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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #20. Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Eisenstein in Guanajauto

Director: Peter Greenaway // Writer: Peter Greenaway

Cinema is alive and kicking and so is director Peter Greenaway, though listening to the esteemed auteur often leads one to believe otherwise. The creator of some of the cinema’s most alluring and sometimes controversial works (the unforgettable The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, & Her Lover 1989 or the less renowned The Baby of Macon, 1995), Greenaway has long challenged the visual limits of film. Anyone doubting his continued masterful ability need only look to his last completed feature (sadly without US distribution), Goltzius and the Pelican Company, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival. He also contributed to the 2013 omnibus 3x3D along with Edgar Pera and Jean-Luc Godard. His latest, Eisenstein in Guanajuato is exactly what it says it’s about, a reenactment of the famed filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein at a pivotal moment in his career. After being maligned by conservative American values following the success of early titles such as Battleship Potemkin, Eisenstein traveled to Mexico in 1931 to consider a film privately funded by American pro-Communists headed by famed author Upton Sinclair.

Cast: Stelio Savante, Lisa Owen, Maya Zapata

Production Co: Submarine, Fu Works, Paloma Negra Films, Edith Film Oy, Potemkino

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: Greenaway will be presenting the film in competition at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.


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