When he receives a cryptic call from his filmmaker friend to come to Lisbon to help with a project, a sound engineer sets off for the Portuguese capital. Upon arrival, the confused sound man finds...From visionary writer/director Peter Greenaway comes a thrilling period drama. Told with irony and wit, NIGHTWATCHING explores the romantic and professional life of Rembrandt, the greatest artist of his generation. and the mystery surrounding his most famous work of art, ‘The Night Watch’.
Featuring a stellar cast led by Martin Freeman, (‘The Office’ ‘Love Actually’) and starring Eva Birthistle, (‘The Children’ ‘Breakfast on Pluto’) Jodhi May, (‘Emma’ ‘Defiance’) Toby Jones, (‘Frost/Nixon’ ‘Infamous’) and Natalie Press, (‘My Summer of Love’ ‘Bleak House’) NIGHTWATCHING marks a return to form for Greenaway and encapsulates the very best in historic theatrical drama told in lavish detail.
The year 1642 marks a dramatic turning point in the life of famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt: a sudden fall from grace as a wealthy respected celebrity into a broken and discredited pauper.
When Rembrandt reluctantly agrees to paint the Amsterdam Musketeer Militia in a group portrait that will later come to be known as ‘The Night Watch’ he soon discovers that there is a foul conspiracy afoot amongst the Amsterdam merchants playing at soldiers, an insidious plot surrounding a thirst for power and wealth, undertaken with the bloodiest of means. Determined to expose the conspirators, Rembrandt builds his accusation meticulously in the form of the commissioned painting.
Unveiling to the world what will become his most celebrated work, Rembrandt has also unleashed exacting revenge from the conspirators in question, sealing his fate in history and imminent downfall.