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Bergman Island— Digital Second Screening (2021)

  • Gala Presentations, Directed by Women, Drama
  • 1h 52m
  • France


For legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, cinema served as a stage for hauntings of the soul and battles against psychological and spiritual demons, while the latest film by prolific French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve tackles adjacent themes of memory and inspiration in a decidedly lighter register. Bergman Island is a melancholic meditation on love and artistic creation, starring a phenomenal Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth (also at the Festival in The Survivor and Sundown, respectively) as Chris and Tony. The film begins as the couple — both filmmakers — arrives to Fårö, the Baltic island where Bergman lived and shot some of his greatest films, and which has, unsurprisingly, evolved into a kind of cinephile theme park (“Don’t miss the Bergman safari!”). Tony’s work is fêted at their artist residency while Chris struggles with her screenplay and the two, despite a tender rapport, seem to be at an unspoken impasse, navigating romantic malaise and subtle professional enmity under the spell of the stunning island and Bergman’s legacy.

A film at once personal, intimate, and expansive, with shades of autofiction, Bergman Island sets up a number of parallels as life and art begin to blend in a nested narrative that lays bare the vulnerabilities of desire. Namely, we see Chris’s in-development script come to life: a bittersweet love story starring Mia Wasikowska as Amy, a young filmmaker and obvious alter ego to Chris, who is reunited with her first love Joseph (Anders Danielsen Lie; also at the Festival in The Worst Person In The World) at a mutual friend’s wedding on the same remote island. With its seamless and elegant mise en abyme resulting in two intertwined fictions, Bergman Island is buoyed by a superb cast, its breezy tone, and Hansen-Løve’s lyrical and assured direction in one of her finest films to date.

Director

Mia Hansen-Løve

International Sales Agent

Kinology

Screenwriter

Mia Hansen-Løve

US Distributor

IFC Films

Primary External Publicist

Cinetic Media

Executive Producer

Lourenço Sant'Anna

Producer

Martin Rohé

Producer

Geneviève Lemal

Producer

Olivier Père

Producer

Rémy Burah

Producer

Erik Hemmendorff

Producer

Rodrigo Teixeira

Cinematographer

Denis Lenoir

Production Designer

Mikael Varhelyi

Sound

Paul Heymans

Producer

Dietmar Guntsche

Executive Producer

Sophie Mas

Executive Producer

Carmem Maia

Executive Producer

Gustavo Rosa de Moura

Primary External Publicist

IFC Films

Language

English

Captions

English