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F&ME’s production of Peter Greenaway’s Goltzius and the Pelican Company opens to rave reviews in the UK

// 11th of July, 2014

The film opens with a Premiere Screening at Britain’s National Gallery with a lecture and discussion on Goltzius led by Betsy Wieseman, the Gallery’s Curator of Dutch paintings, with Colin Wiggins, Special Projects Curator.

 

"the one film you should watch this week"
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

GOLTZIUS & THE PELICAN COMPANY
A Peter Greenaway film


IN CINEMAS FRIDAY 11th JULY

UK premiere and Q&A with Peter Greenaway
6.30pm Friday 11th July
The National Gallery, London
For tickets please visit: ow.ly/yQMmv

Special screening and Q&A with
Peter Greenaway
5.00pm Saturday 12th July
BFI Southbank, London
For tickets please visit: ow.ly/yUwF9

Recently awarded Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the 2014 BAFTAs, Peter Greenaway, one of the most inventive, ambitious and controversial film-makers of our time, returns to the cinematic arena of The Draughtsman’s Contract in a film that brilliantly showcases his legendary trademarks for breath-taking visual framing and provocative subject-matters.

Winner of Best Film Out of Official Competition at the Rome Film Festival, Greenaway’s latest feature explores the life of celebrated 16th century Dutch painter, printer and engraver, Hendrik Goltzius, and is Greenaway's second biopic on Dutch Masters after Nightwatching, previously released by Axiom. True to form, Goltzius & the Pelican Company is destined to delight, disturb and divide audiences.

In the winter of 1590, Hendrik Goltzius (Ramsey Nasr, also an author and the Dutch Poet Laureate from Jan 2009 - Jan 2013), the celebrated Dutch printer, painter and engraver, persuades his patron, the liberal-minded Margrave of Alsace, played by F. Murray Abraham (Scarface, Amadeus, Homeland, The Grand Budapest Hotel), to pay for a printing press which will enable him to create an extraordinary deluxe edition of the Old Testament featuring frank illustrations of such erotic tales as the story of Lot and his daughters, the adultery of David and Bathsheba and the seduction of Joseph by Potiphar’s Wife. In order to make the deal more attractive to the Margrave and his court, Goltzius, along with the male and female members of his Pelican Printing Company, offers to stage live dramatisations of six biblical tales, each of which will demonstrate a different sexual taboo…


"Why Goltzius & The Pelican Company is the one film you should watch this week":
http://www.theguardian.com/film/video/2014/jul/10/goltzius-pelican-company-video-review
"if you’ve never seen a Peter Greenaway film this might just blow your mind."
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN


Peter Greenaway interviewed by Robert Elms and Jason Solomons
ROBERT ELMS SHOW, BBC LONDON
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p021qbkl


Peter Greenaway interviewed by Razia Iqbal
FRONT ROW, BBC RADIO 4
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048nqkk


"a wonderful blast of thinking showmanship from Peter Greenaway…
a racy, racing light-and-thunder show, culled from history,
whose images ripple like St Elmo’s fire…
Greenaway is a kind of inspirational meld of metteur en scène and metteur insane.
Madness, moving in on genius."
Nigel Andrews, FINANCIAL TIMES


"Sensational… giddying, provocative and titillating,
a film of huge intellectual ambition and a raucous kind of beauty,
rich with colours, fabrics and flesh."
Jason Solomons, MAIL ON SUNDAY

"playful, immaculately staged and outrageous"
Emma Simmonds, THE ARTS DESK
ENTERTAINMENT.IE

"Among Peter Greenaway's very best work"
Ryan Gilbey, NEW STATESMAN

"thoroughly illuminating"
Trevor Johnston, TIME OUT

"Outrageous and provocative, an ironic intellectual carnival."
MaryAnn Johanson, FLICKFILOSOPHER

"Greenaway at his most exciting… A perfect blend of sex, intrigue and art history"
Colin Dibben, CLOSE-UP FILMS

"a visual extravaganza"
Clive Botting, FILM REVIEWS AND NEWS

 

GOLTZIUS & THE PELICAN COMPANY

Cert: 18
Running Time: 128 minutes


IN CINEMAS FRIDAY 11th JULY

For listings and further information please visit:
http://www.axiomfilms.co.uk/films/cinema-provocateur/goltzius-and-the-pelican-company.html


An Axiom Films release

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