SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN
First show: November 30
“Essential viewing for cinephiles”
Co-sponsored by Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
Many considered him the most important filmmaker of all time. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta examines the life and work of Ingmar Bergman. Starting at ground zero, by visiting the very beach in Sweden where Bergman staged the immortal chess match between Max von Sydow’s knight and Death in THE SEVENTH SEAL (1957), the documentary retraces themes (faith, guilt & dark nights of the soul) that recurred in both life and art. A treasure trove of insight, telling details and great stories by a circle of his closest collaborators, (Liv Ullmann, Bergman’s producer Katinka Farago: ”If he stares at you, stare back. If he spits at you, spit back.”), family members and the new generation of filmmakers (Ruben Ö̈stlund, Olivier Assayas), eloquent testimony is proffered as to the modernity of Bergman’s oeuvre, his groundbreaking desire to focus on liberated, multifaceted female characters, and his enthusiasm for experimentation. Though interspersed with an astonishing amount of archival clips featuring him rehearsing, filming or speaking, nearly half the feature is composed of Bergman’s own footage, making von Trotta’s documentary an indispensable gift to the cineaste.
Directed by: Margarethe von Trotta, Felix Moeller & Bettina Böhler. Written by: Margarethe von Trotta and Felix Moeller. With Liv Ullmann, Daniel Bergman, Ingmar Bergman Jr., Olivier Assayas, Ruben Ostlund, Stig Bjorkman, Mia Hansen-Love, Katinka Farago, Carlos Saura, Jean-Claude Carriere, Gaby Dohm, Rita Russek, Gunnel Lindblom & Julia Dufvenius. In English, German, Swedish, and French with English subtitles. DCP. 99 mins.
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