Gudnason bring contrast to ‘Inhale’

Cinematographer strives to give film unique look

One of the films that premiered at the IFC Center in New York on October 22 — “Inhale” — takes on the grim subject of the Mexican black market in live organ trading.

Helmed by Baltasar Kormákur and starring Diane Kruger, Dermot Mulroney, Rosanna Arquette and Sam Shepard, the pictures turns on a district attorney and his partner who attempt to secure an illegal lung transplant in Mexico for their fatally ill daughter, and must then confront the human cost of their decision.

Cinematographer Ottar Gudnason strove for contrast between the film’s two locations, the U.S. and Mexico. “It screams for a distinctive look for each place,” said Gudnason. “Almost every movie you see that is shot in Mexico has the same texture and that’s something that I wanted to protect – not overdoing it in terms of contrast and color palette.”

The d.p. used various types of Kodak Vision 3 film for day and night, exterior and interior shots, shooting with an Arricam LT.

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