Widgren, a boarding-school senior, is terrorized by his sadistic Latin teacher. When Widgren falls for a troubled local girl, Bertha, he finds himself caught up even further in a web of emotional mind games.
Alf Sjöberg’s tense school drama doubles as a critique of institutions and Nazi allegory. More significant may be its 24-year-old screenwriter & assistant director, Ingmar Bergman, who considers this his debut: his “first professionally filmed images.” Winner of the Palme d’Or, in an eleven-way tie!
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States