Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  90 minutes
Date:  2016
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
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The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

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The artist, intellectual and storyteller John Berger is the subject of four essay films by Tilda Swinton and the Derek Jarman Lab.

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

Prolific artist, philosopher, writer, storyteller and 'radical humanist' John Berger is the focus of this vivid four-part cinematic portrait. In 1973, he moved from urban London to the tiny Alpine village of Quincy. THE SEASONS IN QUINCY: FOUR PORTRAITS OF JOHN BERGER examines different aspects of Berger's life in this remote village in the Alps. In four seasonal chapters, the film combines ideas and motifs from his work with the texture and history of his mountain home.

Tilda Swinton, a longtime friend and collaborator, joins Berger for a frank and revealing conversation.

Berger's seminal writing on animals is illuminated by local farming practice and set alongside other philosophical approaches to animal consciousness. Directed by Christopher Roth.

Berger is joined by writers Ben Lerner and Akshi Singh along with Colin MacCabe and Christopher Roth for a lively political discussion of our present moment and its relationship to the past.

Berger's son and Swinton's children join their parents for a visually rich journey to Quincy from the Scottish highlands, seeing the countryside anew.

United by their central vision and an original score by by Simon Fisher Turner, the four short works that comprise THE SEASONS IN QUINCY beautifully combine to make a feature film.

'An impressively high-minded documentary about writer John Berger ... As a collection, THE SEASONS OF QUINCY is an absolutely inspired way of approaching its subject.' - The Guardian

'Intimate and revealing: a portrait of its subject in which we get closer to him as a personality than a more conventional film could ever take us.' - The Independent

'A beautiful yet uncommon approach to a subject-one that is happily out of step with the frenetic, info-tech lifestyles we've adopted. But more importantly, the film is a reflection on creation as a metaphor for human existence.' - The Observer

'One of the most moving moments of the [Berlinale Film] Festival.' - Cinemag


** World Premiere, 2016 Berlin International Film Festival
** 2016 Istanbul Independent Film Festival
** 2016 Seattle Film Festival
** 2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest
** 2016 Biografia Film Festival
** 2016 Jerusalem Film Festival
** 2016 Art Film Festival
** 2016 Maine Film Festival
** 2016 Melbourne Film Festival
** 2016 EDF Documentary Film Festival
** 2016 Athens Film Festival
** 2016 Message to Man Film Festival
** 2016 Viennale


Main credits

Berger, John (on-screen participant)
Swinton, Tilda (film director)
Swinton, Tilda (on-screen participant)
MacCabe, Colin (film director)
Roth, Christopher (film director)
Dziadosz, Bartek (film director)

Distributor credits

With Tilda Swinton
Directed by Bartek Dziadosz, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth and Tilda Swinton
A Derek Jarman Lab Production

Docuseek2 subjects

Art and Architecture
Film and Video Studies
Cultural Anthropology
Cultural and Ethnic Studies
Communication and Media Studies
Philosophy, Critical Thinking and Ethics

Distributor subjects

Cinema Studies
Closed Captioned
Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Studies
Media Studies
Western Europe


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