The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz & Tilda Swinton | UK | 2016 | 89 min

Premiere screening on 14 November at Rialto Amsterdam. In selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas in December.

Since 1973, the revered British art critic, writer and artist John Berger (1926 - 2017) has been living in the Alpine Village of Quincy. When realised that subsistence peasant farming, which had sustained humanity for millennia, was drawing to an historical close, he chose to spend the rest of his life bearing witness to this vanishing existence, not least by participating in it.

THE SEASONS IN QUINCY is the result of a five-year project by Tilda Swinton and Colin MacCabe. In this unique documentary journey, four of Berger’s close friends collaborate on four very different film essays on the Booker Prize winner author of the landmark book and BBC television series “Ways of Seeing”. The four parts focus on different aspects of Berger’s life, intertwining ideas and motifs from his own work with the atmosphere of his mountain home, to compose a thought-provoking portrait of a multifaceted intellectual giant, one of the last true Renaissance men.

Trailer

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Directed by Colin MacCabe (Ways of Listening, Derek), Christopher Roth (Baader, Mozartbique), Bartek Dziadosz (The Trouble with Being Human These Days) and Tilda Swinton.

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“An essential document of an exemplary intellect, one who has as much to impart to the 21st century as he did to the 20th.” – NY Times

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