After a 16-year feature film hiatus, director Todd Field's new movie "TÁR" has received overwhelming critical acclaim. Among its many plaudits are the Golden Frog at Camerimage, AFI Movie of the Year, and six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. The film follows Lydia Tár, chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, as she prepares for a major live recording of Mahler's Fifth Symphony while trying to contain the fall-out from a personal catastrophe of her own making.
Committed to shooting the film in Berlin, and working solely with a German crew, Field began his search for a cinematographer. After watching season one of the AMC series "The Terror," he was struck by what he calls DP Florian Hoffmeister's "exquisite ability to create believable light on a face under any condition, despite shooting on a stage. Florian had to convey the sense of all these different times of day, above and below deck on the ship, and you never doubt it for a second. That's a very fine art and not to be overstated."