Angénieux will honor cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, ASC at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, May 20. He will receive the Pierre Angénieux “Excellens” in Cinematography Award. Previous recipients have been Philippe Rousselot (AFC, ASC) in 2013, Vilmos Zsigmond (HSC, ASC) in 2014 and Roger A. Deakins (BSC, ASC) in 2015.
Peter Suschitzky was born in London in 1941. He is the son of renowned cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky, who is now 103 years old. Peter worked on his first film in 1964 when he was 23 years old. His son, Adam Suschitzky, BSC is also a cinematographer. It appears to be a family business.
Peter was the cinematographer on more than 40 films, the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), most of David Cronenberg’s films since 1988: Naked Lunch (1992), Crash (1996), eXistenZ (1999), Spider (2001), A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007), A Dangerous Method (2011), Cosmopolis (2012), and Maps to the Stars (2014).
He worked with John Boorman on Leo The Last (1970) and Where The Heart Is (1990), Ken Russell on Liztomania (1975) and Valentino (1977), and with Irvin Kershner on the second Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back.
Peter won a best cinematography award for Where The Heart Is in 1991 from the National Society of Film Critics and four Canadian Genie Awards for Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, Crash, and Eastern Promises. In 2009, the International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers (Macedonia) honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016, he received the David di Donatello award for best cinematography for Tale of Tales.
Peter Suschitzky will conduct a master class on Saturday, May 21, at 11 am in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Salon Marius (2 Boulevard Jean Hibert – Cannes). The session will be sponsored by Thales Angénieux, moderated by Benjamin B, with access to those holding Cannes Film Festival accreditations (limited seating).