Directed by Ingmar Bergman • 1963 • Sweden
Starring Gunnar Björnstrand, Ingrid Thulin, Max von Sydow
“God, why hast thou forsaken me?” With WINTER LIGHT, Ingmar Bergman explores the search for redemption in a meaningless existence. Small-town pastor Tomas Ericsson (Gunnar Björnstrand) performs his duties mechanically before a dwindling congregation, including his stubbornly devoted lover, Märta (Ingrid Thulin). When he is asked to assuage a troubled parishioner’s (Max von Sydow) debilitating fear of nuclear annihilation, Tomas is terrified to find that he can provide nothing but his own doubt. The beautifully photographed WINTER LIGHT is an unsettling look at the human craving for personal validation in a world seemingly abandoned by God.
The year is 1961 and Ingmar Bergman is making a movie. While planted on the scene as apprentice to Bergman, Vilgot Sjöman (director, I AM CURIOUS–YELLOW, 1967), and a crew from Swedish Television begin to capture what would become a comprehensive five-part documentary on the making of WINTER LIGHT.