Gerrit Messiaen’s medium-length documentary Lucien Hervé, photographer despite himself has received a special mention from the jury at the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal.

Lucien Hervé, photographer despite himselfThe film screened in the festival’s competition section showcasing 38 films originating from 19 different countries. Danielle Sauvage, Matthias Bürcher, Phil Comeau, Claude François and Jean-Paul Fargier formed this year’s international jury, lauding the documentary about Lucien Hervé with a special mention.

Besides screenings at the FIFA in Montréal, the film could also be seen at the Copenhagen Architecture Film Festival end of March and is part of the programme during the Munich Architecture Film Days. Earlier on, Gerrit Messiaen’s documentary could already be spotted in Tallinn, Budapest, Berlin, Brussels and Rio de Janeiro among others. It also scooped awards at the Arquiteturas Film Festival in Lisbon and the Architecture Film Festival in Rotterdam.

In his 54-minute documentary Messiaen sketches a portrait of Lucien Hervé who became the official photographer of French architect Le Corbusier in 1949. He would stay on until Le Corbusier’s death in 1965 after which Hervé continued to work for famous architects as Marcel Breuer, Oscar Niemeyer, Walter Gropius, Richard Neutra, Alvar Aalto, Luigi Nerv and Kenzo Tange among others. The film is about the essence of the work and life of one of the most important architectural photographers of the 20th century.

Gerrit Messiaen wrote, directed and produced Lucien Hervé, photographer despite himself for Atom Film and could count on the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.

Published on Monday 31 March 2014