French cinematographer Helene Louvart AFC (Association Française des Directeurs de la Photographie Cinématographique / French Association of Cinematographers) graduated in 1985 from Ecole nationale superieure Louis-Lumiere (ENS Louis-Lumiere).
Founded in 1926 under the leadership of Louis Lumiere, who played a key role in the history of French cinema and photography, and Leon Gaumont, French inventor and cinema industry pioneer, ENS Louis-Lumiere is recognized as France's most distinguished institution of higher education in the fields of photography, sound and film. Entry to the school is determined by competition only and its programs provide theoretical and practical training, both technical and artistic. ENS Louis-Lumiere graduates, who are actively sought by film producers, consistently rank in the top echelon of French cinema professionals.
In keeping with the ENS Louis-Lumiere reputation for producing masters of their craft, Helene Louvart's first hire on a feature film came immediately after graduation with the post of cinematographer on Couers croises / Crossed Hearts (1986). In only 22 years since that time Helene has served as cinematographer on more than 59 feature films, 49 short feature films and documentaries (less than 60 minutes), and 10 television projects. She has also directed 4 short films.
In 2008, Helene was cinematographer on Petit indi/C'est ici que je vis (Little Indi/I Live Here), which was filmed on location in Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain. A grim drama of a family struggling to stay together against long odds, Petit indi (Little Indi) was an official selection at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival. Helene's work on the film, which was shot entirely in 35mm, was nominated in the Best Cinematography (Millor Fotografia) category for the 2010 Gaudí Awards. Known in Catalan as Premis Gaudí, the Gaudi Awards are Catalonia's main national film awards, established in 2009 by Acadèmia del Cinema Català (Catalan Academy of Cinema).
As Director of Photography on the 3D documentary film Pina (2011), about the contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch, Helene worked with renown German director Wim Wenders, who also wrote the screenplay. Hailed internationally as the 'best use of 3D technology since Avatar', Pina premiered out of competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and went on to gather numerous international accolades and major awards and nominations. Pina was selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards and was nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Documentary Feature. The film was also awarded Best Documentary by the European Film Awards, the German Film Awards, and the German Film Critics Association Awards.
For her extensive body of work and artistic excellence, Helene Louvart is receiving TheWIFTS Foundation 2012 Cinematographer Award.
With Wim Wenders - "Pina" - photo by Donata Wenders