FIVE-WEEK, 47-FILM FESTIVAL COMMEMORATING THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF LEGENDARY DIRECTOR INGMAR BERGMAN’S BIRTH
COMPREHENSIVE RETROSPECTIVE, PART OF GLOBAL TRIBUTE, INCLUDES 40 NEW RESTORATIONS
Presented in association with Janus Films, Swedish Film Institute and Ingmar Bergman Foundation
Perhaps the most pivotal event in the life of Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007) was at age 10, when he traded half his toy soldiers for a movie projector. From his earliest youth growing up in Upsalla, Sweden, Bergman was among the most hardened of film buffs, and from his university days an enfant terrible of the theater. He achieved his ambitions early, getting a screenplay (Frenzy) produced by Sweden’s top director and becoming the head of a major theater in Europe before he was 26 – and making his first film (Crisis) before age 28.
To try to encapsulate his brilliant cinema career is impossible, but an overview would encompass his progression from tormented, sensitive male protagonists; to strong female leads; to a series of God-haunted works; to island-location “chamber” works; to powerful, scathing examinations of intimate relationships, with romantic comedies interspersed throughout; to the warmth and charm of his later The Magic Flute and Fanny and Alexander.
Bergman’s work with his stock company – including Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Erland Josephson, Eva Dahlbeck, Ulla Jacobsson, Harriet Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann – made him arguably the greatest director of actors in the history of the medium, and his overall technical mastery, his brutal honesty and relentless search for truth have made him, as well, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
This festival will include DCPs and 35mm prints imported from Sweden, including 40 new restorations created by the Swedish Film Institute especially for the 2018 celebration.
Presented in associations with the Swedish Film Institute and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation. All restorations are courtesy of the Swedish Film Institute and Janus Films.
Schedule of showtimes can be found on the Film Forum website.