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On Wednesday, 27 July through August, the filming of  Goltzius and the Pelican Company by British art film director Peter Greenaway began in Zagreb. The creative part of the crew includes around 60 Croatian members with filmmaker Zoran Sudar  as the best Croatian co-production first assistant director with international reputation.

“The story takes place in 1590, at the time when Dutch painter Hendrik Goltzius negotiated in a castle on the Rhine with the rich Alsatian nobleman Margrave to ensure him the funds for a print press. Goltzius wished to print eroticised versions of illustrated Old Testament tales. The nobleman’s castle, enthralled with Goltzius’ seductive tales, drenched in the motifs of incest, adultery, and rape, slowly sinks in the trap of aroused lust, and consequentially in a conflict with religious circles.

The role of Goltzius is played by Dutch actor and poet (the current Dutch Poet Laureate 2009-2012) Ramsey Nasr, and the film also stars American actor F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus, All the President’s Men, Scarface), French actress Kate Moran, Italian actor Pipo Delbono, and Croatian actors and actresses Nada Abrus, Katja Zubčić, Goran Grgić, Enes Vejzović, Duško Valentić, Milan Pleština, Tvrtko Jurić, Vedran Živolić, Samir Vujčić and Goran Bogdan.”  The creative part of the crew includes around 60 Croatian members with filmmaker Zoran Sudar (The Last Will ) as the best Croatian co-production first assistant director with international reputation ( Anton Chekhov’s The Duel, White Lightnin’, The Hunting Party, The Peacemaker.

“Peter Greenaway is the author of one of the most exciting film works of today. Film devotees remember him by the extraordinary classic The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover from 1989. Since then he has acquired the cult status thanks to his films  The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982), The Belly of an Architect (1987), and Drowning by Numbers (1988). His digital analysis of the painting The Wedding at Cana by the mannerist painter Paolo Veronese was screened at the Venice Biennale in 2009.  A New York Times critic called it one of “the best art history classes of all times””.



German Oscar-nominated directors Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog unveiled features that push the limits of 3D cinema, which until now had been a money-spinning vehicle for mass-market movies like “Avatar” and “Toy Story 3.”

Art-house cinema broke into the next dimension at the Berlin film festival (10th-20th February) Sunday with hotly awaited 3D premieres from European veterans seeking to reclaim the format from Hollywood blockbusters. Wenders’s “Pina,” which showcases the work of the late German choreographer Pina Bausch, had been years in the planning. The picture takes the choreography from the rehearsal stage to the city’s roughly beautiful industrial spaces. Intercut are interviews with the performers, who were still mourning Bausch’s loss, adding a deep emotional undercurrent to the film.

Herzog’s documentary “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” shines a light on what are believed to be the world’s oldest cave paintings, in southern France (the Chauvet Pont d’Arc cave in the Ardeche valley). A specially built hand-held camera captured the paintings in relief, revealing how the ancient artists used the grotto’s own contours to add nuance to their work.

The Berlin film festival runs until February 20.