Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) 1957 PG

12.30PM Sat 20 Jul 2019 (1hr 31mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

Wild Strawberries will screen from an archival 35mm film print.

In one of the great one-two punches in cinema history, Ingmar Bergman would book-end 1957 with first the release of The Seventh Seal and then later an equal masterwork, Wild Strawberries. Victor Sjöström, director of Bergman's major cinematic inspiration The Phantom Carriage 1921, stars in the lead role of Professor Isak Borg, an elderly physician set to receive an honour from his alma mater. The car journey he makes to travel to the ceremony triggers a series of dreams and introspective reminiscences that cause him to contemplate his life and re-evaluate his own character. 

Sjöström's final screen performance – imposing yet tender, cruel but vulnerable – powers the film. It is a bittersweet portrait of aging, regret, and acceptance. Wild Strawberries confirmed Bergman could not only act as a high-minded firebrand but that he held an exceptional understanding of the complexities of the human spirit.

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 91 MINUTES, SWEDEN, SWEDISH/LATIN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: INGMAR BERGMAN / PRODUCER: ALLAN EKELUND / CINEMATOGRAPHER: GUNNAR FISCHER / EDITOR: OSCAR ROSANDER / ART DIRECTOR: GITTAN GUSTAFSSON / MUSIC: ERIK NORDGREN / COSTUME DESIGNER: MILLIE STRÖM / CAST: VICTOR SJÖSTRÖM, BIBI ANDERSSON, INGRID THULIN, GUNNAR BJÖRNSTRAND / PRINT SOURCE: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE, CANBERRA / RIGHTS: SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE