The Greenaway Alphabet

Directed by: Saskia Boddeke
Netherlands | 70 minutes
uk-premiere
Screenings
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 2
Sat 29th Sep 17:30
Q&A with Saskia Boddeke (Writer/Director)

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 3
Sun 30th Sep 15:15

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THE GREENAWAY ALPHABET is a portrait of filmmaker Peter Greenaway; sensitively, intimately, and alphabetically explored by his wife Saskia Boddeke. We begin with Saskia delicately probing and exploring her relationship to him, but it is through conversations with their incredibly perceptive daughter, Pip, that true revelation begins. A is for Amsterdam, says Peter. For Autism, says Pip. We roam through the alphabet of his everyday, his passions, his strongly held opinions, until we reach a brimming encyclopaedia of Greenaway images and words. Constructed with soft touch and humour, Saskia Boddeke achieves a remarkable portrait of her husband and daughter; sixty years difference between their two ages. The tone of the film is playful, but never avoids the painful. The artist discusses his death, his children, his legacy with a plainness that sometimes shocks his family. The biography is not his construct. They interrupt him mid-flow, and scold him from behind the camera. Truth should never stand in the way of a good story, Peter assures us. But we find an intimacy through these family interviews that offers a rare insight into the iconic filmmaker. After its debut in IDFA 2017, THE GREENAWAY ALPHABET now has its UK premiere at Raindance. Harry Løvstrøm
Runtime
70
Cast
Peter Greenaway
Country
Netherlands
Director(s)
Saskia Boddeke
Writer(s)
Saskia Boddeke
Producer(s)
Julia Emmering
Executive Producer(s)
Oscar Van der Kroon
Screening Status
UK Premiere