Peter Greenaway (1942)
One of the most extravagant British film directors, born 5.04.1942 in Wales, Great Britain. Studied painting, worked as film redactor and editor at the Central Office of Information (1965-1976). At the age of 23, he started making his own films, the third of which received a wider attention - Train (1966). In 1983, his interest in music began, and PG made several documentaries about        
famous American composers - John Cage, Phil Glass, a.o.
Film The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (1989) initially had a shocking effect on the public of Cannes IFF, but then became a cult (Catalonian IFF award for the Best Director). In 1991, PG made Prospero's Books ­- an interpretation of The Tempest by William Shakespeare, it was followed by The Baby of Macon (1993) and Pillow Book (1996, award at Seattle IFF). In the 21st century, PG has started a trilogy The Tulse Luper Suitcases: The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story (2003), The TLS, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish (2003), The TLS, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea (2004). At the age of 60, PG announced the death of cinema, and started working in video-art. In 2006, PG set out a project of animating paintings, with the first one to be Rembrandt's Nightwatch (2007, awarded at the Venice FF). PG work has received nominations of significant festivals, and have received 17 awards, his films have been screened at Arsenāls FF in 1990, 1992, 1994. In 2005, Peter Greenaway took the floor with lectures Cinema is Dead! and Long Live Cinema!