NOW BOOKING: INGMAR BERGMAN SEASON at Deptford Cinema (17 FEB to 02 MAY)
We love how Deptford Cinema rolls the dice. One week we’re announcing a short season of films (& a personal appearance!) by legendary maverick Lloyd Kaufman – GREETINGS FROM TROMAVILLE (13 MAR to 19 APR) – and the next we’re running a season of arthouse classics up the same flagpole with INGMAR BERGMAN SEASON (17 FEB to 02 MAY).
This is why we feel community cinema is home to some of the most vibrant, compelling and surprising film programming in London. We also lean into the idea that a genuine film education – the discovery and appreciation of films that are new to us, if not the world – should always lurch between such violent extremes.
So strap yourself in and enjoy the adventure… Here’s a rundown of everything that’s showing.
THE SEVENTH SEAL d. Ingmar Bergman, 1957 (17 FEB 15:00 – main featured image).
A disillusioned Swedish knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow) and his squire (Gunnar Björnstrand) are home from the crusades. Black Death is sweeping their country. As they approach home, Death (Bengt Ekerot) appears to the knight and tells him it is his time. The knight challenges Death to a chess game for his life. The Knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused.
THE SILENCE d. Ingmar Bergman, 1963 (07 MAR 19:30).
Traveling through an unnamed European country on the brink of war, sickly, intellectual Ester (Ingrid Thulin), her sister Anna (Gunnel Lindblom) and Anna’s young son, Johan (Jorgen Lindstrom), check into a near-empty hotel. A basic inability to communicate among the three seems only to worsen during their stay. Anna provokes her sister by enjoying a dalliance with a local man, while the boy, left to himself, has a series of enigmatic encounters that heighten the growing air of isolation.
PERSONA d. Ingmar Bergman, 1966 (07 APR 15:00).
Famed stage stress Elisabeth Vogler (Liv Ullmann) suffers a moment of blankness during a performance and the next day lapses into total silence. Advised by her doctor to take time off to recover from what appears to be an emotional breakdown, Elisabeth goes to a beach house on the Baltic Sea with only Anna (Bibi Andersson), a nurse, as company. Over the next several weeks, as Anna struggles to reach her mute patient, the two women find themselves experiencing a strange emotional convergence.
THE VIRGIN SPRING d. Ingmar Bergman, 1960 (02 MAY 19:00).
Devout Christians Töre and Märeta (Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg) send their only daughter, the virginal Karin (Birgritta Pettersson), and their foster daughter, the unrepentant Ingeri (Gunnel Lindblom), to deliver candles to a distant church. On their way through the woods, the girls encounter a group of savage goat herders who brutally rape and murder Karin as Ingeri remains hidden. When the killers unwittingly seek refuge in the farmhouse of Töre and Märeta, Töre plots a fitting revenge.
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