Iconic British filmmaker visits Prague to promote film
Peter Greenaway, the noted British director behind such films as A Zed and Two Noughts and The Draughtsman’s Contract visited the Czech Republic this week to promote the Czech release of his film Nightwatching.
“Well, first of all, I have to come clean. I know practically zero about contemporary Czech cinema. You do not travel very well. The chances of seeing a Czech film in Amsterdam where I now live are very, very remote. Your cinema history in this country has been very profound – but we are talking thirty, forty years ago now.”
“I don’t know what honesty is – do you? We are highly subjective people. I’ve just come out of making a huge project called ‘The Tulse Luper Suitcases’ which is in some curious way about this proposition. And I would argue that there is no such thing as history, only historians.”
“I am absolutely convinced that the history of this country must be an absolute palimpsest of this activity. How you are obliged to keep re-writing your history books, so every decade your history books become different. And maybe that is particularly relevant to your 20th century history here – and I think that it is also profoundly true that we are really not interested in history, we are interested in mythology. And certainly in this country, mythology has become very large in how you see yourselves.”
Nightwatching goes on general release in the Czech Republic on Monday.