Chivo shooting for the Coens

I’m told that Children of Men dp Emmanuel Lubezki (a.k.a. “Chivo”) will be shooting the Coen brothers’ Burn After Reading, which is one of the two films Joel and Ethan are making for Focus Features. The Coens and Lubezki “won’t be using many storyboards as it will be done in a handheld verite-style,” my source confides.

George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand are costarring in this “contemporary caper flick” about a CIA agent who’s writing a tell-all book “but then loses the disc”…I don’t know what this means at all. Pitt will apparently play the agent; Clooney will play a hired gun of some kind. No time to call and check so confirmations and/or denials will have to wait until Monday, but I’m fairly certain this is accurate.

12 thoughts on “Chivo shooting for the Coens

  1. This is a bit of a surprise, as the Coens have worked exclusively with Roger Deakins since “Barton Fink.” Sometimes schedules don’t mesh, and maybe that’s the case here. Certainly both Lubezki & Deakins are the cream of the crop. It will be interesting to see how they do with another DP.

  2. your info is correct, the Coens said this earlier today at a Q & A session at the Apple Store in NYC… notably, Barry Sonnenfeld (their early DP, moderated the chat). we’re working on some coverage of the event for indieWIRE…

  3. Wow. Lubezki seems like a wildly inappropriate choice for a Coen brothers movie… but who knows what they’re trying to accomplish with this movie? I just hope this isn’t the end of their collaboration with Deakins, arguably the most fruitful DP/director relationship of the last 15 years.

  4. “The Coens and Lubezki “won’t be using many storyboards as it will be done in a handheld verite-style,” my source confides.”

    A style that will probably be burned out from overuse by the time the picture’s in the can.

  5. Regarding Kaminski; I thought he was perfect for Schindler’s List but I don’t like his work Spielberg’s other films. I think their relationship is one of trust more than anything. Doesn’t Woody Allen work with different DP’s for his films. Regardless of good they are; Woody’s films are always look consistently great. Women especially glow and I’m not sure if that’s the director or the cinematography or both.


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