During 2018 (and more specifically tomorrow, Saturday 14 July) the world is celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of Ingmar Bergman: one of the most important filmmakers in the history of cinema and no doubt a major landmark in the history of the Valladolid International Film Festival, where the Swede’s work first landed in Spain with the premiere in 1960 of The Seventh Seal. In that edition of SEMINCI, the latter film won the festival’s top prize (then called the Golden Labarum). In later editions, Bergman would harvest two more awards at Valladolid, respectively for his films The Virgin Spring (1961) and The Communicants (1966). From then on, the film work by the Swedish master filmmaker became a regular fixture in the several sections and retrospectives of the Valladolid Film Festival.
The upcoming 63rd edition will join the worldwide centennial tribute by screening the following titles on Sunday 21 October:
- Searching for Ingmar Bergman, a documentary film directed by Margarethe von Trotta and showing in this year’s Official Section. This is a highly personal work where the German director recounts her intimate relation with Bergman’s cinema ever since she first watched The Seventh Seal. As yet unreleased in Spain, the film includes the testimonies of von Trotta herself together with others by Liv Ullmann, Jean Claude Carrière, Carlos Saura, Olivier Assayas, Mia Hansen-Lovey or the Swedish director Stig Björkman, who has also authored books and documentaries on Bergman.
- Bergman – A Year in a Life, also a documentary feature directed and narrated by Jane Magnusson, who zooms in on the year 1957, when Bergman reached the summit of his fame and creative power by directing two of his best known movies: The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries. The film features about 40 testimonies from people who worked with or where otherwise related to Bergman, including Liv Ullmann, Lena Endre and Barbra Streisand; actors Elliott Gould and Thorsten Flinck; or film director Lars von Trier, among many others.
- Finally, a special screening will be scheduled of the digitally restored version of Bergman’s masterpiece The Seventh Seal.
SEMINCI’s tribute will likewise include the screening of the musical medium-length film and audiovisual installation Aiòn# oo1_DCP version, a work by Marco Rocca (Mar Core) dedicated to Ingmar Bergman and the great cinematographer Sven Nykvist. This piece includes the Italian artist’s live performance where he combined excerpts from films directed by Bergman in the 1960s and his own digital music.