From 11.10. To 22.11.2007.
Bergman’s Cries and Whispers
Three wives are waiting for their husbands’ returns from a weekend house. They spend their time talking about their marriages. Rakel’s husband cannot sexually please her so she turns to her ex-lover Kaj, but her husband discovers them. Marta remembers her love affair and marriage with an artist from Paris whose parents did not approve of their relationship. Karin became close to husband again after they got stuck in an elevator.
A group of former, present, and future lovers gathers at the estate of the
actress Desiree Armfeld's mother. The group consists of Frederik Egerman –
Desiree's former lover, Anne –Frederik's 20-year old wife, still a virgin,
Henrik – Frederik's son, theology student slightly younger than his fathers
wife, count Malcolm – Desiree's present lover, and Charlotte – Malcolm's wife.
In the course of a summer night Anne gets involved with Henrik, Frederik renews
his romance with Desiree, an...
The setting is 14th century Sweden. Antonius Block, sobered up and
disappointed knight returns after the Crusades. He meets Death who came to
collect his life. He challenges it to a game of chess – if he loses Death takes
him; if he wins, he will be spared. During the game he questions Death about
Professor Isak Borg travels by car from Stockholm to Lund where he is about to receive a life time achievement award. His daughter Marianne keeps him company. Soon Borg’s personal existential crisis flares up, stirred by his memories and dreams in which he confronts his past disappointments, missed opportunities, and problematic relationships with his siblings – son Evald and Borg’s mother.
With this film, Victor Sjöström, one of the giants of Swedish cinema, directo...
Two older men brutally rape and murder the fifteen-year-old Brigitta while she’s on her way to church. By coincidence they seek refuge in Brigitta’s father’s house. After finding out who the two men are, he takes his revenge but soon experiences a crisis of faith, wondering what kind of a God would allow all these murders.
In 1961, this film won an Oscar and a Golden Globe in the category of Best Foreign Film.
The innocence and purity of the priest’s young daughter Britt-Marie is a thorn in the devil’s eye. So he decides to send Don Juan, his servant Pablo and his best devil from hell to Earth. Their mission is to seduce Britt-Marie and take her virginity. But the plan goes wrong when Don Juan starts to fall in love with Britt-Marie...
The story of two sisters, Anna and Ester, who sojourn in a hotel in a town in
the north of Europe. Anna’s ten-year-old son is with them too. Ester is a
frustrated lesbian with no future, while Anna enjoys total sexual freedom. Soon
it becomes obvious that what binds the sisters is an unusual and burdensome
feeling of love and hate… Silence in the title indicates the sisters’
inability to communicate with one another, as with the inhabitants of the town
whose language they do not spea...
Depicting the inability of an individual to escape the horrors of war, this film tells the story of the married Rosenberg couple. They are apolitical musicians who upon the outbreak of a civil war move to a remote island. There they continue playing their instruments and manage to survive thanks to the sale of wild berries and their neighbors’ help. After a plane full of soldiers crashes on the island, they are finally forced to face the war and its consequences.
Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple who are also in the midst of psychological turmoil. He likewise meets Anna, who is grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. She appears zealous in her faith and steadfast in her search for truth, but gradually her delusions surface. Andreas and Anna pursue a love affair, but he is unable to overcome his feelings of deep humiliation and remains disconnected. Meanw...
Agnes is dying of cancer. Her sisters Karin and Maria arrive to be at her
side. However, Agnes’s devoted maid is the only one who remains strong until the
end, despite her social inferiority. Karen and Maria, troubled by guilt,
loneliness and jealousy do not have the power to offer their sister help or
compassion on her deathbed…
Originally, this was a very popular TV series in Sweden with six episodes. We follow the destruction of a marriage and a love affair between two people. Johan and Marianne are successful in business, they have children and are seemingly are very happy. However, Johan soon tells Marianne that he is having a love affair with a younger woman and announces the end of their marriage.
This is the film version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, sung in Swedish. The evil Queen of the Night meets Prince Tamino and tells him a lie, namely that the evil magician Sarastro stole his daughter Pamina. In fact, Sarastro is the girl’s real father, a kind and wise ruler of his country, but Tamino does not know the truth. So Tamino takes his magic flute and sets off on a mission to save the girl…
Originally a four-part TV series, Face to Face was shortened and made into a movie. Liv Ullmann plays psychiatrist Jenny Isaksson, who suffers from inexplicable depression. She is constantly having visions of an older woman and in her attempt to escape from her psychic problems strikes up a love affair even though she is married. But, soon she has panic attacks...
This is Bergman’s second film in English. The story takes place in Berlin in the early 1920s. After a long period of depression Manuela’s husband commits suicide. So Manuela and her husband’s brother, Abel Rosenberg, vegetate in the post-war Berlin. By coincidence, they learn about inhumane experiments in professor Vergerus’ clinic.
Eva, at first glance a satisfied wife of a village pastor in Norway, invites
her mother Charlotte, an internationally renowned pianist, to come for a visit.
She hopes to make peace with her after years of disagreement. But confronted
with her mother, she bursts with rage she has kept locked in since childhood and
accuses the mother of leaving her while she was still a child, performing at
concerts and depriving her of maternal love...
The story of two children – a ten-year-old boy, Alexander, and his younger
sister – descendants of a wealthy artistic family Ekhdal situated in provincial
Sweden at the beginning of the 20th century. After a sudden death of their
father, their mother decides to remarry. Fanny and Alexander have to move into
the home of their rigid and heartless stepfather, Vergerus…