With this week's Thursday Movie Classic, we naturally continue our Cannes Film Festival theme. The documentary SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN, is a film which, through clips from films and conversations with actors, family and director colleagues, portrays the Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman.
Bergman has been hailed as the best film director ever. He is famous for expanding the film language, and his influence on filmmakers continues to this day. In this film, the internationally acclaimed director Margarethe von Trotta takes a closer look at Bergman's life and work. She explores his cinematic legacy with Bergman's closest collaborators, both in front of and behind the camera, as well as a new generation of filmmakers. The documentary presents key scenes, recurring themes in his films and lives and leads us to places that are central to Bergman's artistic achievements.
The film and its director, Margarethe von Trotta, were nominated for a Golden Eye at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. Von Trotta has previously been nominated for two Palme d'Or at Cannes and this nomination thus became her third.
The film's main character himself, Ingmar Bergman, has been nominated for 13 awards at the Cannes Film Festival over time and won eight of them - including in 1998 where he received the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for his entire work.
SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN is thus something as special as a Cannes nominated film, made by a Cannes nominated director ABOUT another Cannes winning director. And as a final twist to the story, the film had its world premiere at - you guessed it - the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.