Fårö Document 1979

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Returning to Fårö after living in Germany for three years, Bergman undertook his second documentary tribute to the remote Swedish island he loved. Longer, more optimistic, and less ascetic than its predecessor, this film charts a calendar year in the life of the island’s 673 inhabitants, many of whom he observes working tirelessly shearing sheep, thatching roofs, and slaughtering livestock, as well as going about various communal rituals. Distilled from twenty- eight hours of material, FÅRÖ DOCUMENT1979 is a lyrical depiction of life’s cyclical nature.

Preceded by the short BERGMAN’S GHOSTS (2021, Gabe Klinger, 4 min), a meditation on Fårö featuring Mia Hansen-Løve and the island’s noted “Bergman Safari” tour, shot during the production of Bergman Island.

Screening in the series Fårö and Other Edens: Films by Ingmar Bergman and Mia Hansen-Løve

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  • Country Sweden
  • Language In Swedish with English subtitles
  • Year 1979
  • Running Time 104 minutes
  • Director Ingmar Bergman
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil