The Magic Flute

Sweden 1975, 135 mins
Director: Ingmar Bergman

Originally produced for television, Ingmar Bergman’s rendering of Mozart’s beloved opera is a cinematic spectacle. The film blurs the boundaries of theatre, between audience and stage, as Tamino ventures with his fantastical instrument to rescue Pamina and vanquish the Queen of the Night. Join us after the screening to reflect on the nature of performativity, escapism, and neurodivergence.

The screening and discussion are hosted by film critic and writer Lillian Crawford.

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Production Company: Sveriges Radio TV2
Producer: Måns Reuterswärd
Screenplay: Ingmar Bergman

Josef Köstlinger (Tamino)
Irma Urrila (Pamina)
Håkan Hagegård (Papageno)
Elisabeth Eriksson (Papagena)
Birgit Nordin (Queen of the Night)

Sweden 1975
135 mins

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BFI Southbank has been awarded the National Autistic Society’s Autism Friendly Award.

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Relaxed Screenings

Screenings for neurodivergent audiences, with their companions and assistants.

• Customers can select their seats when they arrive in the auditorium.

• Please leave space between yourself and other groups and retain your selected seats for the duration of the performance if possible.

• We support you wearing a face covering if you choose to do so.

• You are welcome to take refreshments into the auditorium but no hot food please.

• Doors will open 30 minutes before the screening.

• No trailers will be shown.

• The programme will be introduced.

• Our house lights will remain on a low level throughout the screening, and the volume will be turned slightly down.

• You will be able to leave the auditorium and return during the screening.

• There will be a quiet space to use if you need to leave the auditorium.

• We understand you may make some noise.

• Please ask us if you need help.