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Peter Greenaway Shoots ‘Eisenstein in Guanajuato’ in Mexico

Film charts Russian filmmaker's sensual awakening in Mexico

LONDON — Peter Greenaway has started lensing “Eisenstein in Guanajuato” in Mexico. International rights for the film are being handled by Rezo Films.

The pic is produced by Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting for Submarine (“Last Hijack,” “Meet the Fokkens,” “Rembrandt’s J’Accuse”), and San Fu Maltha for Fu Works (“Blackbook,” “Winter in Wartime,” “Suskind” and “Kenau”). The film will be shot entirely in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Finnish actor Elmer Back (“The Spiral”) plays the title role of Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein.

The film follows Eisenstein as he spends ten days in 1931 in Guanajuato, Mexico, where he falls in love. His sensual experiences there turn out to have been crucial in his life and his films. From being a formal filmmaker with films about conceptual ideas, his trip to Mexico humanizes Eisenstein as a filmmaker, and his films become more sympathetic to the human condition.

Greenaway said: “At a time when cinema is dying, it is pertinent to celebrate cinema’s greatest practitioner. The business of cinema never seems to change. Many of the problems Eisenstein had in 1931, have reappeared all over again. Difficulties of financing, problems of logistics, cultures and language barriers. Such as Eisenstein rose to these problems, so do we.”

Greenaway is best known for “The Draughtsman’s Contract” and “The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover.” His most recent works include “Nightwatching” (2007), “Rembrandt’s J’Accuse” (2008) and “Goltzius and the Pelican Company” (2012).

“Eisenstein in Guanajuato” is an international co-production between Submarine and Fu Works (The Netherlands), and Paloma Negra Films (Mexico), Edith Film (Finland) and Potemkino (Belgium).
Broadcasting networks VPRO (the Netherlands), ZDF (Germany), Arte (France) and YLE (Finland) are supporting the film.

Development of the pic was backed by the MEDIA Program of the European Union. It has also received backing from the Netherlands Film Fund, Eficine, the Finnish Film Foundation, Screen Flanders, the Belgian Tax Shelter and a number of private investors.

The pic is expected to be released in cinemas in September 2014.

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