Peter Greenaway to Shoot Sergei Eisenstein Biopic This Year

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Peter Greenaway

His next movie could be partly set in St. Petersburg.

ODESSA, Ukraine – British director Peter Greenaway plans to shoot a movie about Sergei Eisenstein’s stay in Mexico this fall and considers partially filming his next movie in St. Petersburg.

Greenaway, who was recently a guest at the Odessa International Film Festival, told The Hollywood Reporter that he hopes to shoot the Eisenstein movie, Eisenstein in Guanajuato, which is focused on the Russian director’s stay in Mexico back in 1930, in November/December of this year.

“[Guanajuato] is the name of a silver mining town, which Eisenstein visited in early 1930,” he said. “My reason for making the film is that I’m a long, long time admirer of Eisenstein. In a sense, it’s an opportunity now to pay him a certain sort of hommage.”

Meanwhile, after Eisenstein in Guanajuato, Greenaway intends to make Food for Love, a project that was presented by the director at the Moscow Business Square last month and was awarded a certificate for post-production at the Russian studio complex Glavkino. No Russian participation in the project has been confirmed so far, but St Petersburg is being considered as one of the film’s main locations.

“Some people – and I won’t deny it completely – say it’s sort of like a sequel to Death in Venice,” Greenaway said, adding that one half of the script takes place in Venice and the other half in another European city. “And there is every good reason to imagine that we could try and make that city St Petersburg,” he said.