There’s science behind filmmaking. Or is it an art? Cinematographers are the people responsible for the photography and camerawork in film-making, the person in charge of actually shooting the film.
In the next in our The Craft of Film series, we hear from cinematographer Fred Keleman about his work on Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse. Keleman joined us for a ScreenTalk with fellow cinematographer Noski Deville, following a screening of The Turin Horse on Saturday 26 February
Born in West Berlin, West Germany, Fred Kelemen studied at the German Film and TV School in Berlin, winning a German Film Award for his graduation film Fate. Since 1995 he has both directed his own films and continued worked as cinematographer with selected directors, namely Gariné Torossian, Rudolf Thome, Joseph Pitchhadze and Béla Tarr, for whom he shot three films, including The Man From London and The Turin Horse.
Noski Deville has had a long standing career as cinematographer / director of photography, both on film and digital. She is well known from her work with internationally acclaimed Visual Artists including Jananne Al-Ani (Shadow Sites I & II, The Guide and Flock, The Visit); Isaac Julien (Vagabondia); Steve McQueen (Bear, Five Easy Pieces and Stage); Alia Syed (Eating Grass, Spoken Diary and The Watershed), and Daria Martin (Loneliness and the Modern Pentathlon, Soft Materials and Wintergarden). Her work on independent ground-breaking projects include the American feature documentary Trembling Before G-d. Pursuing a special interest in performative camera work she has worked on films that involved the work of choreographers such as Henrietta Hale and Wayne McGregor. She has been a lecturer at the University of the Creative Arts, Farnham for many years and trained and tutored at numerous other institutions including Goldsmiths College, The Slade, University of London, Four Corners, Sankofa Black Film & Video Workshop, and the London Filmmakers Co-Op. In 2015 Noski won the Jules Wright Award for her extensive and long standing contribution to art as a cinematographer.
About The Turin Horse
Béla Tarr’s film follows six days in the life of the poor farmer Ohlsdorfer and his daughter who depend on an increasingly uncooperative horse for their sustenance. Their austere farmhouse having been besieged by a relentless storm, they wordlessly pursue their daily routine of chores and scant meals. Captured in stark black and white by Fred Kelemen’s exquisitely choreographed camera work, the dogged endurance of their plight nevertheless achieves a slow burning emotional intensity and austere beauty that affects us at the very core of our existence.
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The Craft of Film takes place from 22–28 February
With support from the European Commission Representation in the UK.
Part of Film in Focus, a year celebrating the power of the moving image and its influence across the arts.