Stalking Tarkovsky ACMI Presents

Shame

M Medium level violence, Adult themes, Nudity Scroll to content

With a civil war raging on, a married couple, played by Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow, have relocated to a farm on a remote European island to isolate themselves from the war, both physically and ideologically. As the war creeps closer, ultimately arriving on their doorstep, their relationship and dreams are stretched to breaking point and they risk isolating themselves from one another.

Ingmar Bergman's devastating 1968 film features superb cinematography by Sven Nykvist who would go on to collaborate with Andrei Tarkovsky on The Sacrifice almost two decades later using a lot of similar techniques employed in Shame.

In truth, the two filmmakers had a mutual admiration and when Tarkovsky’s 1986 film The Sacrifice was in pre-production he did try to have the film shot on Fårö, the same island where Bergman shot Shame, but the Swedish military reportedly did not grant access and the production was moved to the neighbouring island of Gotland.