Archive of films Searching for Ingmar Bergman / Searching for Ingmar Bergman

Germany / France
2018, 95 min

Section: Out of the Past
Year: 2018

This year he would have turned 100. Commemorate the anniversary of one of the most important filmmakers of all time with a documentary by a German director, who investigates Bergman and his artistic legacy, his closest cooperators, and the contemporary artists whom he significantly influenced.


In 1960 Margarethe von Trotta discovered a love for film at a screening of Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. So it’s no wonder that her documentary about the Swedish director begins on the same beach where Max von Sydow played a game of chess with Death. But she is not the only one to speak about Bergman; she offers a say to other artists whom he inspired: actor and director Liv Ullmann, legendary Spanish director Carlos Saura, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, French director Olivier Assayas (who co-authored a book about Bergman, published in France in 1990), and Bergman’s compatriot Ruben Östlund, who shares the filmmaker’s taste for unfolding precisely-honed personal dramas.

Nikola Paggio

About the director

Margarethe von Trotta

Margarethe von Trotta (b. 1942, Berlin, Germany). Selected filmography: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (Die Verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum oder: Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann, 1975), Sisters, or The Balance of Happiness (Schwestern oder Die Balance des Glücks, 1979), Rosa Luxemburg (1986), Three Sisters (Paura e amore, 1988), The Long Silence (Il lungo silencio, 1993), The Promise (Das Versprechen, 1995), Rosenstrasse (2003), I Am the Other Woman (Ich bin die Andere, 2006), Hannah Arendt (2012), Searching for Ingmar Bergman (2018)


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About the film

Color, Black & White, DCP

Section: Out of the Past
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Screenplay: Margarethe von Trotta, Felix Moeller
Dir. of Photography: Börres Weiffenbach
Editor: Bettina Böhler
Producer: Konstanze Speidel, Benjamin Seikel
Production: C-Films
Coproduction: Mondex et Cie
Sales: Cinema Management Group


Felix Moeller

Film Director

Konstanze Speidel



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