Memorial services for cinematographer Jean-Yves Escoffier are 5 p.m. Friday at the Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave. in Pasadena. He died April 4 of heart failure at his Los Angeles home at the age of 52.
Native of Lyon, France, began his career after being educated at Ecole Louis Lumiere in Paris. He became known for his collaboration with director Leos Carax, with whom he made three films: “Les Amants du Pont Neuf” (Lovers on the Bridge), for which he won a European Academy Felix Award, “Mauvais Sang” (Bad Blood) and “Boy Meets Girl.”
He received a Cesar Award for his work on Coline Serreau’s comedy “Trois Hommes et un Couffin” (Three Men and a Cradle).
Escoffier came to the U.S. in the early 1990s; he shot 14 international features, including “The Crow: City of Angels,” “Gummo,” “Good Will Hunting,” “Nurse Betty,” “Possession” and “Cradle Will Rock.”
His last feature, “The Human Stain,” directed by Robert Benton, will be released this fall by Miramax.
Escoffier, who had an affinity for unconventional films, also made many award-winning short dramatic films and documentaries. He was a prominent d.p. of commercials and musicvideos, collaborating with Luc Besson, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, David Lynch, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Phil Morrison and Mark Romanek.
He is survived by partner Sonia Lee and two brothers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PSArts, 3023-B Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404; for more information, call Sheila Berman at (310) 586-1017. For memorial services information, call (626) 449-2742, ext. 10.