This December, The Frida Cinema presents four film classics by acclaimed director, writer, and producer Ingmar Bergman: Wild Strawberries (December 2, 3 & 4), Persona (December 5 & 6), The Seventh Seal (December 10 & 11), and Fanny and Alexander: The Complete Version (December 12, 13 & 16).
We begin our retrospective with Bergman’s profound, personal, and surprisingly warm and humorous 1957 masterpiece, Wild Strawberries. Traveling to accept an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg—masterfully played by veteran director Victor Sjöström—is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and make peace with the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries dramatizes one man’s remarkable voyage of self-discovery.
Noted as one of the films that catapulted Bergman to international acclaim, Wild Strawberries is a a richly humane masterpiece full of iconic imagery, and one of the greatest installments in Bergman’s wide filmography of psychodramas. A true treasure from the golden age of art-house cinema.
1957. Directed by Ingmar Bergman. 97 minutes. Not Rated. Presented in Swedish, with English subtitles.
Sunday, December 2nd – 11:30am, 1:30pm
Monday, December 3rd – 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm, 10pm
Tuesday, December 4th – 2pm, 4pm
“One of Bergman’s warmest, and therefore finest films.” — Geoff Andrew, Time Out
“Bergman understands one of the most bittersweet characteristics of nostalgia: it juxtaposes our memories, in which everyone is young and healthy, and the inevitable reality of physical decline that followed.” — Pablo Villaça, Cinema em Cema
“…an intensely cinematic psychological portrait of a man reckoning with the how and why of who he’s become.” — Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm