New Ingmar Bergman documentary to debut at the Cannes Film Festival

The Ingmar Bergman documentary Bergman – A Year in the Life will have its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics section.

The documentary focuses on the year 1957, one of the most prolific years for the Swedish director. During that year, he shot two films – The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries, two of his most well-known films – produced four plays, a TV movie and was juggling a complicated private life.

Director Jane Magnusson got the idea for the film while researching her 2013 documentary Trespassing Bergman, which explored the Swedish director’s legacy.

Bergman – A Year in the Lifis comprised of more than fifty interviews, including Dag, Bergman’s older brother, Mikael Persbrandt, Liv Ullmann and Roy Andersson.

The documentary is produced by Mattias Nohrborg, Cecilia Nessen and Fredrik Heinig for B-Reel. It received support from the Swedish Film Institute, Norwegian Film Institute, Nordisk Film og TV Fond and Creative Media. It will be released on the 14th of July 2018.

Cannes Classics will celebrate Ingmar Bergman with screenings of a fully digitally-restored 4K version of The Seventh Seal as well as Margarethe von Trotta’s new film Searching for Bergman.

We are also celebrating the Ingmar Bergman centenary with a special edition magazine focusing on the Swedish filmmaker. You can read about that here. 

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.