1957 was an important year for Ingmar Bergman, mainly because that was when The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries premiered, which earned him a place in cinematic pantheon of the time. Jane Magnusson's documentary focuses on this moment in his career, but it also deals with the years that led up to that moment and the period that followed, covering, in fact, the director's entire life. The portrait that emerges from the meandering narrative is surprisingly ambivalent. On the one hand, Bergman is presented as a great artist, rightly admired and rewarded. On the other hand, issues related to his difficult character are taken up again and again: his mythomania, egoism, despotism and tendency for betrayal. In short, the film gives us something more than yet another two-dimensional puff piece.
Jane Magnusson is a Swedish journalist, film critic, screenwriter and director. She was born in Mölnlycke in 1968 and grew up in the United States, Singapore and Hong Kong. She studied at Brown University in the United States. She has directed both documentary and feature films.
2012 Bergmans video (TV, doc., co-dir.)
2013 Więcej niż Bergman / Trespassing Bergman (doc., co-dir.)
2014 Babeczka / Cupcake (short)
2016 Christina Lindberg: The Original Eyepatch Wearing Butt Kicking Movie Babe (TV, doc., co-dir.)
2018 Vox Lipoma (anim., short)
2018 Bergman – rok z życia / Bergman: A Year in a Life (doc.)