Monika Lenczewska, PSC

— director of photography

Cinematographer based in the US and Europe. Originally from Poland, Monika received her MFA from AFI and has since been shooting films around the world. She recently completed City of Lies, a film directed by Brad Furman starring Johnny Depp and Forest Whitaker, and has started production in Italy on the FX series Trust based around the J. Paul Getty III kidnapping of 1973, written by Simon Beaufoy and executive-produced by Danny Boyle.

Prior to City of LIes, Monika worked on the Icelandic feature Under the Tree, directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, which premiered at the 2017 Venice Festival and TIFF.

In 2016, Monika had two features premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival: neo-noir thriller Message from the King, directed by Fabrice Du Welz starring Chadwick Boseman and Luke Evans, and Sofia Exarchou’s powerful Greek film Park, developed out of the Sundance Lab about the disenfranchised youth of the economically downtrodden country.

Monika had the rare honor to premiere two films simultaneously at the Sundance Film Festival (2014): Imperial Dreams, directed by Malik Vitthal starring John Boyega, and Difret, a film tackling the Ethiopian tradition of female abduction into marriage, directed by Zeresenay Mehari and executive-produced by Angelina Jolie.

She received Best Cinematography nominations at both Sundance and the honorable Camerimage Film Festival for Difret.

For her commercial work Monika was the first female cinematographer to be awarded The Creative Circle Award for Best Cinematography in Libresse #Bloodnormal campaign in 2018. The same campaign also won four awards at The British Arrows 2018 including Best Commercial of the Year.

Monika was named by Variety as one of the Top 10 Cinematographers to Watch in 2016. She is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG), Polish Society of Cinematographers (PSC) and European Film Academy (EFA).

— Selected work
  • CITY OF LIES / USA / 2018

    Director: Brad Furman
    Global Road + FilmNation

  • TRUST  / USA / 2018

    Director: Dawn Shadforth & Emanuele Crialese
    FX Network

  • UNDER THE TREE / Iceland / 2017

    Director: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurõsson
    Magnolia Pictures + Netop Films
    Official Selection, Venice Film Festival (2017)
    Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival (2017)

  • MESSAGE FROM THE KING / USA / 2016

    Director: Fabrice du Welz
    Netflix + Entertainment 1 + Canal+
    Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival (2016)

  • PARK / Greece / 2016

    Director: Sofia Exarchou
    Neo Films
    Official Selection, London Film Festival (2016)
    Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival (2016)

  • STRANGE HEAVEN / Poland / 2015

    Director: Dariusz Gajewski
    Tak Film
    Best Film, Netia Off Camera Kraków (2016)
    Best Actress, Netia Off Camera Kraków (2016)
    Best Actress, Polish Film FEstiva Gdynia (2015)

  • DIFRET / Ethiopia / 2014

    Director: Zeresenay Mahari
    Netflix
    Winner, World Dramatic Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival (2014)
    Winner, Panorama Audience Award, Berlin Film Festival (2014)
    Winner, Best Cinematography Debut, Camerimage Film Festival (2014)

  • IMPERIAL DREAMS /  USA / 2014

    Director: Malik Vitthal
    Netflix
    Winner, Best of Next Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival (2014)

  • B FOR BOY / Nigeria / 2013

    Director: Chika Anadu
    No Blondes Productions
    Official Selection, London Film Festival (2013)
    Winner, Audience Award, AFI Festival (2013)

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