Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1962, 80 min., b/w, Swedish w/ English subtitles
“God, why did you desert me?”
With Winter Light, Ingmar Bergman deftly explores the search for redemption in a meaningless existence. In this stark depiction of spiritual crisis, small-town pastor Tomas Ericsson (Gunnar Björnstrand) performs his duties mechanically before a dwindling congregation. When he is asked to assist with a troubled parishioner’s (Max von Sydow) debilitating fear of nuclear annihilation, Tomas is terrified to find that he can provide nothing but his own uncertainty. Beautifully photographed by Sven Nykvist, Winter Light is an unsettling look at the human craving for personal validation in a world seemingly abandoned by God.
Special thanks to Brian Belovarac and Janus Films