. Gutierrez
Sabotage David Ayer Los Angeles unit photography

Photographed by Bruce McCleery

Fury Los Angeles unit photography

Photographed by Roman Vasyanov

Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn Additional photography

Photographed by Ben Davis

2015 Agent Carter Louis D'Esposito

Joe Russo
Scott Winant
Stephen Cragg
Peter Leto
Vincent Misiano
Stephen Williams
Christopher Misiano

Television series;

8 episodes

2016 Suicide Squad David Ayer Additional photography

Photographed by Roman Vasyanov

MacGyver James Wan

Matt Earl Beesley
Bobby Roth
Omar Madha
Brad Tanenbaum
Stephen Herek
Sylvain White
Antonio Negret
Christine Moore
Ericson Core
Liz Allen Rosenbaum
Carlos Bernard
Brad Turner

Television series;

17 episodes

Awards and Nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "GABRIEL BERISTÁIN". Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Close up: Gabriel Beristain, Cinematography". OConnor. Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  3. ^ "About". Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  4. ^ "About". Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  5. ^ "GABRIEL BERISTÁIN". Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  6. ^ "GABRIEL BERISTÁIN". Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  7. ^ "GABRIEL BERISTÁIN". Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  8. ^ "About". Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  9. ^ "ARIA - Festival de Cannes". Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  10. ^ "GABRIEL BERISTÁIN". Retrieved 2018-01-28. 
  11. ^ "The ASC -- American Cinematographer: ASC Close-Up:". Retrieved 2018-01-28.