The Seasons in Quincy is the result of a five-year project by Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe and Christopher Roth to produce a portrait of the intellectual and storyteller John Berger.
It was produced by the Derek Jarman Lab, an audio-visual hub for graduate filmmaking based at Birkbeck, University of London, in collaboration with the composer Simon Fisher Turner. In 1973 Berger abandoned the metropolis to live in the tiny Alpine village of Quincy.
He realized that subsistence peasant farming, which had sustained humanity for millennia, was drawing to an historical close. He determined to spend the rest of his life bearing witness to this vanishing existence, not least by participating in it. Berger’s trilogy Into their Labours chronicles the peasant life of this Alpine village and its surrounding countryside. Our portrait places Berger in the rhythm of the seasons in Quincy.
Our portrait places Berger in the rhythm of the seasons in Quincy.
Documentary | Biography
Dirs. Bartek Dziadosz, Colin MacCabe, UK, 2016, 90 Mins
Cast: John Berger, Tilda Swinton