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Alexis Zabe

Cinematographer, Mexico

Zabe got started as a motion control programmer before working in commercials and musicvideos. Now he has become Mexico’s latest standout cinematographer after having lensed two critically acclaimed films: Fernando Eimbcke’s “Duck Season” and Carlos Reygadas’ “Silent Light,” which drew comparisons to the lighting and composition in works by Dreyer and Tarkovsky.

“We are trying to create a language(that is) a little bit different, a little distinct,” Zabe says of his work in “Duck” and “Light.” He believes both films, the first set in a small Mexico City apartment and the other in the wide expanses of northern Mexico, are similar in their “quietness.” He values “symmetry — letting things happen within, or outside of, the carefully chosen, fixed shot, and not having the camera following, searching, but totally the opposite.”

Zabe recently wrapped Eimbcke’s second feature, “Lake Tahoe.”

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