Darius Khondji

Director of photography
Darius Khondji found his name on the lists of top cinematographers in the world after his startling work on David Fincher's "Seven" (1995), in which the light almost became more frightening than the dark and contrasts ... Read more »
Born: 10/21/1955 in Tehran, IR

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (34)

Irrational Man 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Magic in the Moonlight 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Immigrant 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Amour 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Lady From Shanghai 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

To Rome With Love 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Midnight in Paris 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Chéri 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Funny Games 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

My Blueberry Nights 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Protect You + Me 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Ruins 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Zidane 2008 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Interpreter 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Wimbledon 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Anything Else 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Panic Room 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Poem - I Set My Foot Upon the Air and it Carried Me 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Beach 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Ninth Gate 2000 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

In Dreams 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Alien Resurrection 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Evita 1996 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Stealing Beauty 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Seven 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The City of Lost Children 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Marie-Louise or The Leave 1994 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

A Shadow of a Doubt 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Parano 1993 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Delicatessen 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Prague 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Le Tresor des iles chiennes 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Embrasse-moi 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Flugel und Felleln 1986 (Movie)

(Camera Assistant)

Biography

Darius Khondji found his name on the lists of top cinematographers in the world after his startling work on David Fincher's "Seven" (1995), in which the light almost became more frightening than the dark and contrasts were oblique. His range was well-established with "Stealing Beauty" (1996), for director Bernardo Bertolucci, in which the colors had great passion, yet the photography never subsumed the story of a young woman (Liv Tyler) finding romance. Khondji is becoming a director's favorite because he does not allow the visuals to overwhelm the story, rather they get under the skin and into the hearts and minds of the audience to enhance and trigger the emotions. If cinematography can marry story archetypes, Khondji has found a way. His inky shadows touch on emotions, but don't submerge into an atmospheric bog. This was particularly true on "Evita" (1996), in which the lighting was a baroque opera in and of itself, setting Eva Peron as goddess in one sequence, exposing the darkness of her life in another. Rarely had there been such a varied palette within one movie and Khondji's efforts were rewarded with an Oscar nomination.

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York
studied with Haig Manoogian and Jonas Mekas

Milestones

2000

Shot "The Beach"

2000

Collaborated with Roman Polanski on "The Ninth Gate"

1997

Reteamed with Jeunet on "Alien Resurrection"

1996

Served as director of photography for Alan Parker on "Evita"; earned a Best Cinematography Oscar nomination

1996

Worked with Bernardo Bertolucci on "Stealing Beauty"

1995

Breakthrough feature, "Seven", directed by David Fincher

1995

Reteamed with Jeunet and Caro on "The City of Lost Children"

1991

First collaboration with directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, "Delicatessen"

1988

First credit as director of photography, "Embrasse-moi", directed by Michele Rosier

Studied filmmaking at NYU

Raised in Paris, France

Hired as assistant director of photography by Bruno Nuytten

Bonus Trivia

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Darius Khondji on "Evita" to The Hollywood Reporter, May 14, 1996: "I've never been asked to do such completely different work from one scene to the next."

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"On most of my films I 'flash' the negative. This involved putting a special box in front of the lens that illuminates it with certain color tones according to the atmosphere I want." --Darius Khondji in Sight and Sound, April 1996.

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"In the prehistory of a picture, in that crucial formative period before shooting begins, it is essential for a director of photography to create a total, complete, photographic blackness in his mind. The first thought, the first flutter of reaction to the story establishes itself irretrievably as the aesthetic basis for (that particular) film." --Darius Khondji to Daily Variety, February 23, 1996.

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