Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Director: Peter Greenaway

Country:  Mexico / Netherlands

Year of Production:  2015

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In 1931, at the height of his artistic powers, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (Elmer 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. Chaperoned by his guide Palomino Cañedo (Luis Alberti), he experiences the ties between Eros and Thanatos, sex and death, happy to create their effects in cinema, troubled to suffer them in life.

Awarded Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the 2014 BAFTAs, Peter Greenaway CBE, one of the most inventive, ambitious and controversial filmmakers of our time, explores the mind of one of the greatest masters of cinema (in the first of a trilogy of feature films), a creative genius facing the desires and fears of love, sex and death through ten passionate days that helped shape the rest of his career.

Receiving its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in 2015, EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO is Greenaway’s third collaboration with Axiom Films, beginning in 2010 with NIGHTWATCHING, and following with GOLTZIUS AND THE PELICAN COMPANY in 2014.

DVD and Blu-ray Bonus features: Interviews with director Peter Greenaway and actors Elmer Bäck and Luis Alberti

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Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti

Also starring: 

Maya Zapata, Lisa Owen, Stelio Savante, Rasmus Slätis, Jakob Öhrman


Director: Peter Greenaway


Peter Greenaway


Bruno Felix, San Fu Maltha, Cristina Velasco, Femke Wolting

Editor:  Elmer Leupen

Cinematographer:  Reinier van Brummelen

Production Details

Country:  Mexico / Netherlands

Year of Production:  2015

Language:  English

Duration:  105 minutes

Original aspect ratio:  2.35:1



  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  15th April 2016

DVD Release Date:  23rd January 2017

Also available on Blu-Ray:  23rd January 2017

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