Permanent Dreams

“Sometimes when I'm dreaming I think: 'I'll remember this, I'll make a film of it'—it's a sort of occupational disease.” - Ingmar Bergman

The relationship between films and dreams has long been explored throughout cinema history. Away from the everyday limitations of time and place, films - like dreams - give us the space to let our imaginations run wild, as seen in the early silent classics of George Méliès and Buster Keaton, to the weird and wonderful worlds of David Lynch and Studio Ghibli. This link with the imagination means that we are often inspired to read films like we read our dreams, using our memories and experiences to find meaning through symbols and themes to understand our lives from unfamiliar perspectives. Ingmar Bergman was a master of this; across his 60-year career he frequently lifted moments directly from his dreams, using these ready-formed scenes to craft worlds in which to explore the intricacies of life, death and everything in between.

Our season joins a year of worldwide celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Bergman’s birth, where we will be bringing a selection of films handpicked from the BFI’s mammoth retrospective to the Showroom. These include a mix of his most famous and universally-adored titles, alongside some that have rarely been seen in cinemas.

If you’re not sure where to begin with Bergman - fear not! Join us on Thursday 10th May at 6:30PM for an illustrated talk on Bergman’s films with Swedish Cinema expert, Peter Walsh.

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