Still rustling feathers at the age of 72, Peter Greenaway's status as one of the most controversial filmmakers of his generation is beyond reproach. Greenaway's latest biopic, Eisenstein in Guadajuato, explores the Soviet pioneer's transformative years in Mexico and alleged homosexual awakening with a ribald irreverence that has not only upset some critics, but also the Russian State Film Board. Speaking at the Berlin film festival last month, the British director was unapologetic for his portrayal, reminding those assembled that "Putin has encouraged this homophobia."

If it's a veracious introduction to Eisenstein you're after, then this isn't the entry point for you, but what the film lacks in accuracy, it makes up in madcap exuberance. Greenaway venerates Eisenstein ("the greatest film practitioner we've ever seen"), but here is more concerned with shining a light on some of the absurdities of the age and its parallels to the current day, than he is with the idea of any enduring personal tribute. Sex and death - the two key themes - will never go out of fashion.

Finnish actor Elmer Back gives a strong debut in the lead role; his vision of Eisenstein recalling a kind of polychromatic Henry Spencer.