BERGMAN - ETT ÅR ETT LIV
Sweden, Norway 2018
What we are missing is an comprehensive picture. The books that have been written, the films made and interviews conducted on and around Bergman have often dealt with the minutiae of his art or his childhood. However, there is no comprehensive cinematic illumination of his unbelievable creativity, productivity and sweeping range.
The year 2018 sees the 100th anniversary of Ingmar Bergman's birth which we intend to commemorate with a documentary project taking in a feature-length film and a four part television series. The project investigates not only the artist, writer and film and theatre director, but also Ingmar Bergman the person. Who was this man whose narrative art touched so many people? And how was it all possible?
We explore the existential themes of the films that form the core of Bergman's influential artistic legacy and also relate these to his private life. We want to emphasise Bergman's unique ability to frame his existential dilemmas in such an entertaining manner, and at the same time illuminate his many fruitful relationships with colleagues including Max von Sydow, Harriet Andersson, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Gunnel Lindblom, Erland Josephson, Gunnar Fischer, Sven Nykvist, Marik Vos, Anna Asp, Lena Olin, Peter Stormare, Pernilla August and others.
A man who worked harder and faster than anyone else in the history of cinema. Bergman lived a very long life and he was incredibly productive. My problem, then, was how to tell his story in less than two hours. It seemed impossible. However, during my research a single year kept popping up: 1957, Bergman’s most magical and productive year. He shoots two films and a special movie for television. His films THE SEVENTH SEAL and WILD STRAWBERRIES have their premieres. He directs four major theatre productions, has 6 children with four different women, and several affairs. I thought – why hasn’t anyone made a film about this? Perhaps one can tell the story of Bergman by focusing on just this one year? This is what I set out to do.
Now it is done.
2018 - BERGMAN - A YEAR IN A LIFE, doc
2018 - BERGMAN, doc TV series, 4 x 60 min
2018 - VOX LIPOMA, short
2016 - CHRISTINA LINDBERG, TV doc
2014 - CUPCAKE, CUPCAKE, short
2013 - TRESPASSING BERGMAN, doc
2009 - EBBE – THE MOVIE, doc
2008 - THE SWIMSUIT ISSUE
Cast & Crew
Directed by : Jane Magnusson
Written by : Jane Magnusson
Produced by : Cecilia Nessen, Fredrik Heinig, Mattias Nohrborg
Director of Photography : Emil Klang
Editor : Hanna Lejonqvist
Composer : Jonas Beckmann, Lars Kumlin
Sound Design : Daniel Lindvik
Animation : David Karlsson
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Documentary Selection 2018