Emmanuel Lubezki

Director of photography, Producer
Arguably one of the world's best directors of photography and the best Mexican cinematographer of his generation, Oscar-winning Emmanuel Lubezki shot to prominence with the success of "Like Water for Chocolate" (1991) ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1963 in Mexico

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (34)

Knight of Cups 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Last Days in the Desert 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Revenant 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Birdman 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gravity 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

To the Wonder 2013 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Tree of Life 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shine a Light 2008 (Movie)

(Camera Operator)

Children of Men 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Solo Con Tu Pareja 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The New World 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Assassination of Richard Nixon 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Y Tu Mamá También 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ali 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sleepy Hollow 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Great Expectations 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Meet Joe Black 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Birdcage 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Little Princess 1995 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

A Little Princess 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Walk in the Clouds 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Reality Bites 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director of Photography

Like Water for Chocolate 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Harvest 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Twenty Bucks 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Ambar 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bandits 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Miroslava 1991 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Gaby-A True Story 1987 (Movie)

2nd unit director of photography (Director of Photography)
Producer (2)

The Assassination of Richard Nixon 2004 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

El Camino Largo a Tijuana 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Arguably one of the world's best directors of photography and the best Mexican cinematographer of his generation, Oscar-winning Emmanuel Lubezki shot to prominence with the success of "Like Water for Chocolate" (1991), directed by Alfonso Arau and has gone on to a career that has encompassed independent films as well as mainstream Hollywood fare.

EDUCATION

National University

classmates included director Alfonso Cuaron

Milestones

2013

Reunited with Cuaron for "Gravity"

2011

Lensed Malick's "The Tree of Life"

2006

Reteamed with director Alfonso Cuaron for "Children of Men"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography

2005

Received third Oscar nomination for his work on Terrence Malick's "The New World"

2002

Reteamed with director Alfonso Cuaron for "Y Tu Mama Tambien"

2002

Was director of photography on "Frida"

2001

Served as cinematographer on "Ali"

2000

Director of Photography for "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" the directorial debut for Rodrigo Garcia; premiered at Sundance (aired on Showtime in 2001)

1999

Garnered widespread praise and an Oscar nomination for Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"

1998

Shot "Meet Joe Black"

1998

Fourth film with Cuaron, the contemporary remake of "Great Expectations"

1996

Was director of photography on "The Birdcage", helmed by Mike Nichols

1995

Reteamed with Arau for "A Walk in the Clouds"

1995

Earned richly deserved Academy Award nomination for "A Little Princess", directed by Cuaron

1994

Shot "Reality Bites", directed by Ben Stiller

1993

Served as cinematographer on the American independent "Twenty Bucks"

1993

US debut as Cinematographer for the two segments of the Showtime anthology series "Fallen Angels," the Cuaron-directed "Murder, Obliquely" and the Tom Hanks directed "I'll Be Waiting"

1993

Reteamed with Estrada for "Ambar"

1992

Breakthrough feature as a cinematographer, "Like Water for Chocolate", directed by Alfonso Arau; (US release in 1993)

1991

Debut as director of photography "Bandidos/Bandits", helmed by Estrada; also produced

1991

First collaboration with director Alfonso Cuaron, "Love in the Time of Hysteria"

1989

Produced "El Camino Largo a Tijuana", the feature directorial debut of Luis Estrada

1987

Shot second unit work on "Gaby - A True Story"

Began taking still photographs at age 12

Bonus Trivia

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"When I saw the movie ['The Little Princess'] I didn't even remember shooting it. It was the first time that had happened to me. The music, the images, the acting, and the editing all blended together, and suddenly I was trapped in the movie. It was a great feeling; I must have cried three times." --Emmanuel Lubezki in American Cinematographer, June 1996

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"Before each movie I do a lot of tests. The producers don't love that, but I do them very closely with the director so that there are no surprises. You establish a look from the tests and then you try to be consistent for the whole movie." --Lubezki in American Cinematographer, June 1996

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"Every project is completely different. I don't have any set style. That depends on the director and the script. Before shooting any movie, I try to see a lot of films to find ideas that I can use to tell my own stories. But the important thing to remember is that cinematography is not an end unto itself, and doesn't mean anything without the rest [of the production values]." -- Emmanuel Lubezki in American Cinematographer, June 1996

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