×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Yorick Le Saux: Attuned to rhythms of filmmaking

10 Cinematographers to Watch

For Yorick Le Saux, the French d.p. of “I Am Love” and “Carlos,” the art of cinematography is more akin to music than to painting.

“It’s very important to feel the rhythm inside the shot,” he explains. “It could be the rhythm of the light, of the movement of the actors, of the blocking. I loved to work with (helmers) Luca Guadagnino and with Olivier Assayas, because they are like musicians, they have the rhythm inside them.”

Le Saux sees himself as an instrument in the hands of the director. “I follow the director, I trust the director,” he says, “he gives you the right way to shoot his story and you have to adapt,” he says.

From the gorgeously emotional lensing of “I Am Love” to the no-frills documentary style of “Carlos,” Le Saux is clearly very adaptable. Even within “I Am Love,” he straddles a wide visual range, from the chilly wealth of the Recchi household to the warm sensuality of the countryside where Tilda Swinton experiences her passionate reawakening.

“At first I was afraid that those two parts would be too different, that they wouldn’t feel like the same film,” he confesses. “But when we were shooting, I felt really good about it.”

“Yorick is like a dancer, he fits himself into the mood, the music of the film, and then he plays, he dances with his compadres,” Swinton says. “His flexibility, particularly with a handheld camera, is remarkable.”

Le Saux first made his name working with Francois Ozon, shooting shorts together at film school, then graduating to features such as “Swimming Pool” and the upcoming “Potiche.”

The recent acclaim for his camera work has brought him wider international opportunities. Next Le Saux will lens his first American film, “Arbitrage,” a Wall Street drama by first-time director Nicolas Jarecki, to star Al Pacino.

VITAL STATS:
Role model: Stanley Cortez’ expressionist lensing of Charles Laughton’s “The Night of the Hunter,” and Fritz Lang’s richly colored “Moonfleet” (shot by Robert Planck).
Camera & film used: Aaton’s new super-light Penelope camera, with two-perf Kodak film (“Carlos”); Arricam Light with Fuji and Kodak film (“I Am Love”).

10 Cinematographers to Watch:
Adam Arkapaw | David Boyd | Benoit Debie | Zoltan Honti | Yorick Le Saux | Jody Lee Lipes | Michael McDonough | Reed Morano | Kramer Morgenthau | Andrew Reed

More Film

  • Dami Im and Bong Joon-Ho'Parasite' premiere,

    ‘Parasite’ Wins Sydney Film Festival

    “Parasite,” the South Korean black drama that previously won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, was Sunday named as the winner of the Sydney Film Festival. After collecting a cash prize of A$60,000 ($41,200), at Sydney’s State Theatre, “Parasite” director said: “This Festival is really amazing, especially the audience…really special and extraordinary. This is the most [...]

  • China Film Group's Jiang Ping

    Shanghai: China Studio Chiefs Debate Winter Chills and U.S. Rivalry

    The Shanghai International Film Festival pulled off the impressive feat of assembling leading executives from seven of China’s top film studios. Their discussion focused on the problems that have recently beset the production sector and the industry’s relationship with Hollywood. “The film industry achieved great things in 2018, but it was also the year that [...]

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping claps while

    Propaganda Films to Dominate Chinese Theaters in Anniversary Year

    A presentation at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday shed light on the welter of propaganda films that will compete with Hollywood blockbusters for the attention of Chinese cinema goers in the second half of this year. This year is laden with political significance for China’s ruling Communist Party. It is 100 years since [...]

  • Leung Chiu-wai

    Tony Leung to Star in Shanghai Film Group's 'Fox Hunt' Police Action Film

    Hong Kong’s Tony Leung Chiu-wai and mainland China’s Duan Yihong will head the cast of the Shanghai Film Group’s upcoming “Fox Hunt.” The film is based on real live events and depicts the activities of Operation Fox Hunt, a worldwide anti-corruption initiative managed by China’s Ministry of Public Security. The operation seeks to find and [...]

  • Wings Over Everest

    Terence Chang's 'Wings Over Everest' Set to Swell China's Rescue Film Genre

    “Wings over Everest,” a new action adventure film from veteran producer Terence Chang and “Wolf Warrior 2” producer Lu Jianmin, is poised to join the burgeoning Chinese sub-genre of rescue movies.   The Chinese- and English-language film stars Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu (“Project Gutenberg”; “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation”), Japanese actor Koji Yakusho (“Babel”; “Memoirs of a [...]

  • The Eight Hundred (The 800)

    China Film Marketing Firms Must Adapt To Internet Age, Says Huayi's Jerry Ye

    Huayi Brothers Pictures CEO and media group VP Jerry Ye made no mention Sunday of the abrupt cancellation of the premiere for his firm’s highly anticipated war epic “The Eight Hundred,” which was set to be the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival’s opening film the night before. Instead, he looked to the future at a panel [...]

  • The Meg

    Chinese Script Development Requires A Different Touch, Top Producers Say

    Leading film producers highlighted the challenges of developing good scripts in China and abroad at a panel during the Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday. Wanda Media GM Jiang Wei (aka Wayne Jiang) recommended that producers remain aware of the real differences between the scriptwriting process for Chinese productions versus international and co-productions. The fundamental [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content