With the participation of Liv Ullmann and commentaries by prominent filmmakers like Woody Allen, Olivier Assayas, Bernardo Bertolucci, Arnaud Desplechin, John Sayles, Martin Scorsese and Lars von Trier, who consider Bergman has been and continues to be a fundamental influence on them, the film presents a portrayal of the artist who, in every project he started, confronted a new challenge for himself and for those who worked with him.
In 2011, Stig Björkman meets with Ingrid Bergman’s daughter, Isabella Rossellini, who proposes that he “make a film about Mama,” incorporating private archives, notes, letters, diaries, and interviews with her children, this documentary presents a personal portrait, offering viewers a vision of the remarkable life of a young Swedish woman who won three Academy Awards and became one of world’s most famous actresses.
At the beginning of the 1950s, Ingmar Bergman bought a movie camera, a 9.5 mm Bell & Howell, which he often used both privately and in his work. This documentary presents these films and reveals the different facets of one of the most important directors of all time. Fragments of interviews and commentaries by Bergman himself are included along with these images. To Bergman the film studio was his playground.
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