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Florent Herry (SBC) is a Belgian cinematographer born in Morlaix (Finistère) in 1963. He graduated from IAD – the Institut des Arts de Diffusion in Belgium – and made his cinematography debut on the short film The Perme (1991) by Thibaud Staib and Emmanuel Sylvestre, followed by their feature film Andre le magnifique, winner of the Special Jury Award at the 2000 Paris Film Festival.
In 1998 Herry started his collaboration with Reha Erdem, one of the most prominent contemporary Turkish directors, as cinematographer on Erdem’s first feature Run for Money (Kaç Para Kaç), Turkey’s official submission to the 73rd Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Since then Herry kept working on all the following films directed by Erdem, providing for each of them a very refined and complex visual style which granted him many awards in the best festivals around the world. Big Big World marks the latest of these collaborations which was awarded with the Special Jury Award at the recent Venice Film Festival.