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15 January 2018

Trespassing Bergman – on the director’s 100th birthday

This year marks the 100th birthday of Ingmar Bergman. Every month throughout the year, the Silesian Film Archive will invite viewers to participate in events related to the director’s life and work. The programme will include i.a. a retrospective of films by Bergman which set the direction of cinema, screenings of documentaries, exhibitions, discussions, meetings with researchers and enthusiasts of the director’s body of work. We start towards the end of January!

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) was a titan of the world’s cinema. He left behind a legacy encompassing 48 films (largely based on his own screenplays), more than 130 theatrical plays, 10 television plays, 27 radio dramas, several operas, 12 scripts written for other directors, 19 dramas and 2 books about his own life and work. On his artistic path, he radically changed directions, experimented, searched, constantly evading the various terms and categories created specifically for him.

While he claimed that his main domain was theatre, he became a master of cinema. The strength of Bergman’s films laid in a shared autobiographical foundation. It was born of an internal need, from events, experiences, fascinations, most hidden desires and fears. He used to say: “My films are never born of reflection. The reason is always emotional.” For Bergman, cinema had a therapeutic power, it was a „project of the soul” designed to protect from madness: “One task [of a film or theatrical play] is to make people laugh and be happy and forget themselves. But another is to show them what is unbearable and terrifying in a way that they can bear it and learn from it.” His most recognized works include: Smiles of a Summer Night, Persona, The Seventh Seal, The Silence, Wild Strawberries, The Serpent’s Egg, The Virgin Spring and his final film, Fanny and Alexander. But it was his first film, Summer Interlude, that Jean-Luc Godard named as one of five or six films he personally considered as “the most beautiful of all films.”

January 29, 7.30 pm, Trespassing Bergman, dir. Jane Magnusson, Hynek Pallas, Sweden 2013 r, 107 min.

The screening will be follow a meeting with Tadeusz Miczka, PhD

Bergman’s life and body of work are discussed in the film by notable directors and actors, including: Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Ridley Scott, Michael Haneke, Ang Lee, Martin Scorsese, Lars von Trier, Takeshi Kitano, Wes Anderson, Tomas Alfredson, Zhang Yimou, Harriet Andersson, John Landis, Isabella Rossellini and Robert De Niro. Most of the film was shot in Bergman’s legendary estate at Hammars on Fårö, about which Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu said: “If cinema was a religion, this would be Mecca, the Vatican.” While for some Bergman’s estate became a magical and fascinating place, others are somewhat afraid of this long, tight building located near the same beach Persona and Hour of the Wolf were filmed on.

The thorough selection of the film’s cast is accompanied by a cleverness with which archival materials were used. Photographs are the movie’s indubitable advantage: on the one hand, they are records of the process behind the director’s most important works, on the other, they provide additional flair to the words and statements of its interviewees and help organize the film chronologically.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Kosmos Cinema ticket office or at filmowa.net.

The screening of “Trespassing Bergman” will take place in association with the Swedish Embassy in Poland, the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Film Institute.

 

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