Nordophile looks more closely at Ingmar Bergman and the week of celebrations. He was part of most respected and influential directors and writers, that we have seen in recent times. When film was of a golden age, the talents coming from different corners of the world were at magnitude levels. But Ingmar stood out, due to his whole involvement in the project. From the conception of writing to the direction and production. And Ingmar’s subjects were always thought provoking because of their realism.
Ingmar stayed very loyal to his Swedish roots, in particular, filming on the island of Fårö, where he lived. Although he was born in Uppsala, Ingmar eventually settled on Fårö, which to this day celebrates his life’s work.
We look ahead to the Bergman Week on Fårö, which is the 12th edition of its festival – the Bergman Week – will take place on June 22-28, 2015.
Located on the island of Fårö, the Bergmancenter is a museum and meeting place that focuses on the life and artistic achievements of legendary director and writer Ingmar Bergman.
Our current exhibitions are Fårö – Ingmar Bergman’s Cinematic Landscape, a permanent exhibition which will take you through Bergman’s life and work on Fårö, The Drawing Room, inspired by Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander, and Laterna Magica, a video installation produced by the Deutsche Kinemathek.
Ingrid Bergman’s Centenary: Autumn Sonata in focus
In this 12th edition Bergman Week turns the spotlight towards another Bergman: Ingrid in the occasion of the centenary of her birth in 1915.
Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata (1978) was Ingrid’s final performance on the big screen, for which she received her 7th Academy Award nomination. This long-awaited collaboration between Sweden’s most notable Bergmans also received an Academy Award nomination for best script.
Bergman Week honors Ingrid Bergman’s memory with a special section of the program, “5 X Sonata”, with guests who were involved in the making of the movie and can share their experience first hand with the public, including long collaborator and producer Katinka Faragó and the editor responsible for editing 14 of Ingmar Bergman’s films, from Autumn Sonata to his last one, Saraband, Sylvia Ingemarsdotter.
Autumn Sonata is also presented as a theatre adaptation with actresses Grynet Molvig and Paula Ternström as directed by Rune Jakobsson.
Experience Bergman’s films in his own private cinema
Once a year there is a chance to sit on Bergman’s own cinema on Fårö. This year you will have the opportunity to watch the features he shot on the island just a few meters away from the filming locations. Prepare for a magical experience that won’t be easy forget.
Bergman Week will welcome directors Gellert Tamas and Lawen Mohtadi, who will show extracts and discuss their collaboration in the upcoming documentary depicting author and activist Katarina Taikon’s life and struggle in name of the Romanian civil rights in Sweden during the 60s and 70s.
Director Lisa Aschan is coming to Fårö to present working material of her upcoming feature The white people. With actress Pernilla August and Vera Vitali, the film portrays six locked up people as they struggle to survive. Adding another aspect to the discussion is the documentary Förvaret, screened and presented by director Anna Persson and Shaon Chakraborty.
Erik Hemmendorrf who produced the Swedish Oscar nominee for 2015, Ruben Östlund’s Turist will present extracts of his latest production, Epifania, a coproduction between Sweden and Colombia, shot partially on Fårö, by directors Anna Eborn and Oscar Ruiz Navia.
Music from different corners
Bergman Week will also be the occasion for the public to enjoy an opera based on Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers (1972), composed by the New York based Brazilian composer João MacDowell.
Norwegian composer and jazz pianist Jan Gunnar Hoff will present his latest solo album and also pieces composed on Fårö during his time as a resident in one of Bergman’s houses.
For those who missed the chance to experience the multimedia performance The Magic Flute in August 2014, there will be another chance to see the magic show involving music, dance, acrobatics, animation and puppet theatre.
The Philosopher King by Canadian director Rouzbeh Noori, shot on Fårö in 2014 will have its premiere during Bergman Week. Also in the program is Liv Ullman’s latest work as a director, the Hollywood production Miss Julie, with Colin Farrel and Jessica Chastain in the main roles. Miss Julie is yet to be released in the cinemas in Sweden.
Visit Bergmancenter.se for more information on the week’s program.