Previously at the ICA - Films
16 Apr 2016 – 21 Apr 2016
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 vulnerably 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.
Eisenstein in Guanajuato, dir. Peter Greenaway, Mexico/Netherlands 2015, 105 mins
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