CINEMATOGRAPHER: The Immigrant
In James Gray’s THE IMMIGRANT, Ewa Cybulski (Marion Cotillard) and her sister sail to New York from their native Poland in search of a new start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that
Magda (Angela Sarafyan) is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, Ewa
quickly falls prey to Bruno (Joaquin Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. The arrival of Orlando (Jeremy Renner) - a dashing stage magician who is also Bruno's cousin - restores her self-belief and hopes for a brighter future, becoming her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself.
Khondji has collaborated with such acclaimed directors as Jean-Pierre Jeunet (DELICATESSEN, CITY OF LOST CHILDREN), David Fincher (SE7EN), Bernardo Bertolucci (STEALING BEAUTY), Alan Parker (EVITA), Roman Polanski (THE NINTH GATE), Danny Boyle (THE BEACH), Sydney Pollack (THE INTERPRETER) and Wong Kar-Wai (MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS).
Most recently, Khondji shot the Palme D'Or winning AMOUR for Michael Haneke. The film also won the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for Best Picture. The director and cinematographer had previously collaborated on FUNNY GAMES, starring Naomi Watts and Tim Roth. Khondji also shot Woody Allen's latest features MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and TO ROME WITH LOVE. It was Khondji's intense and beautiful work on DELICATESSEN which established his reputation globally, earning him a César nomination for Best Cinematography. Khondji went on to receive an Academy Award® nomination for Best Cinematography for his work on Alan Parker's EVITA. As well as features, KHondji also collaborates with artists such as Philippe Parenno, Douglas Gordon and Shirin Neshat on art projects, and is in constant demand for commercials. Born in Iran to a Persian father and a French mother, he lived in France from an early age, and began making Super 8 films as a young teenager. Later, he moved to the United States to study at New York University and the International Center for Photography.