Persona is the ethereal story of a nurse, Alma, who is tasked with looking after Elisabet, an actress who suddenly stops speaking. The two retreat to a remote cottage by the sea, where Alma begins to develop a distrust of Elisabet. As the acquaintanceship between the two women grows, so does the mystery of the whole situation, with truth and reality losing focus.
'We eagerly selected Persona for screening not only due to it being a large source of inspiration for David Lynch, director of Mulholland Drive, which is being shown alongside it, but also due to how important it is in the history of abstract cinema. The appreciation of the film popularised elements of surrealism that were visible from many films that were made after its release and are still clearly present in films made today. The importance of highlighting one of the sources of this was paramount for this festival' - Kino Collective
'One of the screen's supreme works and perhaps Ingmar Bergman's finest film' - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune.