KAMAL DERKAOUI

KAMAL DERKAOUI

Director of Photography, Morocco

Citation

“When I film in North America, it’s usually very conventional. The way Pascal shoots his scenes was completely new for me. It was very interesting. In the same scene, he can shoot some fluid shots with a Steadicam, some rougher images with a hand-held camera, tracking shots with a Dolly, and some totally crazy crane shots. And all that creates a homogenous whole. […] The result is superb. Technically, it shouldn’t be possible, and yet he pulls it off.”

(Kamal Derkaoui discussing the shoot for The Tall Man by Pascal Laugier)

Presentation

Kamal Derkaoui grew up in Lodz (Poland) where his parents were studying in the Polish National Film School. Being permanently with his father on sets, Kamal developed an early interest in cinema. After he finished high school, he decided to study cinematography and got admitted into one of the most prestigious film schools in the world, the VGIK (Russian Federation State Institute of Cinematography), where he studied under the strict tutelage of Vadim Ioussov, Andreï Tarkovski’s legendary cinematographer. Six years later, in 1994, he graduated with a Master's Degree in Cinematography with honors. Very early in his carrier, and since then, Kamal has been recognized as “experienced, fast, very sensitive to the beauty of light and to composition,” receiving international awards for Best Cinematography in numerous film festivals around the globe.

Selected Filmography

1993      LE DOUX MURMURE Mostafa Derkaoui – court métrage/short

JE(U) AU PASSÉ Mostafa Derkaoui

1994      DEUX OMBRES Kamal Derkaoui – court métrage/short

LE TRAIN VA Juho Lilya – court métrage/short

1995      CINÉMA IMPÉRIAL Hakim Noury – court métrage/short

LUMIÈRE Omar Chraibi – court métrage/short

SUR LA TERRASSE Farida Benlyazid – court métrage/short

LE MOUCHOIR BLEU Jillali Ferhati – court métrage/short

1996      FABULA Omar Chraïbi – court métrage/short

L’HOMME DE PAILLE Jamal Belmejdoub – court métrage/short

SUPER CAÏD Hakim Noury – court métrage/short

PÊCHEUR Hamid Zoughi – court métrage/short

UN SIMPLE FAIT DIVERS Hakim Noury

1997      SACRÉE SOIRÉE Jamal Belmejdoub – court métrage/short

                WOMEN… AND WOMEN (Femmes… et femmes – Nissa... wa nissa) Saâd Chraïbi

1998      LE DERNIER SPECTACLE Nourdine Lakhmari – court métrage/short

                DESTIN DE FEMMES Hakim Noury

MABROUK Driss Chouika

1999      COUPABLE Imad Noury – court métrage/short

DIABÉTIQUE Hakim Noury

PLAITS (Tresses) Jillali Ferhati

2000      LE CIMETIÈRE DES MISÉRICORDES Ali Tahiri – court métrage/short

ÉTAT DE SIÈGE H’med Idrissi – court métrage/short

THIRST (Soif – Atash) Saâd Chraïbi

2001      NO SECRETS Imad Noury & Souhail Noury – court métrage/short

MONA SABER Abdelhay Laraki

UNE HISTOIRE D’AMOUR Hakim Noury

2002      FIREFIGHT Paul Ziller

Betraying Reason Lili Schad

2003      SPARE CHANGE Peter Waal – court métrage/short

DRESS TO KILL (Crossing) Roger Larry

Suzuki Speaks – TV, doc

LES AVEUX D’UN PÈRE Jillali Ferhati

LE FIL ROUGE Saâd Chraïbi

La Chambre noire Hassan Benjelloun

2004      Corona Station Steve Rosenberg – court métrage/short

NIGHT AT FEDERICCO Robert Wright – court métrage/short

BEAUTY BOND Tony Papa – court métrage/short

McKIDS J. Kennedy

Seeking FEAR Robin Webb & L. Johnson

JAIL GIRL (Jawhara) Saâd Chraïbi

Spare Change Peter Waal – court métrage/short

2005-2008

ROBSON ARMS – TV

2005      For Want of a Book Tony Papa – court métrage/short

49th and Main – TV

Deux Femmes sur la route Farida Bourquia

The First Russian Vladimir Levin

2006      Alice, I Think – TV

2007      Death in the Forest – TV, doc

WHERE ARE YOU GOING MOSHÉ? (Où vas-tu Moshé ? – Finemachi ya Moché) Hassan Benjelloun

Sex Conspiration (Judicial Indiscretion) George Mendeluk

The Bar Mike Jackson – court métrage/short

                SNOW BUDDIES (Les Copains des neiges) Robert Vince

Poison Ivy: The Secret Society – TV

2008      SPACE BUDDIES (Les Copains de l’espace) Robert Vince

SANTA BUDDIES (Les copains fêtent Noël) Robert Vince

2009      Playing for Keeps (Seule face à l'injustice) Gary Harvey

CHRONIQUES BLANCHES Krimo Derkaoui

SANTA PAWS Robert Vince

AT DAWN (Demain dès l'aube) Jillali Ferhati

2010      L'Enfant cheikh Hamid Benani

Andalousie, mon amour ! Mohamed Nadif

ENTRE HIER ET DEMAIN Saâd Chraïbi

TREASURE BUDDIES (Les Copains chasseurs de trésor) Robert Vince

THE TALL MAN (The Secret) Pascal Laugier

2011      Angels Sing Tim McCanlies

RADIO REBEL (Appelez-moi DJ Rebel) Peter Howitt

2012      HOLIDAY SPIN (Une danse pour Noël) Jon Rosenbaum

Twist of Faith Paul A. Kaufman

DANGEROUS INTUITION (Intuition maternelle) Roger Christian

2013      FRONTIERAS Farida Benlyazid

Les Enfants terribles de Casablanca – TV

PILLOW SECRETS (Secrets d’oreiller – Sarirou al assrar) Jillali Ferhati

LUCKY IN LOVE (Ma vie rêvée !) Kevin Fair

2013-2015

CEDAR COVE (Retour à Cedar Cove) – TV

2014       Painkillers Peter Winther

2015      RABID DOGS (Enragés) Éric Hannezo

Kindergarten Cop 2 Don Michael Paul