Peter Greenaway's Controversial Sergei Eisenstein Film to Get Russia Release

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'Eisenstein in Guanajuato'

'Eisenstein in Guanajuato,' which was refused Russian state funding because of homoerotic elements, has been bought by Volga.

British director Peter Greenaway's controversial film Eisenstein in Guanajuato, about famous Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, has been picked up by Russian distributor Volga.

The film, which premiered in competition at the Berlinale in February, was denied Russian state funding after Greenaway insisted on sticking to a plot that focused on an alleged homosexual affair between Eisenstein and a Mexican guide when he was filming in Mexico in the 1930s.

Eisenstein, who was married and died in 1948 and famed for his 1925 silent movie Battleship Potemkin, is considered one of Russia's greatest directors.

Volga says it plans to release the film later this year, with details about the number of copies and release schedule to be made public at the fall film market in St. Petersburg, Daria Ryazantseva, head of distribution at Volga, told Russian state news agency TASS.

Like all films, Greenaway's movie will need an official distribution license from the Ministry of Culture before it can be released. Russia's anti-gay law, adopted in 2013, forbids the promotion of homosexual lifestyles to young people, meaning the film could potentially run into problems if regulators deem it falls within the reach of that law.

Adbellatif Kechirche's Cannes Golden Palm-winning Blue Is the Warmest Color, is among the films that have been criticized in Russia since the adoption of the law.