Home to 2.5 inhabitants, Munich is Germany's third largest city. As the capital of Bavaria, it boasts the world-famous Oktoberfest as well as being home to football team FC Bayern.
On the 14th of June this year, I was granted permission to live and work in your country. On the 15th of September, I began filming my first film outside of Sweden at Bavaria Film Studios. From mid-February, I will begin rehearsals of Strindberg's The Dream Play at Munich's Rezidensteatern. And today I receive Frankfurt's Goethe Prize, a mark of achievement which has both deeply moved and stunned me. I am 58 years old, a debutant within a cultural community which has both directly and indirectly proven to have a powerful effect on my development as a human being and as an artist. I come from a country which I love, a country I never imagined I would leave, at least not against my own will. Just as my exile externally appears to be voluntary, internally it has been an irrecusable duress.