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Eisenstein in Guanajuato

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The New Film by Peter Greenaway!

Area Premiere February 19–21

(2015) dir Peter Greenaway w/Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti [105 min; DCP]
EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO posterIn 1931, at the height of his artistic powers, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (Bäck) travels to Mexico to shoot a new film to be titled Que Viva Mexico. Freshly rejected by Hollywood and under increasing pressure to return to Stalinist Russia, Eisenstein arrives at the city of Guanajuato. The manically energetic Eisenstein quickly becomes drawn into a romantic relationship with his handsome guide Palomino Cañedo (Alberti) who sees in the director a need to experience sensuality and unlock the secrets of his repressed sexuality.

A great filmmaker in his own right, Peter Greenaway (The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover) uses the full powers of cinema to expose Eisenstein’s transformational experience. Filling the screen with repeating images, using lush saturated imagery, finding unique locations, and pushing the boundaries of convention, he has made one of his most vital works in years. With a typically innovative vision, Greenaway explores the mind of a creative genius facing the desires and fears of love, sex, and death through ten passionate days that helped shape the life of one of the greatest masters of cinema.

“Greenaway has wrought an outrageously unconventional and deliriously profane biopic that could take decades to be duly appreciated.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

“Gleefully demolishes the cliché of a great artist as a brooding, omniscient eminence.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times

“A film by a cineaste for cineastes.” – Annlee Ellingson, L.A. Biz

“A fitting tribute to a troubled, glorious iconoclast.” – Robert Abele, The Wrap


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