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Goltzius and the Pelican Company

Director Peter Greenaway scheduled to attend | May 17 & May 19

United Kingdom | 2012 | 128 minutes | Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway's stunningly visual, sexually provocative 16th-century tale is based on the life of the notorious Dutch engraver who tempts the Margrave of Alsace with a business proposition, offering to stage erotic dramatizations of the Old Testament.

May 9, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
2:00 PM Date has passed

Press Screening - Admission by pass only

May 17, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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At 70 years old, iconoclast Peter Greenaway has lost none of his contrarian spirit or unwavering commitment to visually compelling film. His latest work is profoundly visual, thought provoking, decadent, and awash in sexually provocative imagery.

Set in the year 1590, the story follows Hendrick Goltzius (Ramsey Nasr) and his crew of writers, workers, and performers as they arrive in Colmar at the palace of a rich and powerful margrave (F. Murray Abraham), who the engraver hopes will finance a printing press he can use to publish illustrated versions of the Old Testament and the works of Ovid. In order to seal the deal, Goltzius needs to titillate the nobleman and his court with live renditions of what he refers to as the "Six Sexual Taboos," beginning with Adam and Eve's original sin and covering such transgressions as incest (via the Genesis passages on Lot and his daughters), prostitution (through the tale of Samson and Delilah), and necrophilia (in the story of St. John the Baptist and Salome).

Greenaway again stakes his claim as one of cinema's preeminent stylists, lending a painterly quality to the screen that leads the eye artfully into each scene. An unrelenting provocateur, Greenaway does not fail to include various forms of erotic antics, erections, and simulated intercourse in this rowdy cultural collage. The final product is unforgettable, as both a journey through Goltzius' artistic conflict with the powers that be, and as a venue for Greenaway's infamous directorial psyche.

This film screens again on May 19 as part of An Afternoon with Peter Greenaway, where it is followed by Mr. Greenaway's fascinating treatise on the death of Cinema.

Director Biography
Peter Greenaway is an artist. He paints beautiful images both on the canvas and on the screen. Originally trained as a muralist, he started film making in 1962 with his short film Death of Sentiment. He went off to join the Central Office of Information and worked as a film editor and director, continuing to make experimental short film during his time there. His first feature, The Falls (1980) was featured at festivals worldwide, but his greatest success so far is 1989’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. His films have a history with Seattle audiences, having won the SIFF Golden Space Needle for Best Director for both Drowning by Numbers (1988) and The Pillow Book (1996).

Sponsored in part by The Stranger

Director: Peter Greenaway
Principal Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Ramsey Nasr, Vincent Riota, Alba Rohrwacher, Halina Reijn
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2012
Running Time: 128 minutes
Producer: Kees Kasander
Screenplay: Peter Greenaway
Cinematographers: Reinier van Brummelen
Editors: Elmer Leupen
Music: Marco Robino
Website: http://www.bankside-films.com/films/goltzius-the-pelican-company
Awards: Rome International Film Festival, 2012 (Silver Mouse for Best Film Out of Official Competition)
Filmography: Nightwatching (2007); The Tulse Luper Suitcases (2003-2004); 8 1/2 Women (1999); The Pillow Book (1996); Prospero’s Books (1991); The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989); Drowning by Numbers (1988); The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982)
Language: English, Dutch, French
Format: DCP
International Sales: Bankside Films
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