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#Bergman100: Retrospective at IFFI

#Bergman100: Retrospective at IFFI

Eight films by the late Ingmar Bergman, including a documentary on the legendary filmmaker, are a part of IFFI 2018, alongside a panel discussion with Bergman experts from Sweden. The screenings will take place between November 21 and 28, 2018 at Maquinez Palace II, Panjim

As part of the 100-year birth
celebrations of legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, the Consulate General of Sweden in Mumbai, in collaboration with International Film Festival of India in Goa, is delighted to bring his select works to the city which will be screened under Retrospective of Masters.The screenings will take place between November 21 and 28, 2018 at Maquinez Palace II, Panjim.
#Bergman100 is sweeping the world in celebration of what would have been the legendary director’s 100th birthday. New digitisations of his films by the Swedish Film Institute have enabled the entire world to participate in the celebration.
“We thank the International Film Festival of India in Goa for the special tribute to Ingmar Bergman in what would have been his 100th birth anniversary,” says Ulrika Sundberg, Consul General, General Consulate of Sweden in Mumbai. “Ingmar Bergman is undoubtedly one of the best-known Swedes in the world. He is widely regarded as one of the foremost filmmakers in cinematic history and has directed more than 40 feature-length films. He was also a prolific scriptwriter, dramatist and author.”
The retrospective opens on November 21, 2018 with a panel discussion on The Cinema of Ingmar Bergman with experts from Sweden. The panel will be moderated by Sunit Tandon, Director of India Habitat Centre (former Director of the Directorate of Film Festivals in India and noted television and theatre personality). This will be followed by the screening of ‘Wild Strawberries’, often considered to be one of Bergman’s greatest and most moving films.
Other films featured in the Retrospective are ‘The Seventh Seal’, ‘Persona’, ‘Saraband, Summer with Monika’, ‘Autumn Sonata’ and ‘Fanny and Alexander’. ‘Bergman Island’, a documentary where the filmmaker ruminates on his work, will also be screened.
“The huge interest in celebrating Bergman 100 exceeds our highest expectations! Though great art is indeed timeless, it still needs the support from public and private institutions to remain available. Most importantly, though, it needs the support of the audience. The art of Bergman, luckily, enjoys all of these,” says Jan Holmberg, CEO at the Ingmar Bergman Foundation.
The year 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Ingmar Bergman: world-famous filmmaker, legendary theatre director and exceptional writer. After his passing in 2007, Bergman has furthermore become one of Scandinavia’s most-performed playwrights. Ingmar Bergman was born in Uppsala on July 14, 1918, and the Jubilee, starting in Autumn 2017 and continuing throughout 2018, will take place over the entire world, with theatrical performances, exhibitions, documentaries, film retrospectives, book releases and festivals.


This article was first published on Herald Cafe on 21st Nov 2018

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