First-Look Images from THE DEVIL’S HARVEST Starring Terence Stamp, Max Irons, and Barry Pepper, and Peter Greenaway’s EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO

     February 4, 2014


Check out some first-look images from the following films:

  • The Devil’s Harvest – Director George Mendeluk’s epic romance set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine stars Terence Stamp, Max Irons, Barry Pepper and Samantha Barks.
  • Eisenstein in Guanajuato – Writer-director Peter Greenaway’s tale of Soviet Russian director Sergei Eisenstein’s experiences in Guanajuato, Mexico stars Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Stelio Savante, and Lisa Owen.

Hit the jump to check out the images and for more on each picture.

First up are the new first-look images from Greenaway’s Eisenstein in Guanajuato:

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Directed by Greenaway (‘The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover’, ‘The Draughtsman’s Contract’, ‘The Pillow Book’), the Eisenstein cast includes Finnish actor Elmer Back in the title role, Mexican actor Luis Alberti in the role of his guide (Palomino Cañedo), South African actor Stelio Savante as Hunter S Kimbrough and Lisa Owen as Mary Craig Sinclair.

The film follows Eisenstein’s ten days spent in Guanajuato, Mexico, in 1931. His sensual experiences in Guanajuato greatly influenced his life and his films.

Greenaway said: “At a time when cinema is dying, it is pertinent to celebrate cinema’s greatest practitioner. The business of cinema never seems to change. Many of the problems Eisenstein had in 1931, have reappeared all over again. Difficulties of financing, problems of logistics, cultures and language barriers. Such as Eisenstein rose to these problems, so do we.”

“Eisenstein in Guanajuato” is an international co-production between Submarine and Fu Works (The Netherlands), and Paloma Negra Films (Mexico), Edith Film (Finland) and Potemkino (Belgium). Broadcasting networks VPRO (the Netherlands), ZDF (Germany), Arte (France) and YLE (Finland) are supporting the film. The pic is produced by Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting for Submarine (“Meet the Fokkens,” “Rembrandt’s J’Accuse”), and San Fu Maltha for Fu Works (“Blackbook,” “Winter in Wartime,”). The film will be shot entirely in Guanajuato, Mexico.

The film is expected to be released in cinemas in September 2014.  All photo credits are  Karin S. De Boer ©2014

And here’s the first look at The Devil’s Harvest:

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Los Angeles/London, February 4, 2014: Principal photography wrapped on THE DEVIL’S HARVEST, the sweeping epic romance from producer / writer / director George Mendeluk in Kiev on January 30th.

Shot on location in Ukraine and London, THE DEVIL’S HARVEST is an action-packed, dramatic tale of love and the importance of family, set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine. Yuri (Max Irons) is an artistic soul born into a family of Cossack warriors, who struggles to win the approval of his grandfather Ivan (Terence Stamp), father Yaroslav (Barry Pepper) and the heart of Natalka (Samantha Barks.) Yuri finds his life changed forever with the invasion of the Red Army and the subsequent persecution of his family and fellow countrymen as Stalin’s regime of terror extends across Eastern Europe.

THE DEVIL’S HARVEST features an ensemble cast which includes Max Irons (The White Queen, The Host, Red Riding Hood), Samantha Barks (Les Misérables), Golden Globe® nominee Barry Pepper (The Lone Ranger, Broken City, True Grit, Saving Private Ryan) and Academy Award® nominee Terence Stamp (The Adjustment Bureau, Valkyrie). Adding to the stellar British cast, are Tamer Hassan (Dracula), Aneurin Barnard (The White Queen) and Tom Austen (Ironclad).

In addition to directing, George Mendeluk co-wrote the screenplay alongside Richard Bachynsky Hoover, from Hoover’s original story. Mendeluk produces with Jaye Gazeley and Chad Barager. Camilla Storey co-produces. Ian Ihnatowycz is the executive producer, while Richard Bachynsky executive produced in Ukraine.  Douglas Milsome (Robin Hood: Prince of ThievesThe Shining) is the cinematographer and Daniel Hubbard (Captain Phillips, The Bourne Ultimatum) handled the casting.

Mendeluk commented “I grew up with my mother describing how she and her family survived the terror of the Holodymor – the engineered famine/ genocide wrought by Stalin in Ukraine — where 7 million perished at a time when the world looked the other way.  As you see in today’s media, his long shadow stills affects Ukraine today, but our story is essentially one of love triumphing over all that life throws at it”.

Ian Ihnatowycz, who privately financed the film added “We wanted to show a side of the period between the World Wars that has really been ignored, where the Ukrainian population was decimated by the Bolsheviks, and George rightfully wanted to use the experience of one disparate family as the core story.  We also decided on filming on authentic locations in Kiev, despite the attentions of factions who even today want this period of history suppressed.  I am relieved that the photography is now completed”.

Mendeluk began his career in the film industry as a writer, first stepping in to the field in 1972. He has since amassed an array of film and television credits, directing a number of industry greats which include Oscar® winner Christopher Plummer, Terence Howard and Patrick Dempsey as well as Golden Globe® winner William Shatner and Oscar® nominees Hal Holbrook and Ava Gardner in The Kidnapping of the President and Academy Award ® nominee Anne Archer and Elysium’s Michael Shanks in Judicial Indiscretion.

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