The story of an unfortunate man sent to repair an old windmill at the German-Czech border. A film that mixes comedy with mystery and the absurd, shot in the foggy landscapes of the Ore Mountains. The Hollywood Reporter called the film "technically creative and unifomly excellent".
"Shot beautifully by Cristian Pirjol in the Ore mountains of the Czech Republic." (Twitchfilm).
"Cinematographer Cristian Pîrjol shoots Schmitke in muted greens and blues, with sudden bursts of red and yellow." (This Week in New York).
The film has been awarded the prize for Best Cinematography 2015 by the Czech Association of Cinematographers.
Feature film, 2014. Directed by Stepan Altrichter & produced by Radim Prochazka, Credo:film & HFF. Cinematography by Cristian Pirjol. Cast: Peter Kurth, Petr Vrsek, Helena Dvorakova, Johann Jürgens. Released theatrically August 2015 in Czech Republic and September 2015 in Germany.
KOHLHAAS, or THE PROPORTIONALITY OF MEANS
Director Aron Lehmann and I shot this multi-layered tragicomedy employing two distinct cinematographic styles: a restless handheld camera documenting in an improvised manner the life and quarrels behind the scenes of a movie shooting and, on the other end of the spectrum, a classic, carefully composed and lit visual style for the historical part of the film. The two styles, documentary and fiction, merge together more and more as the story progresses. The film was shot on a tight budget in the South of Germany at the end of summer 2011. Released the next year, it received critical acclaim at the Munich and Slamdance Film Festivals, was nominated for the German Film Award and went on to win numerous awards, including the Audience Award in Saarbrücken and Best Directing at Achtung Berlin. Twitchfilm.com called it "one of the most gorgeously shot comedies in recent memory" and "deeply-felt, exceptionally unique and innovative". Watch the trailer here.
Feature film, 2012. Directed by Aron Lehmann & produced by Kaminski-Stiehm-Film, Bayrischer Rundfunk & HFF. Cinematography by Cristian Pirjol. Cast: Robert Gwisdek, Jan Messutat, Thorsten Merten, Rosalie Thomass, Heiko Pinkowski, Michael Fuith. Released threatrically in Germany in 2013. The DVD is available here.
THE GANG OF THE JOTAS
A black comedy/roadmovie shot with a crew of only five people over the course of 13 days. Director Marjane Satrapi ("Persepolis") plays the role of the mysterious woman. Although the script was improvised on location, the cinematographic style is very much classic, taking visual cues from Western films and American photojournalism of the 1960s. The film was part of the official selection at the Rome and Göteborg Film Festivals in 2012.
Feature film, 2012. Directed by Marjane Satrapi & produced by Taj Films France. Cinematography by Cristian Pirjol. Cast: Marjane Satrapi, Stéphane Roche, Mathias Ripa, Ali Mafakheri, Maria de Meideiros. Released threatrically in France in 2013.
44 DAYS OF CHICKEN WITH PLUMS
A lighthearted documentary about the making of a french film, shot & edited by myself. Armed with a small camera and a microphone, I documented the shooting of CHICKEN WITH PLUMS over the course of 3 months in the summer of 2010. You can watch the entire film online.
Documentary, 2011. Directed, shot & edited by Cristian Pirjol. Interviews by Marjane Satrapi & Patricia Doukhan.
DID MICHAEL KNIGHT END THE COLD WAR?
This award-winning short film is set in Prague in the year 1989, during the final days of the communist regime. The film is shot both in exterior sets as well as in the studio. In order to achieve an accurate period look, we used lenses that would have been used during that time and also filtered accordingly in-camera. Director Stepan Altrichter and I took visual inspiration from U.S. blockbusters as well as popular Czech films of the late 1980s. The film ran in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and over 20 other festivals on four continents.
Short film, 2009. Directed by Stepan Altrichter & produced by RBB/HFF/FAMU. Cinematography by Cristian Pirjol.