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Saraband

Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Finland, Germany, Austria 2003 / 107’
Fanny and Alexander Ingmar Bergman Through Choreographer's Eye

Saraband is the last film that Ingmar Bergman directed before his death in 2007. It's a kind of a postscript to Scenes from a Marriage. The protagonists, Marianne and Johan, divorced for many years, have grown old and have to live with the weight of their experience. They have not had contact with one another for a long time; that only changes when Marianne, acting on impulse, decides to visit her former partner at his secluded home, where she witnesses a family crisis. Johan is in a conflict with his son, Henrik, who, in turn, has a toxic, semi-incestuous relationship with his own daughter, Karin. The situation is-to put it as gently as possible-unpleasant. Told in an unhurried and dignified way, the story allows the audience to explore the nuances of the characters' psyche.

Piotr Mirski

awards

Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards 2005 – Special Condor; Sant Jordi Awards 2006 – Special Award

Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman was one of the most important filmmakers in the history of artistic cinema. Born in 1918, he died in 2007 on the very same day that another legend passed away, Michelangelo Antonioni. He began his career in the film industry by correcting screenplays for others. He gained directorial experience as an assistant to Alf Sjöberg on Torment, for which he wrote the script. He made his directorial debut with Crisis. He gained international fame thanks to Smiles of a Summer Night, and then cemented his position with The SeventhSeal and Wild Strawberries, filmed shortly thereafter. The coming years and decades brought him even more success. He regularly worked with cinematographer Sven Nykvist and actors such as Harriet Andersson, Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow. He also worked in the theater.

Selected filmography

1946 Kryzys / Kris / Crisis

1953 Wakacje z Moniką / Sommaren med Monika / Summer with Monika

1955 Uśmiech nocy / Sommarnattens leende / Smiles of a Summer Night

1957 Siódma pieczęć / Det sjunde inseglet / The Seventh Seal

1957 Tam, gdzie rosną poziomki / Smultronstället / Wild Strawberries

1960 Źródło / Jungfrukällan / The Virgin Spring

1961 Jak w zwierciadle / Såsom i en spegel / Through a Glass Darkly

1966 Persona

1972 Szepty i krzyki / Viskningar och rop / Cries and Whispers

1973 Sceny z życia małżeńskiego / Scener ur ett äktenskap / Scenes from a Marriage (TV)

1977 Jajo węża / The Serpent's Egg

1978 Jesienna sonata / Höstsonaten / Autumn Sonata

1983 Fanny i Aleksander / Fanny och Alexander / Fanny and Alexander (TV)

2003 Sarabanda / Saraband (TV)

Cast & Crew

director Ingmar Bergman
screenplay Ingmar Bergman
cinematography Stefan Eriksson, Jesper Holmström, Per-Olof Lantto, Sofi Stridh, Raymond Wemmenlöv
editing Sylvia Ingemarsson
music Herbert Blomstedt, Åsa Forsberg, Torleif Thedeen
cast Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Börje Ahlstedt, Julia Dufvenius
producer Pia Ehrnvall
production SVT Fiktion, Danmarks Radio, Norsk Rikskringkasting, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Yleisradio, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, ZDF Enterprises, Network Movie Film-und Fernsehproduktion, Nordiska TV-Samarbetsfonden, Österreichischer Rundfunk, Nordisk Film- & TV-Fond
sales Ambasada Szwecji
language Swedish, English, German
colouration colour