BRUNO DE KEYZER BSC 1949-2019
Born on 11 August 1949, Bruno de Keyzer started out as a 2nd Assistant Camera alongside Sven Nykvist and François Catonné on Louis Malle’s BLACK MOON in 1975, and then on Roman Polanski’s THE TENANT in 1976. He then assisted Robert Fraisse and Bernard Zitzermann, as well as Pasqualino de Santis and Aldo Tonti, to name but a few.
In 1984, he signed off on the luminous cinematography of Bertrand Tavernier’s A SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY, for which he won a César award. This began a collaboration that lasted up to the shooting of THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER in 2010. In between these two films, they shot together ROUND MIDNIGHT (1986), BEATRICE (1987), LIFE AND NOTHING BUT (1989), and IN THE ELECTRIC MIST (2007).
Amongst other collaborations, particularly noteworthy are his work with Ariel Zeitoun (SOUVENIRS SOUVENIRS in 1984 and SAXO in 1988), Caroline Huppert (SINCERELY CHARLOTTE in 1984), Jerry Schatzberg (REUNION in 1989), Francis Girod (LACENAIRE in 1990), Claire Devers (MAX & JÉRÉMIE in 1992), Arturo Ripstein (THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, 1994), Volker Schlöndorff (THE OGRE, in 1996), Jerry Schatzberg (THE DAY THE PONIES CAME BACK, in 2000), Emmanuelle Cuau (VERY WELL, THANK YOU in 2005).
Besides the César for Best Cinematography in 1985 for A SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY, Bruno de Keyzer was nominated FOR LIFE AND NOTHING BUT in 1989 and for THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER in 2010. He was awarded BSC membership in 1997. In February 2012, he was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, a decoration that he received from the hands of Joëlle Bellon at the town hall of Villerville.
Lastly, we would like to remember his participation in a Master Class organized in October 2015 in Bucharest by the RSC (Romanian Society of Cinematographers), which was supported by Aaton/Transvideo, Angénieux and K5600 Lighting.