Peter Greenaway, British film director

“Politics have to be evolutionary and not revolutionary”

British director Peter Greenaway’s films have been greatly celebrated over the years, with four of them nominated for a Palme d'Or in Cannes. His films, such as The Pillow Book, are celebrated for their visual artistry, which can be linked to his strong connection to art, especially painting. His career spans over 50 years and is not close to ending. 

At the Brussels Film Festival, where he was president of the jury this year, Euromed Audiovisual spoke to Greenaway about politics, his career, and his latest controversial claim that, “Cinema is dead.”

“I believe politics have to be evolutionary and not revolutionary,” he said, when asked about his view on the Arab revolutions. “Because if you look at all revolutions, they’ve all failed. All revolutions fail. Because we’re a very slow moving animal. We’re very cautious. We all move by evolution.”

And what of cinema being dead? 

“It’s very difficult to find people who consistently have a cinematic identity and continue to make very invigorating films – I am probably saying something very unpopular […] but I think that’s the status quo and it’s indicative that cinema is dead!”

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