Philip Øgaard – cinematographer – Kitchen Stories / Zero Kelvin / North / When Bubbles Burst
FRED’s Matt Micucci has the pleasure of interviewing one of Norway’s premier cinematographers and one of the most revered cinematographers in the world – Philip Øgaard.
This year, the Ostrava Kamera Oko paid tribute to Scandinavian cinematographers in a section dedicated to it named Nordic Lights. Naturally, Philip Øgaard could not be left out, and four films in which he worked are featured in the programme – NORTH, ZERO KELVIN, KITCHEN STORIES and WHEN BUBBLES BURST.
We talk with him about his beginnings, his techniques, the way he works, what he thinks of the cultural value of the visual language of film and of course, what he thinks makes the distinctive Scandinavian type of cinematography so universally acknowledged, referenced and admired.
Norwegian cinematographer born in 1948. Since 1983, he has been collaborating with a number of Scandinavian film and TV directors and won a number of awards at Norwegian and international film festivals. His frequent collaborators include e.g. director Martin Aspahug (Kim Novak Never Swam in Genesaret’s Lake, 2005) and Hans Petter Moland, director of the film Aberdeen from 2000 for whichØgaard won the Bronze Frog award at the Camerimage festival. With Moland, he also shot the film In Order of Disappearance (2014) selected for the main competition of Berlinale.