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DP Kit Fraser used Kodak 35mm to create colorful and compassionate storytelling for Eternal Beauty
Shot entirely using Kodak 35mm motion picture filmstocks, the bittersweet drama Eternal Beauty portrays the often-misunderstood issues surrounding mental health with dignity, humour and tenderness. Aged just 17, June should have been on-track for small-town stature – happily engaged to her heartthrob boyfriend Johnny and on a promising path as a model on the horizon. But her world comes crashing down when she loses a coveted beauty pageant and discovers Johnny has been having a secret affair with her best friend. The news causes June to suffer a schizophrenic breakdown, followed by years of hospitalization and intense therapy. Twenty years later, June is still waging a battle against her mental illness, receiving little support from her family. Her only solace comes from conversations with an unseen lover, who encourages her to skip her medication with predictably unpredictable consequences. Amid mounting unrest in her life June meets Mike, a failed musicia
Kodak S16mm depicts burning passions in Oliver Laxe’s 2019 Cannes-winning feature O Que Arde (Fire Will Come)
Captured on Kodak Super16mm film, the smoldering Spanish drama, O Que Arde (Fire Will Come), from director Oliver Laxe, screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and blazed a winning trail to the prestigious Jury Prize. The production, about the threatened extinction of rural life in the Galician mountains, received glowing reviews for its striking imagery of ravaged nature, shot by Spanish cinematographer Mauro Herce. It represents the DP’s second collaboration with Laxe as director, following the 2016 Cannes, Critics Week-winning film, Mimosas, also lauded for its majestic camerawork, and also shot on Kodak 16mm film. The pair previously worked together, with Laxe as the producer, on The Fifth Gospel Of Kaspar Hauser (2013), directed by Alberto Gracia, which Herce shot using a 16mm Bolex camera. Actor Bendicta Sánchez in a scene from Oliver Laxe’s production O Que Arde. Image © miramemira.
Kodak 35mm film delivers warmth and love to Chambre 212
Captured on Kodak 35mm, Christophe Honoré’s romantic comedy Chambre 212 (On a Magical Night) takes its title and inspiration from Article 212 of the French Civil Code, which states that “spouses owe each other respect, fidelity, moral and financial support, and assistance.” The story follows Maria (Chiara Mastroianni), who after 20 years of marriage, decides to leave her husband when suddenly he suspects her of infidelity. She moves into Room 212 at the hotel across the street, with a bird’s-eye view of her apartment, her husband and the life she shared with him. While she wonders if she made the right decision, many of the people in her life, both past and present, offer their opinions on the matter. They intend to let her know their feelings, whether she likes it or not, on what proves to be a life-changing evening. Chambre 212 is the sixth collaboration between director Honoré and French cinematographer Rémy Chevrin AFC. All of their