dir. Ingmar Bergman, Sweden-France-Germany 1982, 188 mins, 35mm, Cert 15.
Sun 16 December // 14:00
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)
Fanny and Alexander is Ingmar Bergman’s stunning family saga spanning one year in the life of the large and well-to-do theatrical family, Ekdahl. Living in a Swedish provincial town at the turn of the century, we witness the delights and conflicts of the Ekdahl family through the eyes of ten-year-old Alexander, whose imagination fuels the magical goings-on leading up to and following the death of his father, who dies onstage during a performance of Hamlet. The children’s comfortable lives change dramatically when their mother remarries a puritanical bishop, and we will follow them and the rest of the family through grief and joy, light and dark.
Bergman intended Fanny and Alexander as his swan song, and it is the legendary director’s warmest and most autobiographical film, a four-time Academy Award–winning triumph that combines his trademark melancholy and emotional intensity with immense joy and sensuality. The film also triumphs through its’ cinematography, brought to life with the richness and peerless work in colour, by cinematographer Sven Nyquist.