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Avondmaalsgasten, De
Archived: Avondmaalsgasten, De - NattvardsgÄsterna (winter Light)

director: Ingmar Bergman

Film Fest Gent - Avondmaalsgasten, De

Widower Tomas Ericsson is the pastor of a small rural church who suffers from an existential crisis. Despite being a “spreader of the word of God”, he doubts the existence of a higher power. These doubts prevent him from comforting his parishioners properly. In an unfruitful attempt to help a fisherman in doubt, Tomas can only talk about his own troubled relationship with God. When school teacher Märta declares her love to him, Tomas rejects this love with harsh and bitter words. The bitter shepherd seems to abandon his flock, meanwhile searching for a road that will lead him back to love and faith. The character of Tomas was inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s own father, who was also a pastor. At the age of eight, Bergman lost his faith. With “Winter Light” he was able to come to terms with this fact and to express his doubts. Together with “Through a Glass Darkly” and “The Silence”, the film is part of Bergman’s so-called “Trilogy of Faith”.


director: Ingmar Bergman

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INGMAR BERGMAN (1918-2007): Secrets of Women (1952), Monika (1953), Sawdust and Tinsel (1953), A Lesson in Love (1954), Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), The Virgin Spring (1960), Through a Glass Darkly (1

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