Since 1973, the revered British art critic and writer John Berger has been living in the Alpine Village of Quincy. In this unique documentary journey,
Berger’s close friends, including Colin MacCabe and Tilda Swinton collaborate on four very different film essays, interweaving ideas from the artist’s life’s work with the atmosphere of his mountain setting. Conceived as “exercises in thinking in film”, presented together in this feature film they offer up an appropriately innovative portrait of an intellectual giant.
UK/ Doc/ 2016/ 89 min
Director: Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz
Producer: Colin MacCabe & Lily Ford
Scriptwriter: Tilda Swinton, Christopher Roth, Ben Lerner
Director of photography: Bartek Dziadosz, Filipa César
Editor: Christopher Roth, Bartek Dziadosz
Music: Simon Fisher Turner
Cast: Tilda Swinton, John Berger
Tilda Swinton is a screenwriter, director, and award-winning actress born in London in 1960. For her role in 2007's Michael Clayton, she won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger is her co-directorial debut.
Colin MacCabe is a British writer, director, and Distinguished Professor of English and Film at the University of Pittsburgh, where he has taught for the past 30 years. Before The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, he produced the 2009 film Derek, with a screenplay by Tilda Swinton.
Bartek Dziadosz is a filmmaker from Poland. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the London Consortium with his research focusing on film editing as a cognitive and cultural practice. Before co-directing The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger, he directed the 2013 documentary The Trouble With Being Human These Days.
Christopher Roth is a Berlin-born and -based filmmaker and editor. He has worked on a wide range of commercials, television programs, and films. He also has taught film-editing workshops and seminars at institutions around the world. The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger is his second full-length film.