Searching for Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman – Vermächtnis eines Jahrhundertgenies, 2018, Germany-France, Language: English, German, French, Subtitles: Hungarian and English (99’); Screening: 09.07, 15.00, Toldi Cinema, Nagyterem

This Bergman portrait film is as much about the Swedish director himself as it is about his German enthusiast and creator of the documentary, Margarete von Trotta. It could not be otherwise since Trotta is a major figure of European art film and director of, among others, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum and The Sisters Films showing clear Bergman influences. She goes to the location where The Seventh Seal was filmed and analyses – with an expert’s eye – the famous scenes on the seashore. We follow her on a tour of Bergman’s flat, we see the house where Bergman grew up and which became the location for Fanny and Alexander, and in the meantime we learn much not only about Bergman and his fellow artists, about Liv Ullmann and Jean-Claude Carriere, about Katinka Faragó and their relations with Bergman, but also about the director herself, who proudly takes down the album in which Bergman collected his favourite films: there, alongside masterpieces by Sjöström and Kurosawa, naturally we find Sisters as well. This is the perfect occasion to review some of the older films by Trotta, and of course a few of her latest efforts such as the mystical Vision.

Searching for Ingmar Bergman

Directed by: Felix Moeller, Margarethe von Trotta
Screenplay by: Felix Moeller, Margarethe von Trotta
Director of photography: Börres Weiffenbach
Cast: Liv Ullmann, Olivier Assayas, Ruben Östlund, Mia Hansen-Løve, Gunnel Lindblom, Carlos Saura, Katinka Faragó
Genre: documentary
Production: C-Films, Mondex&cie
Format: colour/black and white, 1.85:1

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