The New York Film Festival might be over for another year, but that doesn’t mean denizens of the Big Apple can’t still get a taste of unique festival faves. Livening up the next week is the 27th annual NewFest, touted as “New York’s LGBT Film Festival.” Presented by HBO and Los Angeles’Outfest, from October 22-27 NewFestpresents a diverse lineup of nearly 100 narratives, documentaries and shorts about theLGBT experience.
Opening night belongs to Eisenstein in Guanajuato, from writer/director PeterGreenaway. If you expect the latest from the director of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover and The Pillow Book to be one long draught of weird, congratulations! You’re either psychic or familiar with Peter Greenaway’s work. Set in the 1930s, the film follows Soviet director Sergei Einstein (Elmer Bäck), the genius behind Battleship Potemkin, as he spends several months in Mexico. Much of the time he was supposed to be using to craft his next great cinematic epic was instead spent exploring his sexuality and getting to know (ahem) his dashing tour guide (Luis Alberti). A sprawling movie packed with tangents and metaphors, Eisenstein is anchored by a virtuoso performance from Bäck, who stomps around the frame in all his frizzy-haired, occasionally nude glory. It’s impossible not to pay attention whenever he’s onscreen, which is thankfully most of the time. Eisenstein comes out courtesy of Strand Releasing in January 2016… no pun intended. OK, maybe it’s a little intended.