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Festival in Media
Section: Apollo..Ingred Bergman-100
Country: Sweden Denmark, Norway, Finland
Year: 2004

Autumn Sonata

99 minutes/Color



The warm autumnal hues of a house on a lake give a false, perhaps wished-for sense of security to the setting, the home of a pastor and his wife, Eva. Very soon the steely tone of love avoided, attempted, and denied overrides all hope.

The arrival of Eva's mother, a world-traveling concert pianist, for their first meeting in seven years occasions a near-complete opening out of feelings by daughter and mother. Near complete, for Ingrid Bergman subtly portrays the mother's love, grief, and guilt. Bergman uses a formal combination of flashback tableau and piercing close-up to answer the daughter's worst fear-that her grief is her mother's secret pleasure.


Director: Ingmar Bergman

Screenplay: Ingmar Bergman

Cinematographer: Sven Nykvist

Editing: Sylvia Ingemarsson



Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann, Lena Nyman, Halvar Björk



Personafilm, Filmédis, Incorporated Television Company (ITC), Suede Film

World Sales:

Svensk Filmindustri, New World Pictures