Irish Film Institute -PERSONA



85 minutes, Sweden, 1966, Subtitled, Black and White, 35mm

Frida Concannon, secretary and event manager for the Swedish chamber of commerce Ireland will introduce this screening.

Featuring here in recognition of the huge retrospective of Ingmar Bergman’s films mounted in 2001, Persona was one of the filmmaker’s own personal favourites which, in his words, “touched wordless secrets that only cinema can discover”.

Hailed by Susan Sontag as a masterpiece, the film contains one of the most celebrated and experimental of opening sequences, as well as compelling performances from protagonists Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann. As much about the cinematic form as the human psyche, Persona explores the notion of duality through a unique and revealing relationship between nurse and patient. (Notes by Alice Butler.)

This film is screening as part of 20/20: Landmark Films at the IFI which is part of IFI20: Celebrating 20 Years in Temple Bar.

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