Saturday, February 13, 2016


Osianama pays tribute to Ingmar Bergman, one of the greatest directors ever, with a major Retrospective. Auteur of over 60 films and 170 plays, Bergman, is best known for films such as The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), Persona (1966), Cries and Whispers (1972), Face to Face (1976), Autumn Sonata (1978) and Fanny and Alexander (1982). His cinema often dealt with death, illness, faith, betrayal, bleakness and insanity.
Bergman, one of the greatest film directors ever, has an unmatched body of cinematic & theatrical creativity, sensitive to most of the profound ideas concerning human existence, where the role of his women characters are bold, authentic and imbibed with a  strength which only a fully lived life can express.
“It is not only the sexual confidence, or emotional rawness of his feminine characters which created the unique cinematic experience, but his virtual full control over his art, with collaborations with master cinematographer Nykvist, eminent theatre actors such as Max von Sydow, Linn Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, among others which allowed a truly meaningful cinema to emerge. India has not seen such a comprehensive body of work by this master, for even after his death barely a few films were shown in a relatively small space. Osianama at Liberty are proud to showcase this cinematic genius who deeply grasped the human and feminine psyche in all its complicated starkness,” avers Neville Tuli, Chairman Osian’s Group and the creative force behind Osianama.
The current Womanhood festival at Osianama At Liberty, the HQ of world cinema, features The Silence, All These Women, The Virgin Spring, Summer Interlude and the Seventh Seal on Feb 14, Hour of The Wolf, Fanny And Alexander, Cries and Whispers, Through a Glass Darkly and Autumn Sonata on Feb 15, and   Persona, Scenes from A Marriage, Summer With Monica, Hour of The Wolf and Face to Face on Feb 16. (REFER TO ATTACHMENTS)
The Silence [1963; 95 mins, Blu-ray; V/UA]
Two sisters—the sickly, intellectual Ester (Ingrid Thulin) and the sensual, pragmatic Anna (Gunnel Lindblom)—travel by train with Anna’s young son Johan (Jorgen Lindstrom) to a foreign country seemingly on the brink of war. Attempting to cope with their alien surroundings, the sisters resort to their personal vices while vying for Johan’s affection, and in so doing sabotage any hope for a future together. Regarded as one of the most sexually provocative films of its day, Ingmar Bergman’s The Silence offers a brilliant, disturbing vision of emotional isolation in a suffocating spiritual void. {Criterion]
 All These Women [1964; 80 mins, MOV; PG- 15]
Cornelius, a pretentious music critic planning to write a biography on famous cello master Felix went to his place and starts residing his summer place. Being faild to see Felix in person , Cornelius talks with all women who live with him and use these stories to get what he wants.
 The Virgin Spring [1960; 86 mins, Blu-ray; A]
A girl in the bloom of innocent sensuality, the apple of her father (Max von Sydow)'s eye, is raped and murdered. A young boy who has watched his brothers perform the act suffers along with them the father's terrible revenge.[Judy Bloch , 2004]
At the time I'd thought it a good film, one hell of a fine film! I considered it one of my best films. I thought it was magnificent - Bergman
 Summer Interlude [1951; 96 mins, MOV; V/UA]
After receiving a diary young ballerina Marie, set off a journey to a remote island nearby Stockholm where she recalls her first love Henrik thirteen years ago and the tragedy happened for them.
 The Seventh Seal [1957; 96 mins, Blu-ray; A]
A knight returning from the Crusades finds a rude church still open in the midst of the Black Death, and goes to confession there. Speaking to a hooded figure half-seen through an iron grill, he pours out his heart: "My indifference has shut me out. I live in a world of ghosts, a prisoner of dreams. I want God to put out his hand, show his face, speak to me. I cry out to him in the dark but there is no one there.” The hooded figure turns, and is revealed as Death, who has been following the knight on his homeward journey. [Roger Ebert]
 Hour of Wolf & #18.4 [1968; 99 mins, Blu-ray; PG- 15]
In this psychological surreal horror drama, Johan a painter played by Max von Sydow is experiencing disturbing eccentric visuals while spending summer in a secluded island with his young pregnant wife Alma (Liv Ullmann). She found from her husband’s secret diary that Johan is not only haunted by the real or imaginary strangers, but also by images of his former lover, Veronica Vogler (Ingrid Thulin)
 Fanny and Alexander [1982; 188 mins, MOV; U]
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family, a sprawling bourgeois clan in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Sweden. Ingmar Bergman intended Fanny and Alexander as his swan song, and it is the legendary director’s warmest and most autobiographical film, a four-time Academy Award–winning triumph that combines his trademark melancholy and emotional intensity with immense joy and sensuality. [Criterion]
 Cries and Whispers [1972; 91 mins, Blu-ray; U]
Cries and Whispers depicts the final day of Agnes (Harriet Andersson), who lies in bed with cancer. Her most dear ones, her sisters, Maria (Liv Ullmann) and Karin (Ingrid Thulin), and a companion, Anna (Kari Sylwan) watch over her [Jan Holmberg]
 Through Glass Darkly [1961; 90 mins, Blu-ray; 18+]
In this drama, set on a remote island, a schizophrenic woman is discharged from a mental hospital and recovers during a family holiday with her husband, brother, and father. Her father, who happens to be a prominent psychologist, coldly observes her and takes notes of her behavior without her knowledge. (Rotten Tomatoes)
 Autumn Sonata [1978; 99 mins, Blu-ray; U]
World famous pianist Charlotte visits her daughter Eva in her home after neglecting her for years. There she founds her other mentally disabled daughter Helena, whom she put in a mental institution. Tension between Charlotte and her daughter Ewa is building up slowly…
 Persona [1966; 84 mins, Blu-ray; PG- 15]
Elizabeth (Liv Ullmann) stops speaking in the middle of Electra, and will not speak again. A psychiatrist thinks it might help if Elizabeth and Nurse Alma (Bibi Andersson) spend the summer at her isolated house. Held in the same box of space and time, the two women somehow merge. Elizabeth says nothing, and Alma talks and talks, confessing her plans and her fears, and eventually, in a great and daring monologue, confessing an erotic episode during which she was, for a time, completely happy. [Roger Ebert]
 Summer With Monika [1953; 97 mins, Blu-ray; 18+]
Harry steals a boat to spend the summer alone on an island with his lover, Monika. But when the couple returns home, their clashing personalities drive them apart.
 Face to Face  [1976; 178 mins, MOV; 18+]
Troubled by childhood memories a psychiatrist (Liv Ullmann) is driven to the verge of a mental breakdown.


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