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Wild Strawberries

Ingmar Bergman
Smultronstället
Sweden 1957 / 91’
The Seventh Seal Persona

Ingmar Bergman's classic Wild Strawberries is its own sort of road movie. Approaching his 80th birthday, a widower named Isak Borg embarks on a journey to receive an honorary academic title. With his daughter-in-law along for company, he decides to pick up a group of young hitchhikers, and things start to get a bit crowded both in the car and on the screen. In parallel, Borg experiences a completely different, utterly solitary journey: in beautifully staged dreams and daydreams, he returns to years past, to individuals and situations that had a significant impact on shaping his personality. At the same time, he is also powerfully aware of the fact that most of his life is already behind him. In the role of Borg, we see Victor Sjöström, a cinema veteran appearing in his last film.

Piotr Mirski

awards

Berlin IFF 1958 – Golden Berlin Bear, FIPRESCI Prize; Venice FF 1958 – Pasinetti Award; Bodil Awards 1959 – Best European Film; Golden Globes 1960 – Best Foreign Film

Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman was one of the most important filmmakers in the history of artistic cinema. Born in 1918, he died in 2007 on the very same day that another legend passed away, Michelangelo Antonioni. He began his career in the film industry by correcting screenplays for others. He gained directorial experience as an assistant to Alf Sjöberg on Torment, for which he wrote the script. He made his directorial debut with Crisis. He gained international fame thanks to Smiles of a Summer Night, and then cemented his position with The SeventhSeal and Wild Strawberries, filmed shortly thereafter. The coming years and decades brought him even more success. He regularly worked with cinematographer Sven Nykvist and actors such as Harriet Andersson, Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow. He also worked in the theater.

Selected filmography

1946 Kryzys / Kris / Crisis

1953 Wakacje z Moniką / Sommaren med Monika / Summer with Monika

1955 Uśmiech nocy / Sommarnattens leende / Smiles of a Summer Night

1957 Siódma pieczęć / Det sjunde inseglet / The Seventh Seal

1957 Tam, gdzie rosną poziomki / Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries

1960 Źródło / Jungfrukällan / The Virgin Spring

1961 Jak w zwierciadle / Såsom i en spegel / Through a Glass Darkly

1966 Persona

1972 Szepty i krzyki / Viskningar och rop / Cries and Whispers

1973 Sceny z życia małżeńskiego / Scener ur ett äktenskap / Scenes from a Marriage (TV)

1977 Jajo węża / The Serpent's Egg

1978 Jesienna sonata / Höstsonaten / Autumn Sonata

1983 Fanny i Aleksander / Fanny och Alexander / Fanny and Alexander (TV)

2003 Sarabanda / Saraband (TV)

Cast & Crew

director Ingmar Bergman
screenplay Ingmar Bergman
cinematography Gunnar Fischer
editing Oscar Rosander
music Erik Nordgren, Göte Lovén
cast Victor Sjöström, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Jullan Kindahl
producer Allan Ekelund
production Svensk Filmindustri (SF)
sales Ambasada Szwecji
language Swedish, Latin
colouration b&w