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CineTributes: Helene Louvart

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

This July, Screen On Screen (soft) relaunches as a space for the celebration of cinematography! I'll be deep-diving the DPs who've created some of modern cinema's most memorable work, but whose efforts perhaps haven't been lauded to the same extent as some of their peers (this remains a certified place of Roger Deakins worship though).

Today, I'm looking at the career of French cinematographer Helene Louvart. She started in her home country back in the 1990s, establishing strong creative relationships with directors such as Dominique Cabrera and Christian Vincent. Her career really kicked into gear in the 2000s though, and more recently she's come to further international attention thanks to her work with acclaimed Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, and her cinematography for American titles such as Beach Rats and Never Rarely Sometimes Always, both with Eliza Hittman.

As one of the most talented female cinematographers around, it's been encouraging to read more and more praise for Louvart, who's too long gone unsung; it's even better to see her gain such praise for some of her many collaborations with female directors. Next up, she has Cannes 2020 title Skies of Lebanon with another female filmmaker, Chloe Mazlo, followed by Alain Guiraudie's upcoming Viens je t'Emmene.

Films featured

The Wound, 2004

Ma Mere, 2004

August Days, 2006

Pina, 2011

Corpo Celeste, 2011

Atomic Age, 2012

The Wonders, 2014

The Smell of Us, 2014

Spectographies, 2015

Beach Rats, 2017

Petra, 2018

Happy as Lazzaro, 2018

A Family Submerged, 2018

Invisible Life, 2019

Never Rarely Sometimes Always, 2020

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