The jubilee marking the centenary of the birth of Ingmar Bergman (1918–2007) – Swedish filmmaker, stage director, and writer of world renown – had been in planning for years. As the year began, we publicly announced our goal of Bergman 100 becoming the largest commemoration of a single filmmaker ever. The outcome exceeded our highest expectations. With thousands of events (screenings of his films, stage performances of his works, documentaries, concerts, book releases, conferences, exhibitions, etc) held in eighty-odd countries all over the planet, Bergman 100 was an absolutely remarkable success.

Read/download our summary of the Ingmar Bergman year HERE.

Skrivet 15 Apr 2019

Bibi Andersson 1935-2019

Bibi Andersson, one of Sweden’s most famous actresses, passed away yesterday.

Born in Stockholm 1935, Andersson made her film debut at the age of fifteen, in a soap commercial directed by Ingmar Bergman, with whom she would work extensively for decades, on stage and screen alike. After several minor but distinctive roles in his films of the late fifties (including Wild Strawberries and The Seventh Seal), she took on the demanding leading role of nurse Alma in Persona (1966), one of the greatest performances in Swedish cinema.

Andersson’s and Bergman’s collaboration would continue, not least on the stage of the Royal Dramatic Theatre, where she would also direct plays such as Sam Shepard’s True West (1990). Though Bibi Andersson’s international career was never in par with her exceptional talent, she played in films by both Robert Altman and John Huston, as well as in Gabriel Axel’s Academy award-winning Babette’s Feast (1987).

Her international commitment went far beyond the entertainment industry. In the 1980s, she co-founded ’Artists for peace’ as part of the international peace movement, and during the Balkan war she initiated the aid project ’Open Road – Sarajevo’.

In her native Sweden, Bibi Andersson’s importance as a cultural figure cannot possibly be overstated. To her ingenues in Bergman’s films of the fifties, she brought a rare and elusive quality, sometimes saving the characters from triviality. Her later interpretations of mature women were stunning, as her title role in Keve Hjelm’s television adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie (1969), or the mother in Marie-Louise Ekman’s The Elephant Walk (1979) demonstrate. Swedish block busters of the 2000s such as Shit happens or the Arn franchise, have Andersson’s performances to thank for their memorable moments.

To everything else, Bibi Andersson was an artist of great integrity. In one of her last interviews, she would comment on her work with Ingmar Bergman: ’In his later years, he would talk so much about ”his” actors, about how much he loved ”his” actors. I’m not your bloody actress, I thought.” No, Bibi Andersson was never the actress of anybody, but in her own right an extraordinary artist.

Jan Holmberg, CEO of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation


Bergman Unpublished: Christmas
Ingmar Bergman speaks about Christmas as nothing but a memory.

Journalist Marie Nyreröd interviewed Ingmar Bergman on several occasions and has produced numerous documentaries and programs for Swedish television. To celebrate the 2018 Year of Bergman, Nyreröd produced 16 short films on different Bergman related subjects, featuring previously unpublished material filmed at Fårö, Sweden, between 2002-03.


Bergman Unpublished: Psalm 305
Ingmar Bergman speaks about the psalm in Saraband and Wild Strawberries.

Journalist Marie Nyreröd interviewed Ingmar Bergman on several occasions and has produced numerous documentaries and programs for Swedish television. To celebrate the 2018 Year of Bergman, Nyreröd produced 16 short films on different Bergman related subjects, featuring previously unpublished material filmed at Fårö, Sweden, between 2002-03.


Bergman Unpublished: Dalarna
Ingmar Bergman speaks about his childhood summers.

Journalist Marie Nyreröd interviewed Ingmar Bergman on several occasions and has produced numerous documentaries and programs for Swedish television. To celebrate the 2018 Year of Bergman, Nyreröd produced 16 short films on different Bergman related subjects, featuring previously unpublished material filmed at Fårö, Sweden, between 2002-03.


Bergman Unpublished: Animals
Ingmar Bergman speaks about avoiding animals.

Journalist Marie Nyreröd interviewed Ingmar Bergman on several occasions and has produced numerous documentaries and programs for Swedish television. To celebrate the 2018 Year of Bergman, Nyreröd produced 16 short films on different Bergman related subjects, featuring previously unpublished material filmed at Fårö, Sweden, between 2002-03.


Bergman Unpublished: Magical names
Ingmar Bergman speaks about the recurring names in his work.

Journalist Marie Nyreröd interviewed Ingmar Bergman on several occasions and has produced numerous documentaries and programs for Swedish television. To celebrate the 2018 Year of Bergman, Nyreröd produced 16 short films on different Bergman related subjects, featuring previously unpublished material filmed at Fårö, Sweden, between 2002-03.


Bergman Unpublished: The Art of Staging
Ingmar Bergman speaks about staging life and the theatre.

Journalist Marie Nyreröd interviewed Ingmar Bergman on several occasions and has produced numerous documentaries and programs for Swedish television. To celebrate the 2018 Year of Bergman, Nyreröd produced 16 short films on different Bergman related subjects, featuring previously unpublished material filmed at Fårö, Sweden, between 2002-03.


Bergman Unpublished: Fårö
Ingmar Bergman speaks about the island where he lived and worked.

Journalist Marie Nyreröd interviewed Ingmar Bergman on several occasions and has produced numerous documentaries and programs for Swedish television. To celebrate the 2018 Year of Bergman, Nyreröd produced 16 short films on different Bergman related subjects, featuring previously unpublished material filmed at Fårö, Sweden, between 2002-03.


Bergman Unpublished: Scriptwriting
Ingmar Bergman speaks about the art of scriptwriting.

Journalist Marie Nyreröd interviewed Ingmar Bergman on several occasions and has produced numerous documentaries and programs for Swedish television. To celebrate the 2018 Year of Bergman, Nyreröd produced 16 short films on different Bergman related subjects, featuring previously unpublished material filmed at Fårö, Sweden, between 2002-03.