2018 marks the centennial of one of the most influential artists in film history. Lightbox Film Center will join in a global celebration (#Bergman100) on September 6 through 21, with Autumn Sonata: An Ingmar Bergman Centennial Retrospective, a three-week program exploring 10 titles from the legendary filmmaker’s extraordinary body of work.
“Bergman has long been an important figure within our film program,” says Jesse Pires, Lightbox chief curator. “For many of our longtime members his films, like those of Fellini and Godard, were a gateway to European arthouse cinema. The stories are timeless and the films are meticulously crafted. It’s exciting to devote almost an entire month to this work with screenings and special guests.”
In addition to the screenings, the Centennial will include special events. The program kicks off on September 4 at 6pm. with Deep Dive, a new program by Lightbox. An ongoing series of public conversations focusing on a wide range of topics and themes related to films screened at Lightbox, Deep Dive will present informal discussions with artists, scholars and film enthusiasts, bringing the film going experience into a discursive setting and extending what’s on screen to what’s on your mind. This session will be led by Dr. Jan Holmberg, CEO of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation in Stockholm, and will offer participants a thorough crash course on Bergman’s life, work and legacy. A reception will follow at 7pm in the East Alcove Gallery, where guests can also view the opening of the newest art exhibit in collaboration with the Da Vinci Art Alliance titled Truth & Image. Lightbox will also host a series opening party on Friday, August 7th, after the screening of the iconic film The Seventh Seal. The full schedule of events is included below. Lightbox has also created a video trailer to commemorate the series.
Ingmar Bergman emerged from Sweden in the late 1940s as a singular artist, infusing his films with a mix of existential questioning and complex interpersonal relationships. He would later redefine cinema as he became one of the first “arthouse” filmmakers, thanks in large part due to the success of films like Summer with Monika and Smiles of a Summer Night with their frank depictions of sexual themes.
Unless otherwise noted, individual tickets range from $8 for students and seniors, $10 general admission, and are free to Lightbox members. Tickets can be purchased by visiting each screening’s event page. Memberships are available by visiting lightboxfilmcenter.org/become-a-member. Images and screeners are available on request.