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Ingmar Bergman

Ernst Ingmar Bergman, Uppsala, july 14, 1918 — Fårö, july 30, 2007

love, life and death

Even were possible to split on several layers what we believe know as existence, would be difficult to disagree that the little swedish boy, son of a severe Lutheran pastor, managed in a visceral way to bring up the deepest of them, this one that, many times we prefer to hide from ourselves, for fear or awe to confront the true face to face.

Death: Don't you ever stop asking?
Antonius Block: No. I never stop.

"The Seventh Seal" (Sweden, 1957)
Topics such love, life and death always were present in your works, sometimes under terrain issues where the human psyche are fully responsible for our fears and anxieties, whether in spirituality issues, where the young Bergman blazed — as well as the medieval knight Antonius Block (played by Max von Sydow) in his masterpiece The Seventh Seal (1957) — looking for answers that were never answered, leaving a gap of uncertainty that led him day after day, on the deepest silence, until the final encounter with death, on July 30, 2007, in his precious island of Fårö amid the Baltic Sea.

Get into this passionate bergmanian universe is an one-way ticket. His extensive theatrical and cinematographic work helps us understand how intense and exquisite was his career. And like it, Bergman also will be eternal. - Daniel Santiago

"I hope I never get so old I get religious."

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007)


The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Winter Light, Persona, Cries and Whispers...

Svensk Filmindustri

The Magic Lantern

Raised under strict rules from his father - the Lutheran pastor Erik Bergman - the young Ingmar knew early the meaning of "punishment" and "humiliation".

However, amidst a troubled childhood, a Chistimas gift would change the course of his life forever. Seeing that your brother had just won his so dreamed object of desire, and consumed by envy, Bergman was willing to trade his complete tin soldiers collection by the such cinematographer, called magic lantern, which transformed images in movements. Formed up so, the seed of a career of more than 300 works involving cinema, theater and television.

While studying art and literature at Stockholm University, Bergman began writing several screenplays and operas. Due to the great success of their plays, in 1944, with just only 26 years old — so named artistic director of Helsingborg City Theatre, one of the most important in Europe at the time — we could see his name featured in a film production credits for the first time, subscribing to Tormenta script, a movie directed by Alf Sjöberg.

Theater is the beginning and end and actually everything, while cinema belongs to the whoring and slaughterhouse trade."

Bergman, in announcing his retiring from the theater
In 1946 it's released Crise, his first work as director and screenwriter. The movie is an adaptation from danish theatrical play Moderdryet, of Leck Fischer, and produced by Victor Sjöström, one of the biggest names in the Swedish cinema history and who would become his teacher and mentor, as well as the character Isak Borg, played by him in the classic Wild Strawberries (1957).

Like a spiral, the Bergman's movies, through his extensive filmography, present us themes and reflections that are repeated in new viewpoints and diverse characters. The silence of God, many times gives way to critical relationship between man and woman, beyond to flirt with loneliness and hopelessness.

At last, Saraband (2003) — production for Swedish TV, starring Erland Josephson and Liv Ulmann about the reunion, in old age, of the couple from Scenes from a Marriage (1973) — would become his last audiovisual work.

Discover Fårö

refuge amidst baltic sea

bergman island

Looking for a location to recording Through a Glass Darkly (1961) — a movie that, in the next year, would win the Oscar for Best Foreign Film — that Bergman had his first contact with the remote island of Fårö in 1960, the place that he choose to live by almost 40 years, between comings and goings, until his death.

With just over 600 inhabitants, without banks, post office or police stations, Fårö is one of the small islands that make up the Swedish archipelago, in the north of Gotland, amidst Baltic Sea. The arid soil, unique rock formations — created by erosion during the Ice Age — strong winds, inflexibles, served as scenario for important films of its most illustrious resident, like Persona (1966), Shame (1968), En Passion (1969) and Cries and Whispers (1972).
Heaven or hell, the island was backdrop for diferents questions presents in director's life.

If one wished to be solemn, it could be said that I had found my landscape, my real home. If one wished to be funny, one could talk about love at first sight."

Bergman about Fårö in his autobiography The Magic Lantern
Even more reclusive in his last years — as we can seen in the Marie Nyreröd's documentary, The island of Bergman (2006) — Bergman spent days without speaking to anyone or even answer the phone, keeping a daily routine, like walking around the island, writing and watching at least three hours of movies in his private movie theater.

His body is buried in Fårö Kyrkogård, near to the local church, beside his last wife, Ingrid von Rosen (1930 — 1995). His tombstone is the furthest from the cemetery, facing the sea.

Fårö (Gotland, Sweden)
Area: 113,3 km²
Max length: 18 km
See map

Bergman Week

bergmancenter, fårö

Tribute to Ingmar Bergman

Since 2004, at the peak of Swedish summer, Fårö turns into one of the main places to meeting for cinephiles of all the world. Admirers and passionates by the director join annually during Bergman Week to attends events, lectures, watch again their works and discuss the legacy left by him.

Despite to often participate and even choose movies to display at the week in his honor - as japanese Akira Kurosawa's classic, Rashomon (1950) and Day and Night (2004), from danish Staho Simon - Bergman just allowed the event existed with the only condition that curious and tourists not importunate him or even came closer to his house.

The Bergmancenter Foundation, current organizer of Bergman Week, is also responsible for maintaining the Bergman Museum, which diffuse and promote the life and Bergman's work. Besides the exhibition room, there is the traditional Smultronstället Coffee and the Bergman's Safari, a kind of ride to take visitors to the places on Fårö island that served of scenarios to his films.

In 2014, Bergmancenter was named "Treasure of European Film Culture", title that is given to places that have some historical value in favor of cinema and should be preserved for the future generations. Nowadays, the institution is directed by the brazilian Helen Beltrame-Linné, and atracts increasingly visitors from different countries.

For a complete schedule of the Bergman Week and more details about the Museum, visit

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