(Great Britain/Poland/Canada/Netherlands, 2007, 141 minutes)
In 1642, Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn is commissioned to paint the Amsterdam Militia, but finds there are shady dealings behind the commission. Absorbing but slightly overlong period mystery inspired by a real-life painting and characters, attaching a well-crafted story and plausible characters to its director's usual lavish, arty visuals, here considerably more muted.
Contentfilm International presents; with the participation of the Wales Creative IP Fund, the UK Film Council, the Polish Film Institute, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Rotterdam Film Fund; in association with No Equal Entertainment, Odeon Films, Yeti Films, Gremi Film Production; a Kees Kasander production, in co-production with Piotr Mularuk and Magdalena Kapionicz; with the participation of the Government of Canada Film & Video Tax Credit, BC Films, Film Finances. Starring Martin Freeman, Emily Holmes, Jodhi May, Eva Birthistle, Toby Jones; and Natalie Press. Directed and written by Peter Greenaway; produced by Kees Kasander; music by Wlodek Pawlik; director of photography (colour, widescreen; HD-to-35mm), Reinier van Brummelen; production designer, Maarten Piesma; costume designer, Jagna Janicka, Marrit van der Burgt; film editor, Karen Porter.