Liv Ullmann to retire from directing

Norwegian actress and filmmaker Liv Ullmann announced during a panel at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund that she will be retiring from filmmaking.

Whilst on a panel with fellow filmmakers Pernilla August and Iram Haq, Ullmann said “I don’t want to direct anymore. I want to use my strength to act in a film – there I can use it with a sensitive director”

The 77-year-old actress is currently hoping to work with Anthony Hopkins in 2017 on a yet to be announced film.

Ullmann was taking part in the Amanda Conversation, an annual panel that makes up bart of the Norwegian International Film Festival. The three directors spoke about the challenges they faced as female directors – mostly due to the logistics of raising children while making films.

Pernilla August, who brought her latest film A Serious Game to Haugesund, also received the festival’s Liv Ullmann Honorary Award on the 24th of August.




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.