Libatique in 2011
July 19, 1968
|Other names||Matty Libatíque|
|Alma mater||California State University|
|Awards||Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography|
2001 Requiem for a Dream
2011 Black Swan
Matthew Libatíque, ASC (born July 19, 1968) is an American cinematographer who is known for his work with director Darren Aronofsky on the films Pi (1998), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Fountain (2006), Black Swan (2010), Noah (2014) and Mother! (2017). He also shot Bradley Cooper's directorial debut film, A Star Is Born (2018), which received critical acclaim.
Early life and education
Matthew Libatíque was born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York City, to Justiniano Libatíque (deceased) and Georgina Porter (who remarried an American). Libatique became interested in photography when his father, an amateur photographer who worked at a film laboratory in New York, had gifted him a Nikon camera as a child. "He taught me the fundamentals of photography at an age when I didn't realize I would spend the rest of my life using them." Libatique's father died when his son was 25 years old. Although he resides in the United States, Libatique has said he is still proud of his Filipino heritage and can still speak and understand Tagalog. Libatíque is of French ancestry on his paternal side.
Libatíque served as director of photography for music videos and teamed with fellow AFI alumnus Aronofsky for the short film Protozoa. The two collaborated on the first three of Aronofsky's feature films. Other frequent collaborators are Julie Dash (music videos including Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason"), Spike Lee (She Hate Me, Inside Man and Miracle at St. Anna), Joel Schumacher (Tigerland, Phone Booth and The Number 23), and Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens).
Libatíque's notable films include blockbusters such as Iron Man and Iron Man 2. In 2010, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Black Swan, for which he won his second Independent Spirit award. He has also won best cinematography awards at the LA Film Critics Association, NY Film Critics Online, SF Film Critics, among many others.
On November 14, 2018, Libatíque was arrested in Poland for attacking paramedics and police at a hotel where he was staying. The attack was caught on video. His BAC was over 3 promilles. Libatíque was attending 2018 Camerimage Film Festival at the time. He was charged in the Bydgoszcz court.
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