Volker Schlöndorff and Peter Greenaway in Mexico


This is my first post of 2014!

I want to begin with remembering the best of 2013!

One of the best things of 2013 was when two Distinguished European Film Directors,  Volker Schlöndorff and Peter Greenaway, visited Mexico City.

This is not the first time that both Peter Greenaway and Volker Schlöndorff visit Mexico, both Film Directors love Mexico and both of them have visited our country in various occasions, in different years.

And last year, in 2013, both Film Directors visited Mexico City at the same time, what an extraordnary Coincidence in the cultural life in Mexico!

Volker Schlöndorff is the prestigious German Film Director of excelent films like “The Tin Drum”, film version of the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass and winner of many international awards including the Academy Award of Best Foreign language film and the Palme d’or in Cannes.

Volker Schlöndorff also directed “The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum”, based on the novel of the same name by Heinrich Böll, “Swann in Love”, an adaptation of the first two volumes of Marcel Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” and “Coup de Grâce”, based on a novel by French author Marguerite Yourcenar.

Volker Schlöndorff is part of “the new German cinema”  of the 1960s and 1970s years, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog and  Wim Wenders.

In his last visit to Mexico City, Volker Schlöndorf was an honorary guest at the “Cátedra Ingmar Bergman” (“The Ingmar Bergman Chair”) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Peter Greenaway is a British Film Director and his films are noted for the distinct influence of Renaissance and Baroque painting, and Flemish painting in particular.

He started to get interested in films while watching films of Ingmar Bergman, Alain Resnais and Jean-Luc Godard.

His films are very interesting and they are considered as “Art films” such as “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover”, “Prospero’s Books”, “The Pillow Book”, “The Baby of Mâcon”, “Nightwatching” and “8½ Women”, just to name a few.

Peter Greenaway also made very interesting documentaries like “Rembrandt’s J’accuse”.

Peter Greenaway participated in the International Cervantino Festival  in Guanajuato in 2000 and the International Film Festival, also in Guanajuato in 2009 and he plans to make a film in Guanajuato, Mexico in a future.

Peter Greenaway said that his new proyect is inspired in the famous travel that Serguei Eisenstein made to Mexico in 1930, in which it emerged his famous film “Viva Mexico”!

Peter Greenaway is interesting in art and architecture and that’s the reason why he loves and admires the architecture and art in Mexico.

This was one of best news in the cultural and artistic life in Mexico, the visit of Peter Greenaway and Volker Schlöndorf in Mexico, sharing their artistic ideas with us, the Mexican people, that was an incredible experience!


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