Mantaray Film

Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words (2015)

Cannes-awarded, paying a tribute to Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman and celebrating the centenary of her birth, comes this feature documentary by director Stig Björkman with voice over by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander. 

In spring 2011, director Stig Björkman meets Ingrid Bergman’s daughter Isabella Rossellini and she suggests him to ”make a film about Mama”. Through Isabella, Stig is able to tell Ingrid’s story through her own words and images.

Seven time Academy Award nominee and three time Academy Award winner Ingrid Bergman was one of the most talented actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age with great performances in films such as CASABLANCA (1942), GASLIGHT (1944) and AUTUMN SONATA (1978) .

Through never-before-seen private footage, notes, letters, diaries and interviews with her children, this documentary presents a personal portrait and captivating look behind the scenes of the remarkable life of a young Swedish girl who became one of the most celebrated actresses of American and World cinema.


DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Some years ago I had a chance meeting with Isabella Rossellini, the daughter of Ingrid Bergman, and she presented me with a most direct proposition: ”Shall we make a film about ‘mama’?” I saw this as a most challenging project, and when I later got access to her rich posthumous work - diaries, letters, photographs, amateur movies - my appreciation of Ingrid Bergman as a strong and most determined artist grew even bigger .

With INGRID BERGMAN – In Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid.) I’ve tried to make a rich and multi-colored portrait of this extraordinary human being, based to a large extent on her own offerings, her opinions as expressed in her private diaries and self-made amateur movies, her art as documented in films over more than four decades. And I have called in people close to her - her children - to witness about her life and her great offerings to all of us who have only gotten to know her from the silver screen .

Stig Björkman 2015


EXCERPT FROM INGRID'S DIARY
 

I’m going to keep this diary and hide it away forever. I’m 14 years, two months and three days old.
I was born on the twenty-ninth of August 1915.
My parents were Friedel Adler and Justus Bergman.

I was baptised Ingrid.
I was spirited, irritating, stubborn and wild.

Ingrid Bergman 1929 

 

FESTIVAL SELECTION

19 May, World Premiere, Cannes Film Festival, France

13-21 June, Shanghai International Film Festival, China

27 June - 4 July, Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, Italy

8-26 July, Scandinavian Film Festival, Australia

9-19 July, Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel/Palestine

15, 30 July, Cinémathèque française, France

8-16 August, Dokufest, Kosovo

27 August-7 September, Montreal World Film Festival, Canada

4-7 September, Telluride Film Festival, USA

24 September-11 Oktober, Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada

25 September-9 Oktober, New York Film Festival, USA

8 - 9 October , Vancouver International Film Festival, USA - Most Popular International Documentary Award

 

12 October, Mill Valley Film Festival, USA

17 October, Astoria International Film Festival, USA - Best international Documentary Award

 

18-29 November, IDFA, The Netherlands



 


PRESS COVERAGE, A SELECTION

A New Domain: New York Film Festival 2015: Films to See, Films to Avoid

Review in Playlist/Indiewire, A-: Stig Björkman's Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words

Review in Examiner.com, 5/5 stars: Stig Bjorkman's I Am Ingrid' mesmerizes 68th Cannes Film Festival

FilmNews UK: Rossellini: My mother is everywhere

StarTribune: CANNES WATCH: Isabella Rossellini presents Cannes documentary about her mother, Ingrid Bergman

Reuters: Ingrid Bergman had made peace with America, says daughter Rossellini

Cannes Classics' ‘Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words' Set to Travel

Ingrid Bergman centenary: Why the Casablanca star's extraordinary career continues to shine on

Classic Driver: Ferrari pays homage to Ingrid Bergman

IndieWire - Watch: Ingrid Bergman Leaves Hollywood in Exclusive Clip From Cannes Documentary 'In Her Own Words'

The Hollywood Reporter - Ingrid Bergman Graces Official 68th Cannes Film Festival Poster

IndieWire - Cannes 2015 Poste Sends a Love Letter to Ingrid Bergman

Cannes Film Festival - It's Poster Time at the Festival de Cannes!

                     

Production Facts

Duration: 115/58 min
Director: Stig Björkman
Producer: Stina Gardell
Editor: Dominika Daubenbüchel

Composer: Michael Nyman
Voice: Alicia Vikander
Head of Archive: Frida Neema Järnbert
Archive Researcher: Jonas Goldmann
Cinematographer: Malin Korkeasalo
Cinematographer Super 8: Eva Dahlgren
Sound: Mario Adamson / Jonas Goldman
Associate Producer: Anna Weitz
Economy: Pär Lindström
Production Company: Mantaray Film AB

Genre: Documentary
Languages: English, Italian, French, Swedish 
Duration: 114 min

World premiere at Cannes Film Festival May 19, 2015
Swedish theathrical release 28 August 2015.

A Co-production with ZDF in collaboration with ARTE, Jonas Gardell Produktion, Spellbound Capital and Filminvestering in Örebro through Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen, SVT, Chimney Pot, Henrik Johnsson, Annica och Bo Uddenäs, YLE and NTR with support by The Swedish Film Institute, Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Swedish Arts Grants Committee. With support of the Creative Europe Programme - Media of the European Union.

Excerpts from Ingrid Bergman's private footage / Wesleyan University Cinema Archives.

 

SCANDINAVIAN, ICELANDIC & BALTIC SALES

NonStop Entertainment / +46 840 01 00 00 / info@nonstopentertainment .com 

 

FESTIVAL CONTACT

Swedish Film Institute / sara.ruster@sfi.se / +46 8 665 11 00 / www.sfi.se

 

WORLD SALES

TrustNordisk / +45 36 86 87 88 / info@trustnordisk.com 

 

PRESS CONTACTS

Swedish Press:

Hera PR & Kommunikation  
Ebba Bjelkholm, ebba@herapr.se, +46707549943

Contact Head of Communication/Head of Press at Mantaray Film:

Cinema Sweden, Ylva Swedenborg /+46708983848 / ylva@cinemasweden.com

 

DISTRIBUTORS

Sweden: NonStop Entertainment -  info@nonstopentertainment.com

Denmark: Miracle Film Distribution- jes@miraclefilm.dk

Norway: Another World Entertainmen Norway A/S t - marius@anotherworldent.com

Finland: Atlantic - jenni@atlanticfilm.fi

France, UK, Canada, Germany, Austria: Pretty Pictures - jvelaise@prettypictures.fr

Italy: Cinema Srl - rachel@cinemasrl.com

US: Rialto Pictures - rialtonyc@gmail.com

Australia: Transmission Films -richard@transmissionfilms.com.au, matts@transmissionfilms.com.au

Brazil: Zeta Filmes - czumbo@ciudad.com.ar

Japan: Tohokushinsha Film Corporation -  akasaki-k@tfc.co.jp

South Korea: Challan - annyshow@naver.com

Taiwan: Momentum