Ingmar Bergman documentary to shoot in the summer

A documentary about Ingmar Bergman is about to head into production, with a more personal take on the director’s life.

Directed by German director Margarethe von Trotta,  Ingmar Bergman: Legacy of a Defining Genius

Through a series of interviews with close collaborates and younger filmmakers, the documentary aims to paint a picture of Bergman’s legacy. Von Trotta has a close connection with Bergman; she worked with Bergman’s cinematographer Sven Nykvist as an actress on her husband Volker Schlöndorff’s 1972 film A Free Woman. She will now make the documentary alongside her son, Felix Moeller, who is a film historian and documentarian.

The documentary itself has been in development for nearly two years and has the support of SF Studios and the Ingmar Bergman Foundation. It will visit the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, as well as locations from Bergman’s body of work in Sweden, France and Germany.

Von Trotta told ScreenDaily:

“Bergman had a unique vision and was an extraordinary filmmaker. But he also had a very personal side, which I experienced when Ingmar wanted Volker to direct the film, Gösta Berling.

“He visited us several times when he lived close to our home in Munich. With the film, I now want to search for clues in the works of directors who are still alive, to find out what was important to them about Bergman in their own artistic output. Which of Bergman’s films particularly impressed them? And which moments or scenes will they never forget?”

Ingmar Bergman is (of course) a Swedish director known for his films The Seventh Seal, Cries and Whispers, Wild Strawberries, Scenes From a Marriage and Persona, among others.

Ingmar Bergman: Legacy of a Defining Genius will be at the Cannes Market, with CMG to handle sales. The documentary is produced by German’s C-Films and Mondex and Cie of France.

The documentary is due to be released in 2018 to mark the Swedish auteur’s birth.



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.