Movie Club: Winter Light

SIFF Movie Club: Winter Light

Sweden | 1963 | 81 min. | Ingmar Bergman

December 6, 2023

SIFF Movie Club

“God, why did you desert me?” With Winter Light, master craftsman Ingmar Bergman explores the search for redemption in a meaningless existence. 

Introduced by SIFF Development & Membership Manager Carson Rennekamp. Join us for Movie Club trivia and a plethora of prizes. Screening will be followed by a film discussion at Queen Anne Beerhall.

Tickets: $10 ($5 SIFF members)

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.

  • Director: Ingmar Bergman
  • Principal Cast: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnel Lindblom
  • Country: Sweden
  • Year: 1963
  • Running Time: 81 min.
  • Producer: Allan Ekelund
  • Screenplay: Ingmar Bergman
  • Cinematographers: Sven Nykvist
  • Editors: Ulla Ryghe
  • Language: Swedish