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The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

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


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)

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Distributor subjects

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


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