Sharper Director Wanted His Cinematographer To Be ‘The Princess Of Darkness’ And Emulate Gordon Willis [Exclusive]

During the interview, Benjamin Caron tells Ben Pearson that “Klute” was the “biggest reference point” while working on “Sharper,” citing the film’s visual language. “There was just something about the atmosphere of that film that I’ve always loved,” he says. “So I said to Charlotte [Bruus Christensen], who was our brilliant cinematographer on this, I was like, ‘Look, I want you to be the Princess of Darkness on this.'” The Danish cinematographer has her fair share of impressive credits to her name, having shot films like “The Girl on the Train,” “Fences,” “Molly’s Game,” “A Quiet Place,” “The Banker,” and recently, “All the Old Knives.”

Caron says that he wanted the film to emulate “these sophisticated compositions of using light and darkness,” being a huge fan of how Gordon Willis and Alan J. Pakula utilized shadows and underexposed long takes to tell the story in “Klute.” In describing Willis’ work, Caron says, “He just basically infused every frame with meaning and atmosphere, and there was a beautiful delicacy to it. So it was a heavy leaning into the feeling of that film.” With such a powerful film as a reference point, it’s all but certain that “Sharper” will have audiences ready to venture into the darkness.

“Sharper” will be released in select theaters on February 10, 2023, before its Apple TV+ arrival on February 17, 2023.

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