The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

United Kingdom | 2016 | 89 minutes | Colin MacCabe, Tilda Swinton, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz

This anthology of short films, including one directed by Oscar®-winning actress Tilda Swinton, examines the life and work of British painter and art critic John Berger, who abandoned his metropolitan artistic life to become a farmer.

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The leftist sympathies and sociological interests of British painter and art critic John Berger, now 89, were so fervent that in the mid-'70s he relocated to France's Haute-Savoie region to embark on a second career as a farmer. Prior to this, his 1972 TV series/book "Ways of Seeing" explored the intersection of art and politics, especially gender politics, by examining the visual depiction of culture in works from Old Master oils to modern advertising photography. Now Berger is himself the subject, in a tetralogy of shorts—a format referring to both "Ways of Seeing"'s four-part structure and to the changing seasons, experienced in depth as only one working the land can. Tilda Swinton, Bartek Dziadosz, Christopher Roth, and Colin MacCabe are the four collaborating directors. "Ways of Listening" presents an intimate kitchen chat between Berger and Swinton. In "Spring,"  Berger's writings about animals lead to a contemplation of life cycles and death. "A Song for Politics" gathers young left-wing scholars for a discussion, intercut with found footage of agricultural work and traditional labor songs. "Harvest" includes Swinton's and Berger's children for ruminations on generational change and the slow passing of pastoral traditions. All this is set against lavishly shot Alpine scenery, the beauty of which makes Berger's devotion to this quiet and fading way of life all the more bittersweet.

Director Biography
Tilda Swinton is a screenwriter, director, and award-winning actress born in London in 1960. For her role in 2007's Michael Clayton, she won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award® and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger is her co-directorial debut.

Bartek Dziadosz is a filmmaker from Poland. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the London Consortium with his research focusing on film editing as a cognitive and cultural practice. Before co-directing The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, he directed the 2013 documentary The Trouble With Being Human These Days.

Christopher Roth is a Berlin-born and -based filmmaker and editor. He has worked on a wide range of commercials, television programs, and films. He also has taught film-editing workshops and seminars at institutions around the world. The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger is his second full-length film. 

Colin MacCabe is a British writer, director, and Distinguished Professor of English and Film at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has taught for the past 30 years. Before The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, he produced the 2009 film Derek, with a screenplay by Tilda Swinton.

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  • Director: Colin MacCabe, Tilda Swinton, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Producer: Lily Ford, Colin MacCabe
  • Screenplay: Tilda Swinton, Christopher Roth, Ben Lerner
  • Cinematographers: Bartek Dziadosz, Filipa César
  • Editors: Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz
  • Music: Simon Fisher Turner
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: MACCABE: Debut Feature Film; ROTH: Baader (2002); SWINTON: Debut Feature Film; DZIADOSZ: The Trouble with Being Human These Days (2013)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
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