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Eisenstein travels from Guanajuato to Berlin

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- Peter Greenaway’s new film leads a contingent of eight Dutch titles to the 65th Berlinale

Eisenstein travels from Guanajuato to Berlin
Eisenstein in Guanajuato by Peter Greenaway

Eight Dutch films and four minority co-productions will be heading to the Berlinale, whose 65th edition will run from 5-15 February. Leading the Dutch contingent is the highly anticipated new movie by Peter GreenawayEisenstein in Guanajuato [+see also:
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, which is part of the line-up of sales outfit Films Boutique. The new effort by the Netherlands-based British director depicts Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein during a trip to Mexico to direct a new movie. Once there, and facing production issues, Eisenstein finds himself increasingly fascinated by the country. Chaperoned by a local guide, he opens up to his suppressed fears as he embraces a new world of sensual pleasures and possibilities that will ultimately mould his evolution from a conceptual filmmaker into an artist fascinated by the human condition.

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Produced by Amsterdam-based companies Submarine and Fu Works, along with Mexico’s Paloma Negra Films, Eisenstein in Guanajuato is the first Dutch film in ten years to vie for the Golden Bear. The other Dutch title in competition is Vietnamese director Di Phan Dang’s Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories [+see also:
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, a minority co-production by Volya Films.

Sacha Polak’s second feature, Zurich [+see also:
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, will have its world premiere in the Forum section. Produced by Viking Film, the film centres on a woman who wanders along Europe’s motorways while desperately trying to let go of her past. Polak’s feature debut, Hemel [+see also:
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, was a FIRPESCI Award winner at the 2012 Berlinale.

As in previous editions, the Generation sections also feature several Dutch titles, including Sam de Jong’s feature debut, PrinceSaskia Diesing’s Nena [+see also:
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 and Mees Peijnenburg’s short A Hole in My Heart – all of them set to screen in Generation 14plus. The Generation Kplus section includes Tallulah Schwab’s Confetti Harvest [+see also:
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 and Astrid Bussink’s short Giovanni and the Water Ballet, which was awarded Best Youth Documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam last December. Meanwhile, Willemiek Kluijfhout’s documentary Sergio Herman, FUCKING PERFECT is screening in the Culinary Cinema programme.

Lastly, the minority co-productions Necktie Youth by Sibs Shongwe-La Mer (South Africa/Netherlands) and The Summer of Sangaile [+see also:
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interview: Alanté Kavaïté
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by Alante Kavaite (Lithuania/Netherlands) are selected for the Panorama, while The Yes Men Are Revolting [+see also:
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 by Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno and Laura Nix is part of Panorama Dokumente.

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