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Bruno Delbonnel
Delbonnel in 2012
Born1957 (age 66–67)
Nancy, France
EducationESEC
OccupationCinematographer
Years active1981–present

Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC, (born 1957) is a French cinematographer. He worked on the films Amélie (2001), A Very Long Engagement (2004), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and Darkest Hour (2017), and has appeared in Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch (2021) as Tip-Top.

Delbonnel's accolades include a César Award and a European Film Award, as well as six Academy Award nominations and four BAFTA Award nominations.

Life and career

Delbonnel was born in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France and graduated in 1978 from the ESEC (Paris, Île-de-France).

He has collaborated twice with fellow French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet on Amélie and A Very Long Engagement.

He then started collaborating with many other directors, such as Tim Burton, the Coen brothers and Joe Wright.

Delbonnel has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography six times, for the films Amélie (2001), A Very Long Engagement (2004), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Darkest Hour (2017), and The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021).[1]

He was appointed in 2019 as the head of the cinematography department of the Paris film school, La Fémis.[2][3]

Style

His work tends to feature very stylized color palettes, often very warm and featuring yellows and greens as prominent and ubiquitous colors which often tint the whole image. Also often in his work, the film stock has a very apparent, well-defined grain structure.

Filmography

As cinematographer

Short film

Year Title Director Notes
1984 Pas de repos pour Billy Brakko Jean-Pierre Jeunet
1993 Jour de fauche Vincent Monner
1996 Regarde-moi Gabrielle Lazure
2006 Tuileries Coen Brothers Segment of Paris, je t'aime
2016 Come Together: A Fashion Picture in Motion Wes Anderson

Feature film

Year Title Director
1993 Not Everybody's Lucky Enough to Have Communist Parents[a] Jean-Jacques Zilbermann
1996 C'est jamais loin Alain Centonze
2000 Marie, Nonna, la vierge et moi Francis Renaud
2001 The Cat's Meow Peter Bogdanovich
Amélie Jean-Pierre Jeunet
2003 Not For, or Against Cédric Klapisch
2004 A Very Long Engagement Jean-Pierre Jeunet
2006 Infamous Douglas McGrath
2007 Across the Universe Julie Taymor
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince David Yates
2011 Faust Alexander Sokurov
2012 Dark Shadows Tim Burton
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Coen brothers
2014 Big Eyes Tim Burton
Francofonia Aleksandr Sokurov
2016 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Tim Burton
2017 Darkest Hour Joe Wright
2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Coen brothers
2021 The Woman in the Window Joe Wright
The Tragedy of Macbeth Joel Coen

Television

Year Title Director Notes
2024 Disclaimer Alfonso Cuaron With Emmanuel Lubezki

As director/screenwriter

Year Title Director Writer Notes
1989 The Grand Circus Yes No Documentary
Things I Like, Things I Don't Like No Yes Short film
2006 Paso doble Yes No Documentary short

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

Year Title Category Result
2001 Amélie Best Cinematography Nominated
2004 A Very Long Engagement Nominated
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Nominated
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Nominated
2017 Darkest Hour Nominated
2021 The Tragedy of Macbeth Nominated

BAFTA Awards

Year Title Category Result
2001 Amélie Best Cinematography Nominated
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Nominated
2017 Darkest Hour Nominated
2021 The Tragedy of Macbeth Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Title Category Result
2001 Amélie Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
2004 A Very Long Engagement Won
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Nominated
2017 Darkest Hour Nominated
2021 The Tragedy of Macbeth Nominated

César Awards

Year Title Category Result
2001 Amélie Best Cinematography Nominated
2004 A Very Long Engagement Won

Satellite Awards

Year Title Category Result
2004 A Very Long Engagement Best Cinematography Nominated
2007 Across the Universe Nominated
2011 Faust Nominated
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Won
2017 Darkest Hour Nominated
2021 The Tragedy of Macbeth Nominated

European Film Award

Year Title Category Result
2001 Amélie Best Cinematographer Won
2004 A Very Long Engagement Nominated
2011 Faust Nominated

Other Awards

Year Title Category Result
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Boston Online Film Critics Association for Best Cinematography Won
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Won
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography Won
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
2017 Darkest Hour Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated
2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography Won
North Carolina Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography Nominated

References

  1. ^ Co-cinematographer with Thierry Jault
  1. ^ "Teacher Profile - Bruno Delbonnel". Global Cinematography Institute. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  2. ^ Afcinema (17 August 2020). "Nomination et renouvellement à la tête de La Fémis". Afcinema (in French). Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Département image". La Fémis (in French). 24 May 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2020.