Goltzius and the Pelican Company

128 min minutes

Part Rabelaisian soft porn, part art history lesson, Peter Greenway's high- concept movie concerns the 16th-century misadventures of a theater troupe and its ballsy leader when they're commissioned to perform dramatizations of the Old Testament in front of the shit-crazy and super-horny Margrave of Alsace. Though it takes time for the narrative and conceptual angles to cohere, Goltzius is a visually stunning, thought-provoking film that fuses the raunchy and the erudite, centered on the intellectual cat-and-mouse of Abraham as the Dionysian Margrave and Ramsey Nasr as the Apollonian Goltzius. (MICHAEL SHILLING)

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Film Credits
Peter Greenaway
SIFF 2013