Nov 9-13, 2017

The Seasons in Quincy

DIRECTED BY TILDA SWINTON, COLIN MACCABE, BARTEK DZIADOSZ, CHRISTOPHER ROTH

Run Time: 90 mins USA Language: English

Synopsis

The Seasons in Quincy is the result of a five-year project by Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe and Christopher Roth to produce a portrait of the art critic and storyteller John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing, The Success and Failure of Picasso, G, and numerous other books. In 1973, Berger abandoned the metropolis to live in the tiny Alpine village of Quincy. He realized that subsistence peasant farming, which had sustained humanity for millennia, was drawing to an historical close. He determined to spend the rest of his life bearing witness to this vanishing existence, not least by participating in it.

The four essay films which comprise The Seasons in Quincy each take different aspects of Berger’s life in the Haute-Savoie, and combine ideas and motifs from Berger’s own work with the atmosphere of his mountain home. Each film was created as an individual work of art, but they combine to make a feature film.

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger is a beautiful yet uncommon approach to a subject—one that is happily out of step with the frenetic, info-tech lifestyles we’ve adopted. But more importantly, the film is a reflection on creation as a metaphor for human existence.

Ryan Steadman, observer.com

The Seasons in Quincy is the result of a five-year project by Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe and Christopher Roth to produce a portrait of the art critic and storyteller John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing, The Success and Failure of Picasso, G, and numerous other books. In 1973, Berger abandoned the metropolis to live in the tiny Alpine village of Quincy. He realized that subsistence peasant farming, which had sustained humanity for millennia, was drawing to an historical close. He determined to spend the rest of his life bearing witness to this vanishing existence, not least by participating in it.

The four essay films which comprise The Seasons in Quincy each take different aspects of Berger’s life in the Haute-Savoie, and combine ideas and motifs from Berger’s own work with the atmosphere of his mountain home. Each film was created as an individual work of art, but they combine to make a feature film.

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger is a beautiful yet uncommon approach to a subject—one that is happily out of step with the frenetic, info-tech lifestyles we’ve adopted. But more importantly, the film is a reflection on creation as a metaphor for human existence.

Ryan Steadman, observer.com

Film Details

UK, 2016
DIRECTED BY TILDA SWINTON, COLIN MACCABE, BARTEK DZIADOSZ, CHRISTOPHER ROTH
WRITTEN BY BEN LERNER, TILDA SWINTON
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY FILIPA CÉSAR, BARTEK DZIADOSZ, CHRISTOPHER ROTH
EDITED BY BARTEK DZIADOSZ, CHRISTOPHER ROTH
MUSIC BY SIMON FISHER-TURNER
CAST: JOHN BERGER, TILDA SWINTON
RUNNING TIME: 90 MINS

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