Hélène Louvart

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Hélène Louvart (AFC)
Born 1964 (age 53–54)
Pontarlier, France
Occupation Cinematographer
Known for
Website http://helenelouvart.free.fr

Helene Louvart (born 1964) is a French cinematographer. She graduated in 1985 from the prestigious Louis-Lumiere Collège in Paris. She is a member of The French Society of Cinematographers (AFC), the French equivalent of American Society of Cinematographers. She has worked with many French and international directors, such as Wim Wenders, Agnès Varda, Claire Denis, Christophe Honoré, Jacques Doillon, Nicolas Klotz, Sandrine Veysset, Marc Recha, Dorothée Smith or Léos Carax.

Life and career[edit]

Louis-Lumiere Collège graduates, who are actively sought by film producers, consistently rank in the top echelon of French cinema professionals. In keeping with this College's reputation for producing masters of their craft, Hélène Louvart's first hire on a feature film came immediately after graduation with the post of cinematographer in 1986. In only 22 years since that time Helene has served as cinematographer on more than 59 feature films, 49 short feature films and documentaries (less than 60 minutes), 10 television projects and a few experimental and video projects. She has also directed 4 short films.[1]

In 2008, Louvart was cinematographer on Petit indi, which was an official selection at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival. Louvart's work on the film, which was shot entirely on 35 mm 35mm, was nominated in the Best Cinematography (Millor Fotografia) category for the 2010 Gaudí Awards. Known in Catalan as Premis Gaudí, the Gaudi Awards are Catalonia's main national film awards, established in 2009 by Acadèmia del Cinema Català (Catalan Academy of Cinema).[2]

As Director of Photography on the 3D documentary film Pina, about the late dance choreographer Pina Bausch, Hélène Louvart worked with renowned German director Wim Wenders, who also wrote the screenplay. Hailed internationally as the "best use of 3D technology since Avatar", Pina premiered out of competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and went on to gather numerous international accolades and major awards and nominations. Pina was selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards and was nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Documentary Feature. The film was also awarded Best Documentary by the European Film Awards, the German Film Awards, and the German Film Critics Association Awards.

For her extensive body of work and artistic excellence, Hélène Louvart received TheWIFTS Foundation 2012 Cinematographer Award.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  • Cinematographer Award 2012, Fondation WIFTS (Women’s International Film & Television Showcase)
  • Gaudí Awards : Best Cinematography 2010 for "C'est ici que je vis (Petit Indi)", Marc Recha
  • Marburger Kamerapreis 2018[4]


  1. ^ "HÉLÈNE LOUVART". www.cinematographers.nl. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  2. ^ Interview of Wenders about working in 3D
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-16. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  4. ^ Hélène Louvart erhält den Marburger Kamerapreis (German)

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