TAF Salon: Christopher Aoun
Presented by Toronto Arab Film & the Goethe-Institut Toronto
TAF Salon is an initiative dedicated to building discourse on contemporary Arab Cinema, interviewing Arab cinema creatives around the world about their craft, experiences in filmmaking, their thoughts on Arab cinema, and their hopes for it.
For this edition, TAF Artistic Director Rolla Tahir spoke with Berlin/Beirut cinematographer Christopher Aoun about his entry into film, how he honed his craft, and his views on the current wave of Arab cinema.
Watch the conversation here.
Born in Beirut, Christopher Aoun studied cinematography at the Université Saint Joseph de Beyrouth and the University of Television and Film Munich.
In 2019 he won the German Cinematography Award, was named as one of '10 Cinematographers to watch' by Variety, a 'Rising Star of Cinematography' by the American Cinematographer magazine and became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.
He shot Nadine Labaki's Academy Award nominated film 'Capernaum' in Beirut, which won the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Prior to that he photographed Philippe Aractingi's film 'Listen' in Lebanon, the documentary 'Kalveli - Shadows of the Desert' in India, as well as dozens of commercials and music videos worldwide.
He recently wrapped production on Anne Zohra Berrached's latest movie 'The Wife of the Pilot' and premiered Kaouther Ben Hania's 'The Man who Sold his Skin', starring Monica Bellucci, at Venice 2020.
Toronto Arab Film (TAF) is a non-for profit organization dedicated to bringing films from, and about the Arab world, to Toronto audiences. TAF began because of a need to fill a void that exists in film programming in Toronto.
Part of the Goethe-Institut focus on German film