Defining Distance: The Cinematography of Agnès Godard

10.02.2014 - Agnès Godard, moderated by Matthijs Wouter Knol

    Internationally celebrated cinematographer Agnès Godard has been the longtime collaborator of Claire Denis, contributing her visual genius to the look of Denis‘ singular films. She photographed masterpieces including, Beau Travail, for which Godard won numerous awards. Godard has also worked with Wim Wenders on his acclaimed classic Wings of Desire, and other distinguished auteurs including Erick Zonca (The Dreamlife of Angels) and André Téchiné‘s Strayed. Godard will show her work and speak with Talents about her creative working methods, the difference between her experience working on celluloid and her first digitally shot film, Ursula Meier‘s Sister, and her collaborations with various other prominent filmmakers over the years.


    Agnès Godard

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    French cinematographer who began as a camera assistant on Wim Wender's PARIS, TEXAS. In recent years she has worked as a director of photography with Agnès Varda, André Téchiné, Peter Handke and Claire Denis, winning a César award for her work on BEAU TRAVAIL. Her credits include Erick Zonca's THE DREAM LIFE OF ANGELS, which won two European film awards, and Ursula Meier's SISTER, which premiered in the Berlinale Competition in 2012 and won the Silver Bear.

    Moderated by

    Matthijs Wouter Knol

    photo of Matthijs Wouter Knol

    Matthijs is director of the European Film Market since 2014. As Head of Development at Pieter van Huystee Film in Amsterdam in 2001, Matthijs focused on developing, financing and internationally co-producing documentary film projects. With ARTE he also co-produced the complete edition of Johan van der Keuken’s digitally re-mastered works, which was awarded the Prix “Cahiers du Cinéma” in 2006. In 2007, Matthijs started working for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), spreading his activity between its co-production and sales markets, as well as the IDFAcademy training programme where he initiated the IDFAcademy Summer School. From 2008 to 2014 he was programme manager of Berlinale Talents, and co-founder of the Berlinale Residency.