Eisenstein In Guanajuato: How the Soviet Revolutionary Director Fell for his Mexican Guide

Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Peter Greenaway’s “Eisenstein In Guanajuato” which world premiered in competition at Berlin fest.

A passion project for Greenaway, the visually-striking film chronicles the journey of Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein when he traveled to Guanajuato in Mexico to shoot “Que Viva Mexico” in 1931. While in Mexico, Grenaway fell madly in love with his guide Canedo.

“Strand Releasing is the perfect company to bring this strong, innovative and provocative film to the audience in the US and to allow younger people to discover the work of Peter Greenaway as well,” said Jean-Christophe Simon of Films Boutique.

Added Marcus Hu of Strand Releasing, “(Greenaway) is a filmmaker that we’ve long admired and a filmmaker that fits our library.”

Boldly outrageous, the film stars Elmer Back, the founding member of the Berlin-based theatre group Nya Rampen, as Sergei Eisenstein. Luis Alberti, who also comes from theater, plays Palomino Canedo, Eisenstein’s guide.

Strand plans for a release at the end of the year or in 2016.

A critically-aclaimed filmmaker, Greenaway is best known for directing “The Draughtsman’s Contract,” “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover” amd “Prospero’s Books.”

“Strand is known to be a distributor with both taste and strong track record of distributing independent films. We feel the film is in the best hands to bring to American audiences,” said producer Femke Wolting.

Strand Releasing’s 2015 slate includes Fatih Akin’s “The Cut,” Eran Riklis”A Borrowed Identity” and Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight.”