Benoît Debie

Benoît Debie (born 1968)[1] is a Belgian cinematographer. He is best known for his work on features including Irréversible (2002), Enter the Void (2009), The Runaways (2010) and Spring Breakers (2012).

Benoît Debie
Born1968 (age 52–53)
Liège, Belgium
Years active1992–present


Debie attended the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD), a Belgian film school. After graduating, he worked as a camera assistant before taking up cinematography jobs on various television series. He worked in television for ten years while also shooting short films and advertisements.[2] The first feature film he was involved with as a director of photography was Irréversible, a controversial 2002 film directed by Gaspar Noé. Noé contacted him to shoot the film after seeing Debie's previous work, specifically a short film titled A Wonderful Love (1999) directed by Fabrice Du Welz. Debie's next project was Lucile Hadžihalilović's Innocence (2004), followed by The Card Player (2004), an Italian film directed by Dario Argento, and The Ordeal, another collaboration with Fabrice du Welz. In 2006 he photographed the French feature Locked Out.[2]

Debie went on to film Day Night Day Night, Julia Loktev's first film, released in 2006, before returning to work with his previous collaborators: Vinyan (2008) with Fabrice du Welz and Enter the Void (2009) with Gaspar Noé. In 2010 he was cinematographer on The Runaways, a biopic about Joan Jett's first band, and by 2011 he had finished shooting Adrian Grunberg's action film Get the Gringo. The same year, he was named one of Variety magazine's "10 Cinematographers to Watch".[3] He photographed Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers in 2012—which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography—and Wim Wenders' Every Thing Will Be Fine the following year.[4] In 2013 he was hired by American actor Ryan Gosling (whom Debie had first met in 1998) to shoot Gosling's first film, Lost River, which was filmed in 2013 and premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[5]

Debie is a member of the Belgian Society of Cinematographers (SBC).[5]

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Director Notes
2002 Irréversible Gaspar Noé 1st collaboration with Gaspar Noé
2004 The Card Player (Il Cartaio) Dario Argento
The Ordeal (Calvaire) Fabrice Du Welz
Innocence Lucile Hadžihalilović
2006 Locked Out (Enfermés dehors) Albert Dupontel
Day Night Day Night Julia Loktev
2007 Joshua George Ratliff
2008 Vinyan Fabrice Du Welz
2008 New York, I Love You Yvan Attal
Shekhar Kapur
2 segments
2009 Enter the Void Gaspar Noé 2nd collaboration with Gaspar Noé
Carriers Àlex Pastor
David Pastor
2010 The Runaways Floria Sigismondi
2012 Get the Gringo Adrian Grunberg
Spring Breakers Harmony Korine 1st collaboration with Harmony Korine
2014 Lost River Ryan Gosling
2015 Love Gaspar Noé 3rd collaboration with Gaspar Noé
Every Thing Will Be Fine Wim Wenders 1st collaboration with Wim Wenders
2016 The Dancer Stéphanie Di Giusto
One More Time with Feeling Andrew Dominik Documentary
2017 Submergence Wim Wenders 2nd collaboration with Wim Wenders
2018 Climax Gaspar Noé 4th collaboration with Gaspar Noé
The Sisters Brothers Jacques Audiard César Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Magritte Award for Best Cinematography
2019 The Beach Bum Harmony Korine 2nd collaboration with Harmony Korine
Lux Æterna Gaspar Noé 5th collaboration with Gaspar Noé
2021 Vortex Gaspar Noé 6th collaboration with Gaspar Noé



  1. ^ Ariane Damain Vergallo, Benoît Debie, SBC, the attraction of opposites, 1 March 2018, at
  2. ^ a b Feuillère, Anna (26 April 2006). "Interview with Benoît Debie". Cineuropa. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  3. ^ Anderson, John (11 February 2011). "Benoit Debie: Rock sensibility on 'Runaways'". Variety. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Benoit Debie". Independent Spirit Awards. 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  5. ^ a b Reumont, François; Raiffe, Alex (20 May 2014). "Cinematographer Benoît Debie, SBC, discusses his work on "Lost River", by Ryan Gosling". French Society of Cinematographers. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
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