4/13/2018 2:27:12 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
“Bergman never made another film this painful,” wrote the eminent film critic Roger Ebert in a review of Cries and Whispers. “We almost want to look away.” There can be no doubt about the power of Cries and Whispers, the opening film in this year’s Swedish Film Festival, a Bergman retrospective, being presented with the support of the Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish Institute to mark Bergman’s birth centenary.
Showing a woman dying of cancer who finds solace in the arms of her maid servant while her agony horrifies her two sisters who are estranged from each other, Cries and Whispers haunts you to the core. The terrible pain of the dying woman who screams and groans and the chilled-to-the-bone relations between her sisters are almost unbearable to watch. It’s like a long scream at night reminding you of the artist Edvard Munch’s masterpiece, The Scream.
Death and mortality are the unifying themes of Bergman’s films, says Marie Nyerod, a Swedish filmmaker who made Bergman Island, a feature-length documentary about Bergman which will be shown at the end of the Swedish Film Festival on April 15.
Nyerod visited Bergman at his home on the island of Faro in 2003, just four years before he died in 2007 at the age of 89. A reclusive figure, he could be cranky and difficult, she says, but she convinced him to open up in a series of interviews for her film which also anecdotes about his works and his personal life.
Bergman is possibly best known for his film, The Seventh Seal, made in 1957, where a mediaeval knight plays a game of chess with the hooded and robed figure of Death. It will be shown on April 15. But Nyerod says her favourite Bergman film is Wild Strawberries, also made in 1957. About an old physician coming to terms with his life and making peace with the inevitability of his death, Wild Strawberries is considered one of Bergman’s most moving films. It is being screened on April 13. All the films are being shown at The Projector in the Golden Mile Tower. For more details, visit the web page https://theprojector.sg/filmsandevents/