Afraid of the ghost of Ingmar Bergmann

Since 2015, she has spent a few weeks of summer on the Swedish island of Fårö for five years, says Franco-Danish director Mia Hansen Love. On the island where Bergman immersed himself after the shooting of Like in a dark mirror She continued to live in 1960 she wrote Bergmann Island† In this film, the Swedish cinema legend presents an invisible and somewhat frightening presence beyond the horizon. Fog at night.

“When I visited Fårö in 2017, I wanted to spend a night alone at Bergman’s house,” says Hansen-Løve in Cannes, where her film will be showing for the first time. That evening, she made a documentary in which old Bergman talks about his belief in ghosts. Suddenly I realized I was looking at the same chair he was talking in. The hair on the back of my neck stopped. That night I just slept in a bed and breakfast. A scary moment, but also stimulating.” A colleague says it’s a shame she didn’t stay the night. It must have gotten fun. Hansen Love, semi-quivering: “You never know with ghosts. Perhaps he would say: How dare you? “

Bergmann Island It is a biographical feature film. Just think: Two filmmakers are taking a working sabbatical in Fårö to work on their screenplays. To Tony (Tim Roth), this feels like a filling exercise, Chris (Vicky Krebs) struggles and doubts. Tony in his fifties, relaxed, absent, attentive, understanding: utterly elusive. Chris is in his thirties, introverted, affable and annoying about it. Why didn’t Tony let her read his screenplays? Why never ask her for advice? He smiles: “That would be bad luck.” Heartbreaking, like this guy. Not even worth arguing with.

It’s tough Bergmann IslandThe seventh feature film by 41-year-old Mia Hansen Love can be viewed separately from her relationship with director Olivier Assayas (62), which ended in 2016. But it’s different than you think, she says when asked. And leave it like that. The relationship between artist, artwork, life, and script is ambivalent or even fractious. This is the theme Bergmann Island, a film that came to her during a tour of Fårö by Hampus Nordenson in 2017, a year after her divorce from Assayas. Hampus himself shows director Chris in the movie Bergman the locations where the tour bus – Bergman Safari – never passes. “Hampus gave me, so to speak, the keys to the island, and opened all sorts of doors in my mind.”

Although that tour also went very differently from the movie, Hansen-Løve continues. naturally. Bergmann Island Full of Droste effects. At one point, Chris tells Toni about her script, after which a movie within the movie unfolds about Amy (Mia Wasikowska) meeting ex Joseph (Anders Danielsen Lee) at a wedding on a Swedish island. They once had a violent relationship, and they were very young at the time. Now Amy clings to Joseph, realizing that it is too late. He loves her and he doesn’t, she hates her manic dependence. It’s a very emotional part of a movie that feels like a warm summer breeze. You suspect that the relationship between directors Chris and Tony will fizzle out. Sadness without tears Amy.

Bergmann Island It marks a new turn for Mia Hansen-Løve, whose focus is on factual films that leave a lot of unstated and implied films. As a filmmaker, she is the antithesis of Ingmar Bergman, in which emotions run wild and are verbally digging to the root. Mia Hansen-Love is such a huge fan of him that you suspect anyone who has seen anything of him is. “I’ve been a film critic for a while but have never been able to properly express the power of his creations. His films are about integrity, unity, independence, and how Bergman seeks the truth without compromise. Bergman is known for being strict, strict, and ruthless to the point of brutality. But his films are very entertaining. And it has a very strong rhythm.”

script Bergmann Island I wrote at his house. “But in the kitchen, I did not dare to work behind his desk. Perhaps it is intrinsically feminine to make yourself so small. But that is how it went.”

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