Von Trotta’s ‘Searching for Ingmar Bergman’ to show at Cannes Classics

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Film Still © Margarethe von Trotta with Liv Ullmann © Börres Weiffenbach

24 April 2018 | News Release | German Films

The German director Margarethe von Trotta has also been invited to the Croisette this year. Her documentary SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN (DE/FR, C-Films (Germany)) will have its world premiere in the Cannes Classics sidebar of the 71st Festival de Cannes (8 – 19 May 2018), which shows historically important films.

This was announced by the festival.

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Ingmar Bergman, who was awarded several Oscars and the “Palm of Palms” Honorary Prize in Cannes in 1997, is regarded as one of the most important filmmakers of all time.

He would have turned 100 in 2018. On this occasion, the internationally renowned German director Margarethe von Trotta (HANNAH ARENDT) takes a closer look at the work and person of Ingmar Bergman in a personal homage.

They first met in Munich in 1977, and von Trotta later learnt that Bergman had placed her film MARIANNE AND JULIANE on the list of his 11 favourite films alongside Fellini, Kurosawa, Chaplin and other giants of cinema.

Margarethe von Trotta sets off in her first documentary on a journey through various countries, immerses herself in the Bergman universe, visits close collaborators and original locations to find out what was typical for Bergman.

And she speaks with family members, the actresses of his films and Bergman experts. His complex female characters and a fresh interpretation of his masterpieces are the key elements of this quest.

Moreover, she poses the question in conversation with such directors as Carlos Saura, Olivier Assayas, Ruveb Östlund or Mia Hansen-Løve: what significance does Bergman have for today’s generation of filmmakers? What is his legacy?

Internationally renowned director Margarethe von Trotta takes a closer look at Bergman’s life and work and explores his film legacy with Bergman’s closest collaborators, both in front and behind the camera, as well as a new generation of filmmakers.

The documentary presents key scenes, recurring themes in his films and his life, and journeys to the places at the center of Bergman’s creative achievement and the focal points of his life such as the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, locations and landscapes from his masterpieces, and the stations from his career in Sweden and Germany. Explore the many layers of Bergman’s work and life with “Searching for INGMAR BERGMAN”.


  • Liv Ullmann (Persona, Cries and Whispers)
  • Mia Hansen-Løve (Things to Come)
  • Daniel Bergman & Ingmar Bergman, Jr. (Bergman’s sons)
  • Stig Björkman (Author of Bergman on Bergman)
  • Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper)
  • Ruben Östlund (The Square)
  • Carlos Saura (Carmen, Cria Cuervos)
  • Jean-Claude Carrière (Belle de Jour)


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Watch: Margarethe von Trotta as a feminist filmmaker


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Watch: Margarethe von Trotta. History and Cinema. 2017 Margarethe von Trotta at The European Graduate School / EGS. Valletta, Malta. October 24th, 2017. Public open lecture for the students of the Division of Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought.

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Watch: Margarethe von Trotta Interview: A Group of Rebels Award-winning film director Margarethe von Trotta – who has worked closely with the legendary directors Fassbinder and Schlöndorff – here shares the story of her winding road to becoming one of the leading contemporary German filmmakers.


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