The Silence (Tystnaden)

  • Dir: Ingmar Bergman

  • Sweden, 1963, 95min, DCP

  • Cast: Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom, Birger Malmsten, Håkan Jahnberg

Silence befalls on two sisters in the final powerful chapter of Bergman’s trilogy on faith. In a dismal journey to a foreign country near war, alienation intensifies between the intellectual Ester and the sensual Anna, as her young son Johan grapples with identity, death and jealousy. Scandalous for its sexual provocation at the time, the film is equally exasperating in challenging a world deserted by God, leaving behind a woman on her deathbed alone, and a child on an emotional isolation with a doomed future.

2.9.2018 (SUN): Post-screening seminar with Lau Yam and Kiki Fung
Time: 4:05-5:00pm
Venue: Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema
Free Admission. Conducted in Cantonese.



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