French director Mia Hansen-Love to make film after finding inspiration from Bergman Island

The French director Mia Hansen-Love is set to make her first English-language feature after being inspired by Ingmar Bergman.

Titled Bergman Island, Hansen-Love found inspiration after travelling to the island of Fårö in Sweden, which is the home of Ingmar Bergman. She then wrote the script for the film, which draws its name from Marie Nyreröd‘s documentary of the same name about the famous Swedish director and his self-imposed exile in the Fårö islands.

The film will tell the story of a relationship between a filmmaking couple; another inspiration from her real-life. The story is believed to be based on her relationship with fellow French filmmaker Olivier Assayas. While that idea has been dismissed, they likely vacationed on Bergman’s island. The script will follow an American filmmaking couple who retreat to the island, wanting to write their own screenplays. As the summer and their screenplays advance, the lines between reality and fiction blur against the backdrop of the islands wild landscape.

The film will star Greta Gerwig, Mia Wasikowska and John Turturro.

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.