Finally, Peter Greenaway’s “Eisenstein in Guanajuato” sees the light of day this month at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. Shot in Mexico, the avant-biopic follows Russian iconoclast Sergei Eisenstein’s 10 sensually stirring days spent in the title city in 1931, a heady influence on his life and films. (Trailer below.)
Though the British director of such brainy melds of art and film as “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover” (1989), “A Zed & Two Naughts” and “The Pillow Book”(1996) has lately been working on experimental art projects, Greenaway has put out a couple of features in recent years, including “Goltzius and the Pelican Company” (2012) with F. Murray Abraham.
A Berlin competition entry, “Eisenstein”‘s cast includes Finnish actor Elmer Back in the title role, Mexican actor Luis Alberti in the role of his guide (Palomino Canedo), South African actor Stelio Savante as Hunter S. Kimbrough and Lisa Owen as Mary Craig Sinclair. Film Boutique currently holds world sales rights.
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