The 2018 Bergman Jubilee has passed its quarter point, with results far exceeding initial expectations. Events have kicked off to a wonderful start both in Sweden and abroad. A few first-quarter highlights: countless film screenings have been held across the globe for large audiences, with stellar reviews. Exhibitions have been lauded by visitors and the press alike. Fanny and Alexander was very well-received at a London theatre. Bergman the writer has finally had his big breakthrough...

Extensive planning has been underway for a long while leading up to the 2018 Year of Bergman, when Ingmar Bergman would have turned 100. As we sit down to write our quarterly report (Uh-hum), we can share the news that our efforts have far surpassed our expectations. With an air both cheeky and nervous, we initially predicted this would be the world’s largest-ever jubilee of a single filmmaker. And so it is proving to be!’ stated Jan Holmberg, CEO of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation.


BERGMAN AT THE CINEMA

BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank has officially rounded off its Ingmar Bergman: A Definitive Film Season series. This large survey of Bergman’s work, however, includes films such as The Seventh Seal (1957) and Persona (1966) being distributed to cinemas across Great Britain and Ireland. Little-seen film The Touch (1971) was re-released in British cinemas, and was received by critics as a forgotten masterpiece complete with flaws. ‘A grown-up film for grown-ups,’ according to The Guardian.

The Ingmar Bergman retrospective certainly got the BFI’s new year off to a flying start, exceeding all our expectations in terms of audience numbers at BFI Southbank, and bringing Bergman’s work to a whole new generation of film lovers. The Swedish Film Institute’s fantastic technical work on Bergman’s catalogue has enabled audiences across the UK to see these films in the best possible condition in cinemas, on BFI blu-rays and BFI Player, declared Julie Pearce, Head of Distribution and Programme Operations at BFI.

‘Bergmania’ is in full swing on the British Isles, but no less apparent on the other side of the Atlantic. In New York, the highly-esteemed Film Forum in West Village screened 47 of Bergman’s films, of which 30 had been recently restored by the Swedish Film Institute. Time Out called it the ‘year’s cinematic event’, and according to Bruce Goldstein at Film Forum, the Bergman retrospective attracted their biggest audience numbers ever for a single filmmaker.

Many events are being held in Bergman’s Swedish homeland. The Cinemateket in Stockholm is screening each one of Bergman’s feature films throughout the year, one on every Wednesday. For the first time in many years, Bergman’s fellow Swedes are showing incredible interest in his work. In Gothenburg, the same is happening on Sundays at Hagabion. SF is screening one Bergman film per month at select cinemas across Sweden. The April film of the month is Through a Glass Darkly (1961). A recent retrospective in Rome just came to a close, with every single screening (!) selling out. In Vienna, the Austrian Film Museum screened Bergman’s entire filmic catalogue, and according to Die Presse, offered ‘a cleansing acid bath for the soul’.

All told, 60,000 people have thus far attended Bergman film screenings at cinemas the glove over. Screenings continue to be held throughout the year in Tel Aviv, Singapore, Detroit, Helsinki, Beijing, Oslo, Montreal, Madrid, Moscow, Prague, Berlin, Washington DC, Hong Kong, Bogota, Taipei, Chicago, Paris, Toronto, Ljubljana, Geneva, Mexico City…


BERGMAN ON STAGE

Fanny and Alexander premiered at the age-old Old Vic Theatre in London on 21 February. The performance has been very well-received. Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey) is ‘superb’ as Helena Ekdahl, according to critics for The Independent, while The Observer declared that the performance ‘bursts its way into your heart’. Swedish critics who attended the British performance were pleased. Lars Ring wrote in Swedish broadsheet Svenska Dagbladet that the performance ‘impressed’, while Johan Hilton called The Old Vic’s staging ‘wonderful’. 


FÖRFATTAREN BERGMAN

In Sweden, Norstedts kicked off the 2018 Jubilee by publishing a record number of Bergman publications, comprising six magnificent volumes of Bergman’s own writings and 34 stories he wrote about his films. First to hit the market was the newly published Författaren Ingmar Bergman (Ingmar Bergman, the writer), penned by Jan Holmberg, CEO of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, which received raving reviews. According to leading Swedish broadsheet Svenska Dagbladet, this book is ‘a welcome, essential addition to the already rich collection of Bergman literature’. A few weeks later, a new edition of Laterna Magica with foreword by JMG Le Clézio, anthology Artiklar, essäer och föredrag (Articles, Essays and Lectures) and Arbetsboken 1955–1974 (Workbook 1955-1974) (1975–2001 due later this autumn) were all published. In Swedish Expressen, Martina Montelius referred to the writings in the latter publication as ‘outstanding’, adding that she learned more about life and art in Bergman’s workbooks than she learned ‘in anything else over at least the past seven years’. All publications are as of yet only available in Swedish.


OTHER BERGMAN EVENTS

In Stockholm, the exhibit Bergman’s Costumes at the Hallwyl Museum, with accompanying lecture, welcomed great visitor numbers, while an exhibition and tour of Bergman locations is in full swing at Filmstaden Råsunda.
The Ingmar Bergman Foundation organised an exhibition based upon the story of how one of Bergman’s most renowned works came about. Fanny and Alexander: ‘A never-ending, whispering conversation’ premiered at the BFI Southbank in London in January, and is now featured at the House of Sweden in Washington, DC, alongside the exhibition Bergman Moods by Nina Sandström and Magnus Länje. The exhibitions will subsequently travel to additional countries over the course of the year.

The Ingmar Bergman Foundation and the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theatre are co-producing Bergman: Monologues – a film series featuring actors as they interpret a number of Bergman’s most infamous monologues. Three episodes – featuring Lena EndreElin Klinga and Reine Brynolfsson – have been released so far, with an additional nine in the works. Another series we at the Ingmar Bergman Foundation are producing is entitled Anecdotes, which involves people from Bergman’s life, including Leif ZernChristina Schollin and Stig Björkman, sharing personal stories of their time with Bergman.

Nearly 60,000 books arriving fresh from the printers, a publication produced by the Ingmar Bergman Foundation along with Norstedts and LäroMedia. This special publication of Fanny and Alexander, complete with foreword by Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke, will be distributed to students graduating from Swedish high schools in 2018. Around 400 schools across the country – from Kiruna in the north to Ystad in the south – will present the book to their students later this spring.

The Year of Bergman is just that – an entire year of celebrations, with events around the globe taking place throughout 2018 – with plenty left to anticipate and enjoy. Here in Sweden alone, we look forwards to the Bergman exhibition at the Swedish Museum of Performing Arts in Stockholm, Bergman Week on Fårö, the Bergman Festival at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and last but certainly not least, Ingmar Bergman’s birthday on 14 July. More information on this and much more will be released over the coming months.

Visit our calendar for updated information, with new 2018 Year of Bergman global events added on a continuous basis.

 

Three separate foundations exist in Ingmar Bergman’s name. We each have our own specific objectives, but all work to administer and protect Bergman’s legacy.

The Ingmar Bergman Foundation administers Ingmar Bergman’s archives and rights. We are based in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Bergman Center Foundation is a visitor’s cultural centre on the Swedish island of Fårö, which amongst other activities, organises the annual festival Bergman Week.

The Bergman Estate on Fårö Foundation is an artist’s residence, comprising Bergman’s properties on the island of Fårö.


Emma Broomé as Frida in The Best Intentions - break up scene

Emma Broomé speaks Frida's monologue from stage version of The Best Intentions.

Leading actors from The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm perform some of the greatest Bergman monologues in our video series to mark the 100-year anniversary of Ingmar Bergman's birth. During 2018 a new video will be published the 14th every month.

Produced by Widebeck Media AB for the Ingmar Bergman Foundation and The Royal Dramatic Theatre.

Distributor Studio S is releasing this incredible Bergman collection in perfect time for the 100-Year Jubilee. This exclusive offering contains 70 hours of Bergman in a single DVD box set.


The box set contains 36 films, a television series, six films written by Bergman and directed by others, interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, advertisements, trailers, newsreels, writings, original posters and more. A total of 2,000 box sets will be available from 14 May 2018.

Contents:

Torment (1944)
Crisis (1946)
It Rains on Our Love (1946)
Woman Without a Face (1947)
A Ship to India (1947)
Eva (1948)
Music in Darkness (1948)
Port of Call (1948)
Thirst (1949)
Prison (1949)
To Joy (1950)
Divorced (1951)
Summer Interlude (1951)
Waiting Women (1952)
Summer with Monika (1953)
Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
A Lesson in Love (1954)
Dreams (1955)
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
Last Couple Out (1956)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
Brink of Life (1958)
The Magician (1958)
The Virgin Spring (1960)
The Devil's Eye (1960)
Pleasure Garden (1961)
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
Winter Light (1963)
The Silence (1963)
All These Women (1964)
Persona (1966)
Hour of the Wolf (1968)
Shame (1968)
The Passion of Anna (1969)
The Touch (1971)
Cries and Whispers (1973)
Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
Face to Face (1976)
The Serpent's Egg (1977)
Autumn Sonata (1978)
From the Life of the Marionettes (1980)
Fanny and Alexander (1982)

BONUS MATERIAL
* Recently scanned, digitally restored versions of the majority of the 42 films.
* Ingmar Bergman introduces 14 of the films.
* 17 newly-edited short interviews with Ingmar Bergman, by Marie Nyreröd.
* Nine advertisements made by Bergman.
* Five older interviews with Bergman found in the television archives.
* Stig Björkman's films Ingmar Bergman (1971), Images from the Playground (2009) and ...but Film is My Mistress (2010), a collection of unique behind-the-scenes material filmed by Ingmar Bergman.
* Two of Bergman's own behind-the-scenes films for Autumn Sonata and From the Life of the Marionettes.
* Monika: Story of a Bad Girl!, the American version of Summer with Monika.
* Numerous Swedish and American cinematic trailers.
* Four folders containing original posters, exclusive photos from various filming locations, Bergman's own words on the respective films and new writings on various periods in Bergman's creative output.
* Both the films and bonus material contain Swedish and English subtitles.

Film Forum in New York has been hosting a Bergman retrospective, a true success with sold-out screenings and talks.

Liv Ullmann was one of many distinguished guests and participated in an on-stage talk with Film Forum's Bruce Goldstein. Listen to the podcast from the talk HERE.


Reine Brynolfsson as Isak, the priest in Cries and Whispers

Reine Brynolfsson recites the priest’s monologue from Cries and Whispers. This monologue was filmed at rehearsal studio one at The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where Ingmar Bergman himself worked with actors during his many years at the theatre.

Leading actors
from The Royal Dramatic Theatre
in Stockholm perform some of the greatest Bergman monologues, in our video series marking the 100-year anniversary of Ingmar Bergman's birth. Throughout 2018, a new film will be published on the 14th of every month.
 

Produced by Widebeck Media AB for the Ingmar Bergman Foundation and The Royal Dramatic Theatre.

"... a book offering a knowledgeable and very entertaining journey through the Ingmar Bergman universe."
(Monika Tunbäck-Hanson, GP)

"... a welcome and truly essential addition to the already rich collection of Bergman literature."
(John Sjögren, SvD)

Författaren Ingmar Bergman ("Ingmar Bergman as Author") is the first book to concentrate on the writings of the highly-esteemed, world-renowned director, work which  always remained in the shadows of his theatre and film productions. For the first time ever, a light is now shown on the journey Bergman's work traversed from the writing stage to final directing from his early years at Filmstaden labouring over manuscripts as a "house slave" to his later large-scale novels  which were overshadowed by the films bearing the same titles. Why such a duality? Did he wish to be an author all along? Why was he so hesitant to publish his writings, when he was so forthcoming and confident with his other work? Författaren Ingmar Bergman is as of yet only available in Swedish. (www.norstedts.se)

Published on 22 January 2018, Författaren Ingmar Bergman was written by Jan Holmberg, CEO of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation. A wide selection of author events will be held throughout the 2018 Year of Bergman.

Author Events, Spring 2018:

30 January
Book discussion, with Jan Holmberg, Caroline Krook and Jannike Åhlund, Gothenburg Film Festival

1 February
Discussion on Ingmar Bergman as author, with Jan Holmberg, Linn Ullmann, Agneta Pleijel and Håkan Bravinger. Reading by Sten Ljunggren, Stockholm Public Library

6 February
“The book was better: The Hour of the Wolf in text and on screen”
Discussion with Jan Holmberg at Stockholm University

8 February
Jan Holmberg and Leif Zern discuss the book, Akademibokhandeln, Uppsala

18 February
Bergman Day at NK
Discussion with Jan Holmberg, Leif Zern, Anna Bergman and Harning, NK Bookstore, Stockholm

21 February
“Bergman and Music”
Lecture with Jan Holmberg, The Hallwyl Museum, Stockholm

26 February
Discussion of Bergman's autobiography "The Magic Lantern", Jan Holmberg, Gothenburg City Library

27 February
Discussion between Jan Holmberg and Linn Ullmann, Litteratur på Blå, Oslo

28 February
Seminar on "Författaren Ingmar Bergman" (Ingmar Bergman as Author), Jan Holmberg and Anna Sofia Rossholm, Linnaeus University, Växjö

7 mars
"This Can't Happen Here". Jan Holmberg introduces the film at Cinemateket, Stockholm

9 mars
Ingmar Bergman symposium, Jan Holmberg et al., Cinemateket, Trondheim

13 mars
Bergman evening and talk with Jan Holmberg, Eirik Stubø et al., Royal Dramatic Theatre Restaurant, Stockholm

14 mars
Jan Holmberg and Leif Zern discuss the book, Akademibokhandeln City, Stockholm

12 April
Book presentation, with Jan Holmberg, Almedalsbiblioteket, Visby

18 April
Jan Holmberg and Leif Zern discuss the book, Hultgrens Bookstore, Västervik


Elin Klinga as the doctor in Persona

Elin Klinga recites the doctor’s monologue from Persona. This monologue was filmed beneath The Royal Dramatic Theatre stage in Stockholm, where actors have been rehearsing their lines since the theatre was first built. At the end we are granted a view of the "kissing wall", where actors place their lips before entering the stage.

This film is dedicated to Moa.

Leading actors
from The Royal Dramatic Theatre
in Stockholm perform some of the greatest Bergman monologues in our video series marking the 100-year anniversary of Ingmar Bergman's birth. Throughout 2018, a new film will be published on the 14th of every month.

Produced by Widebeck Media AB for the Ingmar Bergman Foundation and The Royal Dramatic Theatre.


Lena Endre as Johan in Scenes from a Marriage – interview scene

Lena Endre speaks Johan’s monologue from the interview scene in which he describes himself in a less than humble fashion.
Leading actors
from The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm perform some of the greatest Bergman monologues in our video series to mark the 100-year anniversary of Ingmar Bergman's birth. During 2018 a new video will be published the 14th every month.

Produced by Widebeck Media AB for the Ingmar Bergman Foundation and The Royal Dramatic Theatre.

 


Leif Zern, journalist and writer, about Bergman: "In some way… he protected himself with his own sensitivity. This enabled him to understand how it was to be a woman, placed in a subordinate position more often than not."

Bergman Anecdotes is a compilation of stories about Ingmar Bergman, interviews with people who were close to the director. These short clips are produced to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of Bergman’s birth that takes place in 2018. More Anecdotes.