Eisenstein in Guanajuato

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Eisenstein in Guanajuato
File:Eisenstein in Guanajuato.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Peter Greenaway
Produced by
Written by Peter Greenaway
Starring Elmer Bäck
Cinematography Reinier van Brummelen
Edited by Elmer Leupen
Distributed by
  • Cinemein (Netherlands)
  • Piano (Mexico)
  • B-Plan Distribution (Finland)
  • Pyramide Distribution (France)
Release dates
  • 11 February 2015 (2015-02-11) (Berlin)
  • 18 June 2015 (2015-06-18) (Netherlands)
  • 8 July 2015 (2015-07-08) (France)
  • 4 September 2015 (2015-09-04) (Finland)
  • 22 January 2016 (2016-01-22) (Mexico)
Running time
105 minutes[1]
  • Netherlands
  • Mexico
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • France
  • English
  • Spanish
  • 2.472 million
  • ($2.8 million)
Box office $78,542[2]

Eisenstein in Guanajuato is a 2015 biographical romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Greenaway. Starring Elmer Bäck as Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein, alongside Stelio Savante, Lisa Owen, Maya Zapata, Luis Alberti, Jakob Öhrman, Rasmus Slätis, and Rhino Ranta, the film is an international co-production between companies in the Netherlands, Mexico, Belgium, Finland, and France.



Eisenstein in Guanajuato premiered at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in the main competition section[3] on 11 February 2015. The film was voted to the bottom place by the Screen International‘s critics’ jury and subsequently ignored by the official jury.[4]

The film opened theatrically in the Netherlands on 18 June, 8 July in France, 4 September in Finland, and 22 January 2016 in Mexico. It was granted a very limited theatrical release in the United States on 5 February 2016.

Critical reception

The film received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 55% score based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. The site's consensus states: "Eisenstein in Guanajuato is certainly bold, but its provocations aren't always enough to overcome a lack of depth and clear narrative purpose."[5] Metacritic reports a 60 out of 100 rating based on 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6]

Critic and author David Robinson praised Greenaway's "...own post-modern pictorialism still as ingenious, flashy and painstakingly wrought in his seventies." He also criticised the film heavily for its salaciousness and many historical inaccuracies, stating that of Eisenstein's wife Pera Atasheva and his many friends, confidants and colleagues: "None of these would recognise the Eisenstein they knew in Greenaway’s Guanajuato."[4]

See also


  1. "Eisenstein in Guanajuato (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2016)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Berlinale 2015: Malick, Dresen, Greenaway and German in Competition". Berlinale. Retrieved 25 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "New Eisenstein Biopic: Greenaway Goes Loco in Guanajuato". Brenton Film. Retrieved 6 February 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Eisenstein In Guanajuato (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 4 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Eisenstein in Guanajuato reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 4 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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