The Seventh Seal
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Max von Sydow, Bengt Ekerot, Gunnar Björnstrand
Duration: 96 mins
"★★★★★ – Guaranteed to thunder on the big screen" – Total Film
"★★★★★ – Not only highly impressive but thought-provoking, relevant and intensely moving in our present, nervous, times" – Time Out
★★★★★ – Guardian
★★★★★ – BBC Culture
★★★★★ – Evening Standard
A disillusioned knight returns from the crusades to find his country ravaged by the plague. When he encounters Death, the knight challenges him to a game of chess in return for his life.
Often heralded as one of the best films ever made, Ingmar Bergman's masterpiece is the final film in our Checkmate season.
In Swedish with English subtitles
This year the British Chess Championships are being held at De Montfort University with events running Thu 20 – Sun 30 Jul. To mark the tournament's visit to Leicester we present Checkmate, a mini-season of chess related films.
There'll be drop-in chess games running at Phoenix before this screening.