Ingmar Bergman centenary


  •   TUE 20 FEB, 18:30 – DISCUSSION: Bergman’s Portraits of Women  
  •   TUE 27 FEB, 20:15 – MEMBER EXCLUSIVE: Members’ Salon: The Touch
  •   CONTINUING FROM JAN – FREE EXHIBITION: Fanny and Alexander: ‘A neverending, whispering conversation’

The BFI will mark the centenary of world-renowned Swedish filmmaker INGMAR BERGMAN (1918 – 2007) in early 2018; the ultimate auteur, Bergman was a hugely influential and distinctive writer-director who worked in film, theatre and television.

The celebration will include a comprehensive season of his work at BFI Southbank from Monday 1 January to mid-March 2018, UK-wide revivals of modernist masterpiece Persona (1966), Bergman’s first English-language film The Touch (1971) and his much-loved version of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute (1975), with the latter two titles also being released on BFI Blu-ray/DVD and on BFI Player. Five other films, unseen on the big screen for many years, including Smiles of a Summer Night (1955) and Cries and Whispers (1972), will be made available for booking by the BFI, enabling cinemas around the country to programme their own mini-retrospectives during this centenary year.

The BFI Southbank season, which is a collaboration between the BFI, the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, The Swedish Film Institute, SF Studios and The Ministry of Culture Sweden, will include virtually everything Bergman wrote for the screen, taking in well-known films such as The Seventh Seal (1957) and Wild Strawberries (1957), and ground-breaking TV series like Scenes from a Marriage (1973) starring Oscar-nominated actor Liv Ullmann, whose directorial feature Faithless (2000), from a script by Bergman, will also screen in the season. Screenings at BFI Southbank of more than 50 films directed or written by Bergman, as well as several TV series, will be accompanied by an ambitious events programme designed to bring Bergman and his work to life for a new generation. This programme will include discussions, immersive experiences and talent-led events such as award-winning director Andrey Zvyagintsev introducing a screening of Scenes from a Marriage (1973) on Saturday 3 February. The season is programmed thematically to offer a fresh route into Bergman’s huge back-catalogue, and will give audiences a chance to reappraise, or discover for the first time, the work of a true master.

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