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Film retrospective to celebrate centenary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth


To mark the centenary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth (1918-2007), the Cinematheque of Macedonia is screening a retrospective of his films in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden in Skopje.

The retrospective starts with Bergman’s Summer with Monika (1953), which will be shown on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 pm.

Based on Per Anders Fogelstrom’s 1951 of the same title, Summer with Monika has been described as “subtle but sharply observed […], one of Bergman’s most watchable and rewarding dramas.”

The Swedish TV documentary directed by Marie Nyreröd Bergman Island (2005), which shows the director in his home at the small island Fårö in the Baltic Sea, will screen on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 6 pm.

The Seventh Seal (1957), written and directed by Bergman, will follow at 8 pm. The film has been said to be “90 minutes of iconic imagery, some deep questions and a surprising amount of humor[…] Art with a capital A.”

Trespassing Bergman (2013), directed by Jane Magnusson and Hynek Pallas, will be shown on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 6 pm. The documentary shows Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Harriet Andersson, Pernilla August, Francis Ford Coppola, Wes Craven, Robert De Niro, Michael Haneke, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Isabella Rossellini, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, and Lars von Trier, among others, speaking about the Swedish filmmaker’s enduring legacy.

Bergman’s Wild Strawberries (1957) will screen on Sunday at 8 pm. Touching upon philosophical issues and highlighting its views on introspection and human existence with deftly handled camerawork, Wild Strawberries is considered one of Bergman’s finest and most moving films.

Persona (1966), his most enigmatic, contradictory and experimental movie, will show on Oct. 1 at 8 pm. Next is Autumn Sonata (1978), notable for teaming the director with the other famous but unrelated film Bergman, actress Ingrid Bergman. The movie will screen on Oct. 2 at 8 pm.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Cinematheque will show Fanny and Alexander (1982), Bergman’s semi-autobiographical fairy tale-style film that has won four Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Language Film.

Ending the retrospective on Oct. 4 is Bergman’s final film, Saraband (2003), a sequel to his TV miniseries Scenes from a Marriage (1973), which has influenced filmmakers such as Woody Allen and Richard Linklater.