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September 23–29, 2016

Chicago Premiere

The Seasons in Quincy:
Four Portraits of John Berger

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Film still: The Seasons in Quincy
Critics' Pick "An essential document of an exemplary intellect, one who has as much to impart to the 21st century as he did to the 20th"
  —New York Times
"The curiosity of viewers unfamiliar with his work should be piqued"
  —Hollywood Reporter
" A reverential love letter to a mentor and father figure... an absolutely inspired way of approaching its subject"
  —The Guardian

John Berger calls himself "a storyteller," and his longtime friend Tilda Swinton calls him "a radical humanist." The famously straight-talking English intellectual is, in fact, a polymath: a painter, art critic/historian (The Success and Failure of Picasso), Booker Prize-winning novelist (G), BBC television host (Ways of Seeing), screenwriter (La Salamadre), essayist (A Seventh Man), poet, Marxist, philosopher, and self-styled peasant.

These four ruminative essays, produced by London's Derek Jarman Lab and directed by four different filmmakers, are set in the French Alps, the Alpine village of Quincy, where Berger has lived for decades. As Tilda Swinton peels apples and Berger draws her portrait, they consider the effect of their fathers' war experiences on their childhoods. The film portrait is punctuated with excerpts from Berger's television appearances, but it is this casual talk which combines ideas and motifs from his work that allows us to be guests in his home and on intimate terms with his challenging perspective.

Directed by Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth and Bartek Dziadosz, UK/U.S.A., 2015, 90 mins.


  • Fri., Sept. 23 at 7:45 pm
  • Sat.–Sun., Sept. 24–25 at 5:45 & 7:45 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Sept. 26–29 at 7:45 pm
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