Already gracing the poster for the Cannes International Film Festival, Swedish actressIngrid Bergman – who would have been 100 this year – will also be honoured at theBergman Week, the annual festival arranged by the Bergman Center Foundation on the small island of Fårö, in the Baltic Sea, the home of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman for the last 41 years of his life, and now a museum.
Ingrid Bergman’s last film was Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata (1978), which was nominated for two Oscars for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay (and won a Golden Globe); their first collaboration is also due to be celebrated by its Swedish producer,Katinka Faragó, and editor (of 14 Bergman productions) Sylvia Ingemarsdotter. Swedish director Rune Jakobsson will present a stage version of Autumn Sonata, starring Grynet Molvig and Paula Ternström.
Other guests include award-winning Swedish director Lisa Aschan, who will unspool scenes from her upcoming feature, White People, starring Pernilla August and Vera Vitali, as well as Swedish producer Erik Hemmendorff, who has staged several of Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s films, most recently Force Majeure. Norwegian actress-director Liv Ullmann’s English-language version of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie (with a US-UK cast headed by Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton) will have its Swedish premiere.
Also screening on Fårö is Canadian, Malmö-based director Rouzbeh Noori’s The Philosopher King, and the Bergman films shot on Fårö will be on show at his private cinema in Dämba. For the first time, this year’s programme has been organised by the new director of the Bergman Center, Brazilian lawyer and filmmaker Helen Beltrame-Linné, succeeding Swedish critic Jannike Åhlund, who had been head of the centre and the week for ten years.
A lawyer for many years in Brazil, Beltrame-Linné worked in film production, both as a scriptwriter and a producer for, among others, Brazilian director José Padilha (Bus 174,Tropa de Elite, Robocop). For several years, she was employed by the Rio International Film Festival. She first visited Sweden in 2002 to see Bergman’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts at Stockholm’s Dramaten Royal Theatre.