The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan)

  • Dir: Ingmar Bergman

  • Sweden, 1960, 89min, DCP

  • Cast: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson

Inspired by a medieval Scandinavian folk ballad, Bergman transcends a brutal morality tale into an existential examination of religious faith. The violent rape and murder of an innocent girl in a doomed journey to the church, along with the subsequent brutal vengeance on the evil herdsmen by her father, lead to a contemplation of God’s cruel whims. Bergman won his first Oscar for this compelling and emotionally draining film shot in austere simplicity, taking us to a tranquil and haunting ending, where redemption may eventually be found.

1961 Academy Awards, Best Foreign Language Film

10.6.2018 (SUN): Post-screening seminar with Long Tin and Geoffrey Wong
Free Admission. Conducted in Cantonese



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