Drama | 123 mins | 2012

Goltzius and the Pelican Company tells the story of Hendrik Goltzius.

Festivals & Awards

Rome International Film Festival 2012
Winner Silver Mouse Best Film Out of Official Competition Rome IFF 2012

Cast & Credits

Director: Peter Greenaway
Cast: Ramsey Nasr, F. Murray Abraham, Vincent Riota, Alba Roohrwacher


Goltzius and the Pelican Company tells the story of Hendrik Goltzius, a late 16th century Dutch printer and engraver of erotic prints. A contemporary of Rembrandt and, indeed, more celebrated during his life, Goltzius seduces the Margrave of Alsace into paying for a printing press to make and publish illustrated books. In return, he promises him an extraordinary book of pictures illustrating the Old Testament’s biblical stories. Erotic tales of Lot and his daughters, David and Bathsheba, Samson and Delilah and John the Baptist and Salome. To tempt the Margrave further, Goltzius and his printing company will offer to perform dramatisations of these erotic stories for his court.

Press & Reviews

Goltzius & The Pelican Company: Rome Review - Variety
Goltzius and the Pelican Company: Rome Review - Hollywood Reporter
Peter Greenaway on Art, Cinema, Sex, and Religion - Hollywood Reporter
Peter Greenaway: 'I plan to kill myself when I'm 80' - The Guardian
Rome fest to screen 59 world prems - Variety
Rome Interview: Peter Greenaway On 'Goltzius And The Pelican Company,' Sergei Eisenstein, 3D & The Future Of Cinema - IndieWire
The Motel Life vince il Mouse d'Ora a Roma. A Peter Greenaway il Mouse d'Argento - Mouse d'oro