Ingmar Bergman is probably the most important director to come out of Sweden, and arguably one of the most influential directors that there has ever been since the birth of cinema. Autumn Sonata brings together Sweden’s greatest director and Sweden’s greatest actress, Ingrid Bergman, in this powerful drama about the strained relationship between a mother and daughter.
Andrzej Klimowski is a Polish graphic designer and illustrator based in the UK, who works on many theatre, opera and film posters. His work is a combination of photo manipulation, collage, drawing, painting and printing. You can see more of his work here.
Lars von Trier is possibly one of the most controversial directors working at the moment. His films have been accused of being misogynistic, anti-American, and in 2011, he was thrown out of the Cannes Film Festival for calling himself a Nazi. Nevertheless, whether you like him or not, you can never accuse him or his films of being boring. Dogville is known for it’s distinct visual style. It’s filmed on a minimal stage-like set, with chalk lines to detail the outlines of buildings. It tells the story of a woman, played by Nicole Kidman, who takes refuge in Dogville. The people of Dogville agree to let her stay in return for some labour work, to which she gladly agrees. However, as she she stays there, the people of Dogville start to change, in ways she wouldn’t suspect.
Due to the recent weather conditions, I felt it would be appropriate to show some art that utilises snow and ice. Andy Goldsworthy produces site-situated sculptures that are produced in an environmental setting. He would often use natural materials such as twigs, sticks, petals, flowers, stones and in this case, snow. You can see more of his work here.
I must admit that Andrei Tarkovsky isn’t my favourite director in the world. I often find his themes and his style of storytelling quite hard to get my head around, but there is no denying that he has great invention and a wonderful vision and that I admire greatly. Stalker is my perhaps my favourite Tarkovsky film. It is eerily atmospheric, mysterious and terrifically compelling in a very unsettling way.
Jen Corace is an American illustrator that I admire greatly. Much of her work focuses on lone female figures, set against a simplistic background. There is also this link to nature and a fairy tale aesthetic in her work that I like, and I find her drawings beautiful to look at. You can find more of her work here.