Bergman interviewed around forty Fårö islanders for the film.
By the end, they had shot forty-four hours of film, which was edited down to two hours.
Bergman first came to Fårö on Sven Nykvist’s recommendation when he was scouting for filming locations for Through a Glass Darkly.
Fårö Document 1979 was made in a more positive spirit than Bergman’s previous Fårö documentary.
Bergman considered himself a Fårö man.
The film depicted traditional professions and practices.
One of Fårö’s oldest residents.
Summer on Fårö.
The island’s name, which was written Farøø in the 1300s and Faroyna in the 1400s, consists of the words far (fare), as in sea route or offing, and ö (island). The name has nothing to do with the animal sheep (får in Swedish).
Winter on Fårö.
In the documentary, Bergman noted that there were now more young people returning to the island, turning their backs on city life.
Fishermen on Fårö.