The characters of Bani Khoshnoudi’s film are broken and lost, each in their own way; they are marked by a restlessness and instability that is reflected in the Mexican port city of Veracruz, where Fireflies is set. Veracruz was once a place of luxury and vibrant culture but is now a place of decay and oxidized, crumbling buildings. Much like the Casablanca of that famous Michael Curtiz 1942 film noir, Veracruz is a depicted as a place of passage and transit, mirroring the internal struggles of its inhabitants as well as the current globalized situation of exile.
Released in 2015, Eisenstein in Guanajuato follows the story of a talented filmmaker who travels to Mexico to create his privately funded motion picture. The comedy-drama was written and directed by Peter Greenaway. It is an international co-production between different companies (including from Finland, France and the Netherlands) and it stars Elmer Bäck, Lisa Owen and Stelio Savante.