Selected as one of American Cinematographer’s Rising Stars of 2018, award-winning Brazilian cinematographer Carolina Costa has traveled the world photographing critically-acclaimed feature films, documentaries, shorts and commercials. Costa most recently shot director Minhal Baig’s coming-of-age story Hala, premiering Jan. 26 at Sundance; and Tara Miele’s upcoming drama Wander Darkly, starring Diego Luna and Sienna Miller.
Costa’s first feature as a cinematographer, The Chosen Ones from director David Pablos, premiered at Cannes before winning five Mexican Academy of Film Arts and Sciences’ Ariel Awards, including Costa’s award for Best Cinematography. Her work was additionally praised by The Hollywood Reporter as “a handsomely shot feature.”
Last year, Costa handled second-unit cinematography and B-camera for Luca Guadagnino's critically-acclaimed Suspiria, starring Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson. She also lensed three-time Oscar winning producer James L. Brooks’ documentary Icebox, now on HBO after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her other credits include photographing Anahita Ghazvinizadeh’s Cannes selection They; Max Winkler’s Tribeca film, Flower, starring Zoey Deutch, Kathryn Hahn and Adam Scott; and Darya Zhuk’s critically-acclaimed Karlovy Vary festival selection Crystal Swan, premiering in the U.S. Jan. 26 at Slamdance.
In addition to feature films, Costa enjoys lending her expertise to commercials with relevant and important themes. She recently collaborated with Diego Luna to shoot Jarritos’ most recent spot, The Journey, a short film showcasing the struggles, and triumphs of immigrants living in the United States.
Originally from Brazil, Costa studied at the University of the Arts, London, where she was mentored by Sue Gibson, the renowned first female president of the British Society of Cinematographers. Costa then moved to Los Angeles and earned her Masters in Cinematography from the American Film Institute. Her AFI thesis film Way in Rye went on to compete at Cameraimage in Poland, followed by her AFI alumni short Contrapelo which premiered at Tribeca before being shortlisted for the Academy Awards.