Telluride Film Fest: “Wild Strawberries,” Library, 3/6

Telluride Film Festival’s Cinematheque is collaboration between the Telluride Film Festival and the Wilkinson Public Library. The new series, Road Trip, begins with Ingmar Bergman’s “Wild Strawberries,” (1957, 91 minutes). Program at the Library takes place Monday, March 6, 6 p.m. Scroll down to watch the trailer.

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Spring is just around the corner and restless winter spirits begin to seek the allure of adventure and the open road. After a long hibernation, it is once again time to be set free. The next collaborative Cinematheque film series from the Wilkinson Public Library and the Telluride Film Festival features films that reveal how a trip behind the wheel has the uncanny ability to lead one toward the center of some greater understanding, perhaps toward an unexpected destination, perhaps back to the truth of who we are and where we began.

The series begins Monday, February 6, with WILD STRAWBERRIES (1957, 91 minutes), directed by Ingmar Bergman. Widely considered to be one of Bergman’s most moving films and according to the BBC “one of the truly outstanding works of post-war European cinema. Ingmar Bergman’s allegorical road-movie slips between present and past, dream and reality, to explore the external and internal worlds of its ageing central character.”  

Professor Borg (Victor Sjöström) is a 78-year-old widower who embarks on a trip to receive an honorary degree and along the way, comes face-to-face with several unexpected ghosts from his past.

“What makes the film great is its nearness to each of us,” wrote the Guardian. 

And although we are the professor’s guests on his trip, we are along for the ride on what is really an intimate meditation on love and loss from a man nearing the end of his life journey.

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