Synopsis

John Berger was one of the most revered writers and broadcasters of the 20th century. The author of many groundbreaking works, including ‘Ways of Seeing’, ‘A Seventh Man’ and ‘Pig Earth’, he has touched the lives of millions, across multiple generations, with his fascinating worldview. The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger is the result of a five-year project by Tilda Swinton and Colin MacCabe to produce a portrait of this fascinating figure and celebrate his ideas, his art and the man himself. The four essay films combine different aspects of Berger’s life in the Haute-Savoie with ideas and motifs from his work amid the reflective atmosphere of his mountain home. Each film was created as an individual work of art but viewed together form a beautifully paced and meditative feature-length documentary that demonstrates how film can move beyond text and art to offer a multifaceted and multilayered portrait of an extraordinary human being.

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Director

Colin MacCabe
Christopher Roth
Bartek Dziadosz
Tilda Swinton

Details

Production year: 2016 DVD catalogue number: ART828DVD

Awards

Official selection - 2016 Berlin Film Festival




Out now on DVD & on demand

GENRE: Documentary, Biography

CERTIFICATE: 12A

DIRECTOR: Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz, Tilda Swinton

DURATION: 93 Mins

COUNTRIES: UK

LANGUAGES: English

AWARDS:
Official selection - 2016 Berlin Film Festival

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Reviews


  • “A film that celebrates the exchange of ideas”

    Wendy Ide, The Observer


  • “Disarmingly intimate... an affectionate portrait of the man, his ideas and his life in Quincy”

    Sarah Kent, The Arts Desk


  • “Boundary-pushing yet accessible, artful yet plain-spoken, just as Berger was”

    Michelle Devereaux, The Skinny


  • “An essential document of an exemplary intellect”

    Glenn Kenny, The New York Times


  • “A beautiful cinematic anthology, a testament to Berger’s uniquely artistic and thought-provoking legacy”

    Anna Dack, The Upcoming


  • “An infectious portrait of independent thought and living”

    Dave Calhoun, Time Out

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