SFSFF 2018 Award

Greta Garbo in her first starring role, in Mauritz Stiller's Gösta Berlings saga

Every year SFSFF recognizes a person or institution committed to the preservation and exhibition of silent films. We are thrilled to announce that the 2018 San Francisco Silent Film Festival Award will go to Jon Wengström and the Swedish Film Institute. SFI has long been a leader in the preservation and restoration of classic cinema and has made Swedish film heritage accessible to the world. The late 1910s and early 1920s are often referred to as the Golden Age of Swedish silent cinema, and through the years SFSFF has benefitted by SFI's fine collection. Silent-era masterpieces like Sjöström's The Outlaw and His Wife, Dreyer's The Parson's Widow, and Stiller's The Blizzard have dazzled San Francisco audiences in gorgeous prints from the Swedish Film Institute, and this year's treasure will be SFI's beautiful new photochemical restoration of The Saga of Gösta Berling—featuring Greta Garbo in her first starring role! The Matti Bye Ensemble will accompany the film and SFI's Jon Wengström, curator of archival film collections, will accept the award on stage. Tickets on sale ►

Jon Wengström will give an illustrated lecture at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley on May 30 at 3:00 pm, presenting 35mm film fragments, commercials, and newsreels that depict Garbo at various points throughout her career. Stephen Horne will accompany on piano. For more information and tickets to GARBO RARITIES at PFA, click here ►