Portrait of a complicated artist: ‘Bergman: A Year in a Life’ opens DokuArts in Berlin

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Three and a half years ago, when Henrik von Sydow was approached by director Jane Magnusson to produce a documentary about legendary film director Ingmar Bergman, von Sydow had his doubts. The task seemed insurmountable: summing up a life like Bergman’s in a matter of a few hours of film would not be easy. But the more von Sydow thought about it, the more he realized he couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

Not only was it a chance to examine Bergman, it was an opportunity to investigate a slice of his own family history: his father, Max von Sydow, often worked with Bergman, famously starring in “The Seventh Seal.” So Henrik von Sydow agreed to the challenge and the result, “Bergman: A Year in a Life,” opened the DokuArts festival in Berlin this week.

The film shines a light on 1957, an epic year for Bergman both personally and professionally. We spoke to von Sydow about what it means to make an honest portrayal of a figure some consider problematic. Von Sydow says: “What’s honest is to cover the entire human being with the weak points as well.”


We are giving away tickets to three upcoming screenings at the Doku-Arts Festival between now and October 20. To find out more visit our event page. 


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