Darius Khondji

From his first collaboration with filmmaker and writer F.J. Ossang for the film Le Trésor des îles Chiennes (1990), the director of photography Darius Khondji has worked alongside some of the best in the business, from David Fincher (Seven) to Michael Haneke (Amour) or Roman Polanski (The Ninth Gate).

Born in Teheran in 1955, from early childhood, Darius Khondji has been immersed in cinema: his father owns two movie theatres and his nanny, a cinephile, looked after him in the projection room. With a French mother, he moved to Paris with his family when he was still a child. After studying in the United States, at New York University, he truly made a name for himself in 1991 by introducing a very special atmosphere into the images of Delicatessen, by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. From then on, he became a reference in the movie world, and worked as director of photography for many successful films, some of which, like Seven, were famous for their aesthetic. In 1995, he worked with Jeunet and Caro again on The City of Lost Children, which was also very successful. Featuring among his amazing filmography are films such as Wong Kar-Wai’s My Blueberry Nights, or Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Darius Khondji also works in advertising, which he sees as a field of experimentation, and collaborates with video artists such as Chris Cunningham. In 2010, he won the Prix Découverte at the Festival des Rencontres d’Arles.

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