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Ingmar Bergman: A Retrospective

The year 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Ingmar Bergman: world-famous filmmaker, legendary theatre director and exceptional writer. The retrospective marks this occasion and will held in three parts. Part 1, which will be shown during February and March, is dedicated to Bergman’s early works; Part 2 (June-August) is dedicated to films from the 1950s-1960s, Part 3 (October-December) will showcase Bergman's late works.

Persona

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 84 minutes

An actress who withdraws and becomes mute is cared for by a nurse. Persona is considered Bergman’s best film: a work that  examines the enchanting powers of art and imagination.

Hour of the Wolf

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 89 minutes

Max Von Sydow is a painter in the process of losing his grip on reality while staying on a deserted beach with his wife (Liv Ullmann). Visually this film is one of the most impressive of Bergman’s work.

Shame

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 103 minutes

A married pair of concert violinists is morally challenged by a civil war that rages across their isolated island. Bergman presents a powerful, brilliantly acted drama, written by himself. 

The Touch

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 113 minutes

Bergman`s first English-language film tells the story of a woman leaving her doctor-husband in order to live with a whole different man. As usual, superb acting by the whole cast. 

En passion

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 101 minutes

A beautifully acted drama about a writer living alone on a barely populated island, and his relationship with a guilt-struck widow, an architect and his wife. The cinematography by Sven Nykvist is outstanding and breathtaking. 

Cries and Whispers

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 91 minutes

Agnes, riddled with cancer, is dying in the family mansion. Her two sisters return home to give her comfort. “Only the most extravagant superlatives could hope to convey the visual, aural and acting artistry of this film…” (Bloomsbury Foreign Film Guide). 

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2018-11-29 18:00:00 2018-11-29 19:25:00 Asia/Jerusalem High Tension <p>Opening remarks: Kannike Åhlund, Swedish Film Institute, President of the Bergman Center Foundation</p> Cinematheque Jerusalem Cinematheque
Opening remarks: Kannike Åhlund, Swedish Film Institute, President of the Bergman Center Foundation

High Tension

Dir.: Ingmar Berman
| 84 minutes

In 1950, the Swedish film industry was in crisis and sought to produce a spy thriller. The young Ingmar Bergman was chosen to direct the project, but he felt the film was not what he expected - his plot dealt with Soviet infiltration attempts against dissidents who had fled to Sweden. Since then the film has not been allowed for screenings, until today.

The Virgin Spring

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 87 minutes

An innocent young girl knows no evil. The heroine meets with three equally innocent shepherds. She is raped and killed. Her father sentences the three to death and when he looks for his daughter’s body he finds only a spring where the crime took place. 

The Face

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 100 minutes

Albert Emanuel is a traveling magician who goes up and down Sweden with a show which includes his wife disguised as a man. Upon his arrival in Stockholm, he is arrested by a local consul. The struggle between the two men unfolds in wonderfully theatrical style.

The Seventh Seal

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 90 minutes

Inspired by ever-present death, a knight returning from the crusades finds nothing but gloom and hopelessness until he comes across a band of traveling players living simple lives. The Seventh Seal is a defining film in Bergman’s career – an existential work that brings Bergman’s style to perfection. 

The Devil’s Eye

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 87 minutes

The Devil sends Don Juan from the depths of purgatory to seduce an innocent woman, but instead Don Juan falls in love with her. Bergman continued to engage here with the subjects that have always enchanted him: life, death, and sexual and romantic attraction. 

Through a Glass Darkly

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 91 minutes

On a remote island live a coldly detached novelist, his son repulsed by women, his daughter lapsing into insanity, and her anguished husband. Sven Nykvist’s camera is a character within itself that together with mise-en-scene and the light work exposes the characters emotional worlds.

All These Women

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 80 minutes

A music critic attempts to write a biography of a great cellist`s life. The master cellist is surrounded by a brood of women, including his wife and mistresses, each of whom the critic covets. Bergman’s first film in color is an amusing farce and stylized farce. 

Winter Light

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 80 minutes

Set against the backdrop of a small rural community he serves, a strict pastor begins to doubt his faith. The central drama in Bergman’s despairing trilogy is probably his most austere and solemn film on the silence of God. 

The Silence

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 95 minutes

Two sisters and the child of one have to make a stop during their travels through Europe. The child’s mother finds sexual adventure while the other steps closer and closer to mental and physical breakdown. A mysterious, emotionally charged, and scandalous work. 

The Brink of Life

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 84 minutes

Three women in a maternity ward: one miscarries and feels it’s a punishment for the dissolution of her marriage; the second is happily married and desperately wants a child but loses it; the youngest is unmarried who wishes to have an abortion. 

Wild Strawberries

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 88 minutes

An aging professor travels to receive an honorary degree for his life’s work. The journey presents encounters with family members, hitchhikers, and disturbing dreams. 

Thirst

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 88 minutes

A married couple on their way home on a train indulges in private memories. Partly autobiographical, Bergman’s bitter view of marriage is a work that explores loneliness, existential crisis, and the relations between men and women. 

Prison

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 78 minutes

A journalist writes a script about hell on earth and finds the ideal actress for the main role – a prostitute. Prison is the story of the love affair between the two. The film is one of Bergman’s most personal works, influenced by German expressionism.

Port of Call

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 99 minutes

Gertrud, a pure and naive girl, is caught between her past and the rigid puritanism of her mother. A bleak tale, from Bergman’s short “realist” period, Port of Call received critical acclaim and was named one of the best Swedish films of all time. 

Music in the Darkness

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 85 minutes

Bergman`s fourth film tells the story of a blind young man who marries a poor wife, and how they both struggle to win recognition from society. The sentimental plot enables Bergman to deal with what interest him the most to explore – loneliness.

It Rains on Our Love

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 95 minutes

David has recently been released from prison. Maggi who once wanted to become an actress, carries a child whose father is unknown. The two meet at the Central Station in Stockholm. Their struggle against the hostile world brings them gradually together.... 

A Ship to India

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 102 minutes

Captain Blom treats his hunchback son Johannes with cruelty and contempt. The enmity between them comes to a head when Blom brings Sally, a backstreet dancer, to the ship and Johannes falls for her.

To Joy

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 95 minutes

During rehearsals for a concert, a young violinist is called to the phone to hear that his wife has been killed in an accident. The central flashback in the film tells the story of their meeting, marriage, discord, and reunion.

Summer Interlude

Dir.: Ingmar Bergman
| 96 minutes

A prima ballerina looks back at the wonderful summer she spent several years before on a Swedish island with the boy she loved. One of the highlights of Bergman’s early period, Summer Interlude is a heartfelt and moving work