The Netherlands, Mexico, Belgium, Finland


In 1931, at the height of his artistic powers, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein 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, 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.

Peter Greenaway’s film 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 rest of the career of one of the greatest masters of Cinema.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Peter Greenaway

Written by: Peter Greenaway

Produced by: Bruno Felix, Femke Wolting, San Fu Maltha, Cristina Velasco L.

Cinematography: Reinier van Brummelen

Editing: Elmer Leupen

Production Design: Ana Solares

Costume Design: Brenda Goméz

Animation: Jan Andersson

Cast: Elmer Bäck (Sergei Eisenstein), Luis Alberti (Palomino Cañedo)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2015