#1: From interview [2013]

#2: From interview [2012]

 

   


CAROLINE CHAMPETIER   AFC

 

Born: 16 July 1954, Paris, France, as Caroline Champetier de Ribes.

Education: IDHEC, Paris.

Career: 'I began classically by entering the French school of cinema. I studied for three years and then decided to go into cinematography. I started [1976] as a second assistant and then a first. I worked with the same crew for nine years. This was the crew of French DP William Lubtchansky. During this time I learned my trade and did my first film as a DP in 1981, 'Toute une nuit' by Chantal Akerman.'

Also active as director.

Teaches at La Fémis. President of the AFC [2009-11]. Married to actor Louis-Do de Lencquesaing.

Appeared in the doc's 'Women Behind the Camera' [2001-06, Alexis Krasilovsky] & 'Mr. X' [2014, Tessa Louise-Salomé].

Awards: As doph: Grand Prix National - Films et Images [1998; awarded by le Ministère de la Culture]; Plus Camerimage 'Silver Frog Award' [2012] for 'Holy Motors'.

As dir: Cabourg Romantic FF 'Golden Swann' [1999] for 'Marée haute'.


Caroline Champetier: 'Toute une Nuit' with Chantal Akerman was my first movie as a DP. It is difficult to go back such a long time and remember how it was, but I think that it is a great movie. There is something strong in looking at people during one night and what is love and what is a movie about love. As for the lighting, it was very instinctive. It was my first film and I believe that I have an instinct for light. On this film we had very little equipment but we managed. She was very precise about the framing and wanted little movement in the film. For the lighting she told me about a painting by Edward Hopper, and it was not just about the light but the feeling of loneliness of the people in this work. And the other important element for Chantal was the work of Pina Bausch, a great choreographer. She had done a documentary on Pina Bausch and used her sense of movement, of how two bodies come together, in 'Toute une nuit'. […] I worked with him [Jean-Luc Godard] at the beginning of my career. With him I learned how to expose the negative; he does not like to see much light in his image, or have many people or equipment on the set. He asks the DP to tell him exactly how he/she will expose the negative, and to be very precise. The second thing Godard taught me was to look before I lit, to look at the time of day and the room and then to decide how to light. So now I take a lot of time before a film to plan my lighting, and when we shoot I can go quickly.' [From the CSC website, 2000.]


 

 FILMS

1978

Moi, une autre [Laurence Dailly] c; short/12m; cph: Robert Foucard

1979

Fred Brauner préfère la bière [Pierre Wallon] 16mm/c; short/27m

1980

Trop tôt, trop tard [Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet] 16mm/c; cph France (1980): William Lubtchansky; ph Egypt (May 1981): Robert Alazraki & Marguerite Perlado

1980

Les photos d'Alix [Jean Eustache] 16mm/c; short/15m; cph: Robert Alazraki

1981

Paris s'en va/Paris Goes Away [Jacques Rivette] c; short/30m; ph or c.asst; cph: William Lubtchansky; ed from out-takes, alternate takes and overlapping footage used for the feature film 'Le pont du nord'

1981

Toute une nuit/All Night Long [Chantal Akerman] c

1984

Le livre de Marie/The Book of Mary [Anne-Marie Miéville] c; short/30m; cph: Jacques Firmann, Jean-Bernard Ménoud & Yvan Niclass; this film precedes and is included in the feature 'Je vous salue, Marie/Hail, Mary' (1984, Jean-Luc Godard)

1984

Qu'est-ce que tu fais la! Sur un tableau de Jean-Charles Blais [Paule Muxel & Bertrand de Solliers] c; doc/9m

1985

Quinze août [Nicole Garcia] c; short/9m

1985

Elle et lui [François Margolin] b&w; short/23m

1985

Pauline-épaulettes [Stéphanie de Mareuil] 16mm/c; short/15m

1986

Le porte-monnaie [Daniel Sicard] c; short/2m

1986

Puissance de la parole/The Power of Speech [Jean-Luc Godard] c; short/25m; cph: Pierre-Alain Besse

1986

Soigne ta droite [Une place sur la terre comme au ciel]/Keep Up Your Right [Jean-Luc Godard] c; cph: Jacques Loiseleux

1987

Aria [seg #3 'Armide: Enfin il est en ma puissance' dir by Jean-Luc Godard] c

1987

L'amoureuse/The Lover/Women in Love [Jacques Doillon] c; cph: Christophe Pollock

1988

On s'est tous défilé [Jean-Luc Godard] c; short/13m

1988

Quand je serai jeune [Yann Dedet] c; short/17m

1988

La bande des quatre/The Gang of Four [Jacques Rivette] c

1988

La bête dans la jungle [Benoît Jacquot] c

1989

Trinité 12 h. 10 [Jean-Paul Fargier] ?; short/4m

1989

La fille de 15 ans/The 15 Year Old Girl [Jacques Doillon] c

1989

La désenchantée/The Disenchanted [Benoît Jacquot] c

1989

Les dernières heures du millénaire [Cédric Kahn] 16mm/c; short/8m

1990

Reflet [ou L'art de balayer] [Caroline Champetier] c; short/8m

1991

Le sommeil d'Adrien [Caroline Champetier] c; short/24m; + co-scrpl

1991

L'annonce faite à Marie/The Annunciation of Marie [Alain Cuny] c; cph: Denys Clerval & Serge Dalmas

1991

J'entends plus la guitare [Philippe Garrel] c

1991

Mensonge/Lie [François Margolin] c

1992

La sentinelle/The Sentinel [Arnaud Desplechin] c

1992

Hélas pour moi/Oh, Woe Is Me [Jean-Luc Godard] c

1993

Écrire - La mort du jeune aviateur anglais [Benoît Jacquot & Yann Andrea] s16/c; exp doc/36m

1993

Samout et Moutnefret [Pierre Coulibeuf] c; doc/9m

1993

C'est de l'art [Pierre Coulibeuf] c; doc/75m; cph: Gérard Grenier, William Lubtchansky, Alain Weill & Bernard Zitzermann

1993

Les enfants jouent à la Russie/The Kids Play Russian [Jean-Luc Godard] v/c; dram doc/60m; cph: Christophe Pollock

1993

N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir [Xavier Beauvois] c

1993

Il faut qu'une porte soit ouverte ou fermée [Benoît Jacquot] c; short/34m; filmed December

1994

Fausse noce [François Cadel] b&w; short/13m

1994

3000 scénarios contre un virus/3,000 Scenarios to Combat a Virus [seg (3m) 'Mère séropositive' dir by Benoît Jacquot, 'Vertige de l'amour' (5m) dir by Laetitia Masson & 'Le temps du bonheur' (3m) dir by Caroline Champetier] c; 30 seg/109m; other ph: Thierry Arbogast, Gérard de Battista, Dominique Chapuis, a.o.

1994

Ainsi soient-elles/Femmes/Mujeres a flor de piel [Lisa & Patrick Alessandrin] c; cph: Javier Aguirresarobe

1995

En avoir (ou pas)/To Have (or Not) [Laetitia Masson] s16/c

1995

La fille seule/A Single Girl [Benoît Jacquot] c

1995

The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera [Adam Simon] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/55m

1995

Ponette [Jacques Doillon] c

1996

Je suis venue te dire [Laetitia Masson] c; short/23m; cph: L. Masson

1996

L'@mour est à réinventer, dix histoires d'amour au temps du sida/Love Reinvented [seg (5m) 'Tapin du soir/Night Hustler' dir by Anne Fontaine] c; 10 seg; other ph: Jean-Marc Fabre, Gilles Henry, Pierre Milon, a.o.

1996

Les mains [Christophe Loizillon] c; short/20m

1997

Nettoyage à sec/Dry Cleaning [Anne Fontaine] c

1997

Alice et Martin [André Téchiné] c

1997

À vendre/For Sale [Laetitia Masson] c; cph: Antoine Héberlé

1997

Les mains [Christophe Loizillon] c; short/20m

1998

L'école de la chair/The School of Flesh [Benoît Jacquot] p/c

1998

Par coeur [Benoît Jacquot] c; doc/75m

1998

Le vent de la nuit/Night Wind [Philippe Garrel] c

1999

Lush [Mark Gibson] c

1999

Selon Matthieu [Xavier Beauvois] scope/c

2000

Carrément à l'ouest/Totally Flaky [Jacques Doillon] c

2000

H-Story [Suwa Nobuhiro] c; + small part

2000

Cet amour-là [Josée Dayan] c

2000

Sobibor, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures [Claude Lanzmann] b&w-c; doc/95m; cph: Dominique Chapuis

2000

Yves Saint-Laurent, 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris [David Teboul] BetaSP/c; doc/85m

2001

La guerre à Paris/The War in Paris [Yolande Zauberman] c

2001

Novela [Cédric Anger] c; short/28m

2003

Les visages [Christophe Loizillon] c; short/27m

2003

La nuit sera longue [Olivier Torres] c; short/43m

2003

À tout de suite/Right Now [Benoît Jacquot] dv-to-35mm/b&w

2004

Promised Land/Ha-aretz hamuvtachat [Amos Gitai] dv-to-35mm/c

2004

Quand nous étions punk [Pascal Rambert] c; short/16m

2004

Le petit lieutenant [Xavier Beauvois] c; + small part

2005

Car Wash [Pascal Rambert] c; short/11m

2005

Nouvelle chance/Oh La La! [Anne Fontaine] s16/c

2005

Carmen [Jean-Pierre Limosin] c

2005

L'intouchable/The Untouchable [Benoît Jacquot] 16mm-35bu/c; addph India: Jowan Le Besco

2006

Imago Mundi - Das Gültige, Sagbare und Machbare verändern/Imago Mundi - Challenging What Is Accepted [Lisl Ponger] BetaSP/c; short/37m

2006

La ragioni dell'aragosta/Sympathy for the Lobster [Sabina Guzzanti] c; doc/90m

2006

L'avocat de la terreur/Terror's Advocate [Barbet Schroeder] dv-to-35mm/c; doc/135m; cph: Jean-Luc Perréard

2006

A l'est de moi/East of Me [Bojena Horackova] c

2007

Le tueur [Cédric Anger] c

2007

L'aimée/The Beloved [Arnaud Desplechin] b&w-c; doc/70m

2007

Nanayomachi/Nanayo/The Whole World [Naomi Kawase] s16-35bu/c

2007

Plus tard [, tu comprendras]/One Day You'll Understand [Amos Gitai] c

 

With dir Leos Carax [right] - "Merde"

 

2007

Tôkyô! [seg #2 'Merde' dir by Leos Carax] dv-to-35mm/c; 3 seg; other ph: Masami Inomoto & Jun Fukumoto

2008

Villa Amalia [Benoît Jacquot] c

2008

La ligne blanche [Olivier Torres] c

2008

Coeur de tigre [Caroline Champetier] dv/c; short (lettre filmée)/19m

2009

Notre ami Chopin [Xavier Beauvois] c; short/20m

2009

Premier anniversaire [Pascal Rambert] c; short/25m

2009

Tanathur/Tumbling/Derniers jours à Jérusalem/Last Days in Jerusalem [Tawfik Abu Wael] c

2009

Le mariage à trois [Jacques Doillon] HD (Panasonic AJ-HPX3700)-to-35mm/c

 

[Right] - "Des hommes et des dieux"

 

2009

Des hommes et des dieux/Of Gods and Men [Xavier Beauvois] ts/c; filmed 2009-10

2010

Sport de filles [Patricia Mazuy] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c

2011

Holy Motors [Leos Carax] RED Epic-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/b&w-c; cph (finished film): Yves Cape

2011

Hannah Arendt [Margarethe von Trotta] RED Epic-to-Digital/b&w-c; 2uc: Tobias Klauke

2012

Le dernier des injustes/The Last of the Unjust [Claude Lanzmann] s35+s16+16mm (interview)-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; doc/220m; cph: William Lubtchansky; filmed 1975 (interview) & 2012

2013

Le souffleur de l'affaire/The Prompt of the Affaire [Isabelle Prim] HD-to-digital/b&w-c; short/55m

2013

La rançon de la gloire/The Price of Fame [Xavier Beauvois] s35-to-digital/c

2013

L'antiquaire/The Art Dealer [François Margolin] c; cph: Olivier Guerbois

2013

Looking for Rohmer [Wang Chao] c; ph China: Dong Jinsong

2014

Gradiva [Leos Carax] c; comm short/2m; for Galerie Gradiva, Paris, France

2014

À 14 ans/Being 14 [Hélène Zimmer] HD (Sony F55)/c

2014

Je vous souhaite d'être follement aimée [Ounie Lecomte] HD (Sony F55)/c

2015

Agnus Dei/Les innocentes [Anne Fontaine] HD (Sony F55 & F65)/c

2015

Le ultime cose [Irene Dionisio] c

2015

Nuytten/Film [Caroline Champetier] c; doc/80m; cph: Bruno Nuytten & Martin Roux

 

 TELEVISION

1986

Grandeur et décadence, d'un petit commerce de cinéma, la recherche des acteurs [d'après un roman de J.H. Chase] [Jean-Luc Godard] tvm/52m/16mm

1989

Le chemin solitaire [Luc Bondy] tvm

1996

Le portrait: Marguerite Duras [Caroline Champetier] doc/52m/BetaSP; + ph; ep series 'Un siècle d'écrivains'; for France 3-tv

1996

Howard Hawks: American Artist [Kevin Macdonald] doc/b&w-c/60m/16mm; cph: Arnie Sirlin, Ira Brenner & Liam McGrath

2002

Les liaisons dangereuses [Josée Dayan] 2-part tvm

2003

Le génie français [Josée Dayan & David Jankowski] 10-part doc series

2003

Les parents terribles/Hothouse [Josée Dayan] tvm; cph: Elfi Mikesch

2003

Princesse Marie/Marie Bonaparte [Benoît Jacquot] 2-part tvm

2004

Un couple parfait [Nobuhiro Suwa] tvm/dv-to-35mm; also released theatrically

2007

Jeanne M. - Côté cour, côté coeur/Jeanne Moreau: A Bombshell in Disguise [Pierre-André Boutang, Annie Chevalley & Josée Dayan] doc/94m; cph: Johanne Debas

2008

"agnès de A à b." [Serge July] doc/52m/DVCPRO (16:9); ep France 5-tv doc series 'Empreintes'

2008

rené frydman - l'irrésistible monsieur bébé [Serge July] doc/52m/HD (16:9); ep France 5-tv doc series 'Empreintes'

2010

Le rapport Karski/Der Karski-Bericht [Claude Lanzmann] doc/48m; cph: William Lubtchansky; filmed 1978 (interview)

2011

La collection - Écrire pour... 5 fois Nathalie Baye [ep (13m) 'Je voulais vous dire' dir by Romain Delange] series/35mm-to-digital

2011

Les Juifs de Pologne, des pogroms à la Shoah [Sylvie Meyer & David Milhaud] doc/85m

2012

Berthe Morisot [Caroline Champetier] tvm/s16; for France 3-tv

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT/OPERATOR

1976

Shoah [Claude Lanzmann] co-c.asst; ph: Dominique Chapuis, a.o.; prod 1976-81

1977

Merry-Go-Round [Jacques Rivette] co-c.asst; ph: William Lubtchansky

1979

Premier voyage [Nadine Trintignant] c.asst; ph: William Lubtchansky

1980

Les jeux de la comtesse Dolingen de Gratz [Cathérine Binet] co-c.asst; ph: William Lubtchansky

1981

La femme d'à côté/The Woman Next Door [François Truffaut] co-c.op; ph: William Lubtchansky

1981

Le pont du nord [Jacques Rivette] c.asst; ph: William Lubtchansky; see Films (1981)

1983

Klassenverhältnisse/Class Relations [Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet] co-c.asst; ph: William Lubtchansky

1984

L'amour par terre/Love on the Ground [Jacques Rivette] c.op; ph: William Lubtchansky

1985

La tentation d'Isabelle/The Temptation of Isabelle [Jacques Doillon] co-c.op; ph: William Lubtchansky

1985

L'été prochain/Next Summer [Nadine Trintignant] c.asst; ph: William Lubtchansky

1986

Double messieurs [Jean-François Stévenin] co-c.asst; ph: Pascal Marti

 

 FILMS & TELEVISION AS DIRECTOR

197?

La mise à sac [short/15m] ph: ?; prod IDHEC

1976

On ne connaît qu'elle [short/12m] ph: ?; prod IDHEC

1978

Evidence [short/8m] ph: ?

1987

Le secrétaire [short/15m] ph: ?

1990

Reflet [ou L'art de balayer] [+ ph] see Films

1991

Le sommeil d'Adrien [+ co-scrpl/ph] see Films

1991

Pendant les répétitions [Partage de midi] [BetaSP/c; doc/60m] ph: ?

1994

3000 scénarios contre un virus [seg (3m) 'Le temps du bonheur'; + ph] other dir: Benoît Jacquot, Laetitia Masson, Jane Birkin, Jacques Deray and 25 others; see Films (1994)

1994

Sortie de lycée [short/?m] ph: ?

1996

Le portrait: Marguerite Duras [tv-doc; + ph] see Television

1997

Marée haute [short/16m; + co-scrpl] ph: Julien Hirsch

2008

Coeur de tigre [short; + ph] see Films

2012

Berthe Morisot [tvm] see Television

2015

Nuytten/Film [doc] see Films