The greenaway alphabet

The Netherlands, 2017, 68 min.


Saskia Boddeke


Wide House


Ruzbeh Babol, Sander Snoep, Saskia Boddeke



The fascinations of Peter Greenaway, whose motto is "art is life and life is art", are captured like butterflies and arranged in an alphabet. In intimate conversations with his 16-year-old daughter Zoë we discover the whos, whats and whys about the filmmaker. They begin with A, which stands for Amsterdam, but could also stand for autism because of his boundless creativity, unconstrained flow of words and passion for collecting. They also cover painful things: Greenaway hasn’t seen two other children of his for years. His wife Saskia Boddeke has made a deeply personal portrait of both the artist and the father in his battle against time. 

2017 IDFA (Netherlands) – World Premiere
2018 Istanbul IFF (Turkey)
Saskia Boddeke - 1

Saskia Boddeke

A Dutch multimedia artist and director. From 1986, after finishing her education as director in Amsterdam, worked at the Netherlands Opera on many opera productions with artists like Dario Fo, Peter Stein and Pierre Audi. She started as an assistant director and developed towards directing her own operas like ROSA, A HORSE DRAMA and the very successful WRITING TO VERMEER.