Focus – 100 Years of Ingmar Bergman.
27th March | 07:00 PM
Dir. Marie Nyreröd
Synopsis: Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) is one of the world’s most important and influential filmmakers. With such titles as Smiles of a Summer’s Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries and Fanny and Alexander, he won respect and admiration. In the film he is eighty-five years old, having spent more than sixty of those years directing. Now, for the first time, he shows us his world on the desolate and mysterious Baltic island of Fårö. Viewers get to step through the blue gate that bears the notice – in Swedish, of course – “Private Area. Beware of Dog”. No dog has lived there, though, since Liv Ullmann’s dachshund left the place over thirty years ago. But that text says that here lives a man who wants to be left alone. A man whose only company is the sea and his own demons.
The TV film Saraband, which was premiered in 2003, proved to be Bergman’s farewell production. “It’s over now”, he says. Together with filmmaker Marie Nyreröd, he looks back on his life and on his long career in films, the theatre and TV. This documentary includes numerous clips from Bergman’s best films and unique behind-the-scenes material from his private archives.
Four of his films have received Oscars. One of them is Through a Glass Darkly, although, to Bergman, that film is important for a completely different reason. He was looking for a barren, stony island, and someone suggested Fårö. That proved to be a turning point in his life.
Ingmar Bergman shot five more films on Fårö, among them Persona and Scenes from a Marriage. But more important, he found a place to rest and a home.
Entry Free: Passes available at Programmes desk on the venue and online at www.habitatinternationalfilmfestival.com