Searching for Ingmar Bergman

Germany/France 2018. Dir: Margarethe von Trotta. 99 min. DCP

“Essential viewing for cinephiles ... A treasure trove of insight, telling details, and great stories ... Von Trotta’s many personal connections to Bergman lend it a fresh, distinctive flavour.”
ALLAN HUNTER, SCREEN DAILY

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! When Ingmar Bergman selected his 11 favourite films for a special program at the 1994 Göteborg Film Festival, Marianne and Juliane, German director Margarethe von Trotta's bold 1981 drama, was on the list. Von Trotta’s latest work, debuted at Cannes this year, is a pleasingly personal documentary exploring the late Swedish master’s life and legacy. Her fond appreciation includes a generous sampling of clips from Bergman’s films; the frank reminiscences of Bergman family members and collaborators; and interviews with leading filmmakers (Oliver Assayas, Mia Hansen-Løve, and Ruben Östlund among them) who speak of Bergman’s influence. “On the occasion of Bergman’s centenary comes this lovely, personal film from one of his greatest admirers. This is a tribute from an artist with such a deep affinity for the subject that it opens to genuine and sometimes disquieting inquiry ... A rich and quietly absorbing portrait of an immense artist” (New York Film Festival).

 

REVIEWS

“Von Trotta’s personal essay, complete with key interviews and a multitude of film clips, is an affectionate portrait that rekindles the flame of one of cinema’s towering figures.”

NOW Magazine | full review

“A wonderful appreciation of Bergman’s work ... What a treat it is to watch one master of world cinema honour another.”

POV Magazine | full review