New Bergman documentary to examine Ingmar Bergman’s relationships

A new Swedish documentary about Ingmar Bergman’s sexual relationships has been commissioned for this year’s centenary of the birth of Ingmar Bergman, The Guardian reports.

The documentary, which is directed by Jane Magnusson, will examine his sexual relationships with almost all of his actresses and then talk about his shortcomings as a husband and father. The film is particularly timely considering the #metoo movement, despite the film having been finished when the Weinstein allegations were made public.

Titled Bergman: A Year in the Life, we’ll follow Bergman in the year 1957, when Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal were released. This is one of five films commissioned as part of the year-long Bergman100 celebrations to mark the centenary of the director’s birth. More than 100 events are being held around the world.

Magnusson states that “There have been so many documentaries about Bergman already but they have all been focusing on the ‘Great Artist Bergman’. At least in Sweden, it’s been difficult to be critical of Bergman at all.”

Magnusson previously directed Trespassing Bergman, which saw renowned filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen praise Bergman’s work.

Bergman: A Year in the Life is currently in post-production and is hoping to screen at the Cannes Film Festival before launching in Sweden at the end of summer 2018.

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.