Presented in associations with the Swedish Film Institute and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation.
Tickets will be available in April.
THE PASSION OF ANNA
1969, Janus Films, 101 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman
The fifth drama that Bergman shot on his beloved Fårö describes a mood of fear and spiritual guilt. Not long after the dissolution of his marriage, and a fleeting liaison with a neighbor (Bibi Andersson), the reclusive Andreas (Max von Sydow) begins an ultimately disastrous affair with the mysterious, beguiling Anna (Liv Ullmann), who has recently lost her own husband and son. The film, which incorporates documentary-style interviews with the actors, blurs the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, dream and reality, identity and anonymity.
1949, Janus Films, 84 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman
Made right after the dissolution of Bergman’s own second marriage, this is an often dazzling tirade against the institution of matrimony. The principal couple, Bertil (Birger Malmsten) and Ruth (Eva Henning), travel home by train to Sweden from Switzerland, at each other’s throats the whole way. Meanwhile, in Stockholm, Bertil’s former lover, Viola (Birgit Tengroth, who also wrote the stories on which the film is based), tries to evade the predatory advances of her psychiatrist, and then of a ballet dancer who was once a friend of Ruth’s. This dark and multilayered drama, sustained by biting dialogue, reveals Bergman’s profound understanding of the female psyche.
Both films in Swedish with English subtitles. | Screening formats: 35mm (THE PASSION OF ANNA), DCP (THIRST)