30th Haifa International Film Festival
Dir.: Peter Greenaway
Pro.: Kees Kasander
Scr.: Peter Greenaway
DP.: Reinier van Brummelen
Ed.: Elmer Leupen
Music: Marco Robino
Festivals: Rome, Seattle
Cast: F.Murray Abraham, Ramsey Nasr, Kate Moran, Giulio Berruti, Anne Louise Hassing, Flavio Parenti
Source: Bankside Films, London
128 min., English and Dutch, Hebrew subtitles
Peter Greenaway returns to Haifa with stunningly visual, sexually blatant, decadent and thought provoking film.
The year is 1590 and the notorious Dutch engraver Hendrick Goltzius arrives at the court of the Margrave of Alsace with his company of writers, workers, and performers. He seduces the Margrave into paying for a printing press to make and publish illustrated books. Goltzius promises him an extraordinary book of pictures of the Old Testament Biblical stories, a book of erotic tales. To tempt the Margrave further, Goltzius and his printing company offer to perform dramatizations of these erotic stories for his court.
Peter Greenaway was born in Wales and educated in London. He was trained as a painter and started making his own films in 1966. His first feature film, The Draughtsman's Contract, established him internationally as one of the most original and important film-makers of our times.
Filmography: Nightwatching (2007), The Tulse Luper Suitcases (2002-4), The Pillow Book (1996), Prospero's Books (1991), The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover (1989), Drowning by Numbers (1988), Belly of an Architect (1987), A Zed & Two Noughts (1986), The Draughtsman's Contract (1982)
Explicit Sexual Scenes
Screen on the 20.9 - With the presence of the director