Searching for Ingmar Bergman
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Festival in Media
Section: Apollo..Ingmar Bergman-100
Country: Germany France
Year: 2018

Searching for Ingmar Bergman

99 minutes/color, b&w




Internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta takes a closer look at Bergman's life and work and explores his film legacy with Bergman's closest collaborators, both in front and behind the camera, as well as a new generation of filmmakers. The documentary presents key scenes, recurring themes in his films and his life, and journeys to the places at the center of Bergman's creative achievement and the focal points of his life such as the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, locations and landscapes from his masterpieces, and the stations from his career in Sweden, France and Germany.


Director: Margarethe von Trotta

Screenplay: Margarethe von Trotta, Felix Moeller

Cinematographer: Börres Weiffenbach

Editing: Bettina Böhler

Producer: Guy Amon, Benjamin Seikel, Stéphane Sorlat



Liv Ullmann, Daniel Bergman, Ingmar Bergman Jr., Olivier Assayas, Ruben Östlund, Stig Björkman, Mia Hansen-Løve, Katinka Faragó, Carlos Saura, Jean-Claude Carrière, Gaby Dohm, Rita Russek, Gunnel Lindblom, Julia Dufvenius



C-Films Germany, Mondex&cie

World sales:

Cinema Management Group (US)



Margarethe von Trotta

Margarethe von Trotta (born 21 February 1942) is a German film director who has been referred to as a "leading force" of the New German Cinema movement. Von Trotta boasts an impressive body of work that has won her awards all over the world in the last forty years. She was married to and collaborated with director Volker Schlöndorff. Although they made a successful team, von Trotta felt she was seen as secondary to Schlöndorff. Subsequently, she established a solo career for herself and became "Germany’s foremost female film director, who has offered the most sustained and successful female variant of Autorenkino in postwar German film history." Certain aspects of von Trotta’s work have been compared to Ingmar Bergman’s features from the 1960s and 1970s.

Von Trotta has been called "the world’s leading feminist filmmaker." The predominant aim of her films is to create new representations of women. Her films are concerned with relationships between and among women (sisters, best friends, etc.), as well as with relationships between women and men, and involve political setting. Nevertheless, she rejects the suggestion that she makes "women’s films".



1975 The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

1978 The Second Awakening of Christa Klages

1979 Sisters, or The Balance of Happiness

1981 Marianne &Juliane

1983 Sheer Madness

1986 Rosa Luxemburg

1988 Three Sisters

1990 L'africana

1993 Il lungosilenzio

1994 Das Versprechen

2003 Rosenstrasse

2006 I Am the Other Woman

2009 Vision

2012 Hannah Arendt

2015 Die abhandene Welt

2017 Forget About Nick

2018 Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Documentary)