Focus – 100 Years of Ingmar Bergman.
Autumn Sonata (Höstsonaten)
29th March | 07:00 PM
Synopsis: Ingmar Bergman – The relationship between mother and daughter has hardly ever been treated in literature or cinema. I have become fascinated by the tension between them.” A female pianist devoted to her career pays a 36-hour visit to her daughter, a priest´s wife in northern Norway. As they talk, we are shown flashbacks from their lives.
….”The actual filming was draining. I did not have what one would call difficulties in my working relationship with Ingrid Bergman. Rather, it was a kind of language barrier, but in a profound sense. Starting on the first day when we all read the script together in the rehearsal studio, I discovered that she had rehearsed her entire part in front of the mirror, complete with intonations and self-conscious gestures. It was clear that she had a different approach to her profession than the rest of us. She was still living in the 1940s.
I believe that she possessed some sort of inspired system of working, albeit a strange one. In spite of her mechanisms for receiving director’s cues not being placed where one expected to find them – and where they ought to be – she still must have been somehow receptive to suggestions from two or three of the former directors. After all, she had done excellent work in several American films. In Hitchcock’s films, for instance, she is always magnificent. She detested the man. I believe that with her he never hesitated to be disrespectful and arrogant, which evidently was precisely the best method to make her listen.” from ’Images: My Life in Film’ by Ingmar Bergman.
Entry Free: Passes available at Programmes desk on the venue and online at www.habitatinternationalfilmfestival.com