The Swedish Institute will be focusing on Ingmar Bergman during the centennial year, in cooperation with the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, the Swedish Film Institute and Swedish public service television, SVT. Closely involved in the celebrations will be Sweden’s cultural attachés and other officers responsible for culture at the various embassies, where there is widespread interest.
The Swedish Institute’s principal contribution will take the form of a film package with a selection of the leading cinema classics directed by Bergman, translated into languages in which the films have not all been available in the past. SI is also producing an extended toolkit as an aid in the embassies’ exhibition activities. It will present various aspects of this iconic filmmaker’s work and show how his legacy lives on and is inspiring today’s artists and designers.
Bergman produced films for the cinema from the mid-1940s until 1983, after which he worked mainly for TV. He produced not only drama but also commercials, documentaries, and dance and opera films. During his career he produced around 60 films and over 170 stage productions, and wrote about a hundred books and articles.
Bergman observed and made skillful use of advances in film and TV media and became a legend well before his career ended. His standing has by no means diminished since, and his work continues to inspire and influence present-day creators in various fields. Bergman’s creative work as a filmmaker ranks amongst the most important of the 20th century.