Searching for Ingmar Bergman
In this beautifully crafted and moving memoir, Margarethe von Trotta recalls the inspiration she found in the work of Ingmar Bergman: his films triggered her decision to become a director and guided many of her creative decisions over her long career.
Von Trotta began as an actor in films with Schlondorff (with whom she co-directed two films) and Fassbinder, before becoming a solo director in 1978. She went on to direct many international award winners including Sisters - or the Balance of Happiness, Rosa Luxemburg, Rosenstrasse and most recently Hannah Arendt.
In this reflective documentary she makes creative use of a wealth of fascinating home-movie footage of Bergman, meets some of his former collaborators (including Liv Ullmann, Gunnel Lindblom and his sons Daniel and Ingmar Jnr) and talks with a new generation of Danish filmmakers.
Preceded by: Ada (2002, 7 mins), a miniature animated film by festival guest Lee Whitmore evoking memories of childhood.
Australian premiere, presented in association with the Friends of the NFSA
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