21 April 2017
Biografilm Festival - International Celebration of Lives (Bologna, 9 – 19 June 2017) is proud to announce among its guests the acclaimed British director Peter Greenaway, who will be at the centre of one of the festival’s retrospectives.
Born in Wales in 1942 and trained in London, Greenaway is a director, screenwriter, painter and novelist. He has shown his work in some of the most prestigious museums of the world, including the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, Barcelona’s Miro Gallery, the Paris Louvre, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and the Pinoteca di Brera in Milan, and can boast of collaborations with the likes of John Cage, Philip Glass, Goran Bregovic and Giovanni Sollima.
His first feature film The Draughtsman’s Contract, completed in 1982, brought him to the attention of film critics around the world, showcasing his talent and making him one of the most original and important filmmakers of our time. His reputation was established through his later works, most of all The Belly of an Architect (1987), Drowning by Numbers (1988) and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), and marked through being nominated for and winning the top awards at the world’s most important film festivals, in addition to being presented with BAFTA’s Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award in 2014.
In honour of his presence at Biografilm, Peter Greenaway will receive the Celebration of Lives Award, the accolade that the festival dedicates to the great narrators of our time who made a profound contribution to contemporary history, previously presented to, among others: Marina Abramovic, Judith Malina, Charlie Kaufman, Clint Eastwood, Ed Lachman, Michel Gondry, Frederick Wiseman, Michael Madsen, Ulay and Christo.