Production starts on new Peter Greenaway film Eisenstein in Guanajuato
Today, Thursday 30th January, Peter Greenaway has started shooting his new film in Mexico, Eisenstein in Guanajuato. It is a feature film about the world’s greatest filmmaker, with Finnish actor Elmer Bäck (The Spiral) playing the title role of Sergei Eisenstein. This international co-production is led by producers Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting from Submarine (Last Hijack, Meet the Fokkens, Rembrandt’s j’Accuse) and San Fu Maltha from Fu Works (Blackbook, Winter in Wartime, Süskind and Kenau). The entire film will be shot in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Eisenstein’s talent, insight and wisdom have been compared to that of Shakespeare and Beethoven, and his films Strike, Battleship Potemkin and October sealed his fame. The film shows how Russian born Eisenstein spends ten days in Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1931. Thirty-three year old Eisenstein falls in love and loses his virginity. His sensual experiences in Mexico 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 humanized Eisenstein as a filmmaker. His later films were more sympathetic to the human condition.
“In a time 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”.
Peter Greenaway (born in Wales) has been nominated for the most prestigious film awards at the international film festivals in Cannes, Venice and Berlin. His first feature film The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982) launched his international career and identified him as one of the most original and important film makers of our time. He confirmed this reputation with films like The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover (1989) and The Pillow Book (1996). Peter Greenaway’s impressive CV comprises more than 65 films. 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, Cub). Broadcasting organizations VPRO (The Netherlands), ZDF/Arte (Germany/France) and YLE (Finland) are supporting the film. The development of this film is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union. The realization of this film has been made possible by contributions from Netherlands Film Fund, Eficine, the Finnish Film Foundation, Screen Flanders, the Belgian Tax shelter and a number of private investors. Sales agent for this film is Rezo Film (France).
Eisenstein in Guanajuato is expected to be released in cinemas in September 2014.