Bergman reveals another daughter

A book recently released in Sweden has caused quite a stir in the literary and gossip pages. It seems that a rich, famous filmmaker has had an affair. Stop the presses.

Director Ingmar Bergman and his stepdaughter Maria von Rosen have written a book together, released by Nordstedts this week as “Tre dagböcker” (Three Diaries). The book is ostensibly based on the diaries of Ingmar and Ingrid Bergman and Maria von Rosen from the time that Ingrid was diagnosed with stomach cancer until her death in 1995, and the family’s experience of living through the illness.

The book’s major revelation, as far as the evening papers are concerned, is all about Ingmar and Maria. It turns out that Ingmar isn’t her stepfather – he’s her father! It’s a bit hard to follow, but this excerpt from Dagens Nyheter’s coverage of the scandal should clear things up:

“Maria von Rosen was 22 years old and had been close to Ingmar Berman for nearly ten years when he told her that she, his wife Ingrid’s youngest daughter from an earlier marriage, was in reality his own daughter.”

It seems that Ingmar and Ingrid, both married to others when they met in 1959, couldn’t quite keep their hands off each other. In her interview with Dagens Nyheter von Rosen explained how, after her father told her the truth, “a lot of puzzle pieces fell into place”.

Like most people, von Rosen always felt a bit outside of the family, a bit different. But unlike most people, she’s now found a jolly good reason – and quite a bit of press for the book she and her father wrote together.

“Tre dagböcker” was released in Swedish October 18. No word yet as to whether an English translation is forthcoming.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter

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A front-line Swedish nurse is getting some Covid downtime with a week of private screenings of the Gothenburg film festival, in a former lighthouse off the country's west coast.

How a Swedish film festival is offering a nurse downtime during pandemic
Competition winner Lisa Enroth.

More than 12,000 candidates from 45 countries applied to watch the festival's films in almost near isolation on an island 400 kilometres (250 miles) from Stockholm.

The prize is a week viewing as many of the festival's 70 premieres as they like in a hotel in the former Pater Noster Lighthouse. But they will be in isolation and will have no access to their own computer or laptop.

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The bright-red lighthouse, built on a tiny island off Sweden's west coast in 1868, is surrounded by a scattering of squat, red buildings originally built to house the lighthouse keeper's family. It can only be reached by boat or helicopter, depending on the weather.

After a series of interviews and tests, festival organisers chose emergency nurse and film buff Lisa Enroth for the prize, in keeping with the 2021 festival's theme, Social Distances.

Before boarding a small speedboat out to the island on the clear, chill winter's morning, Enroth said she had applied not only out of her love for the cinema, but also to seek respite from her hectic work as an emergency nurse during the pandemic.

“It has been hectic, so it's a nice opportunity just to be able to land and to reflect over the year,” she said.

Months working amid Covid crisis

Sweden, which has taken a light-touch approach to the pandemic compared to its neighbours, has been facing a stronger than expected second wave of the virus. So far, more than 11,500 people have died from Covid-19 across the country.

Enroth works in the emergency ward of a hospital in Skovde in central Sweden. Since the start of the pandemic, her hospital's work caring for virus patients on top of their regular workload has been intense.

Lisa Enroth on her way to the remote festival location. Photo: AFP

“We had a lot of Covid cases during this year and every patient that has been admitted to the hospital has been passing through the emergency ward,” she told journalists.

The organisers said they were surprised by the numbers of applicants for the prize but were confident they had chosen the right candidate — not only for her love of cinema.

“She has also dedicated this past year in the frontline against the Covid-19 pandemic,” the festival's creative director Jonas Holmberg said to AFP.

“That's also one of the reasons we chose her”. 

Isolated screenings

Boarding the boat dressed in a thick survival suit, Enroth sped over the calm, icy waters, jumping off in the island's tiny harbour and disappearing into her lodgings.

A screen has been set up in the lantern room at the top of the windswept island's lighthouse, offering a 360-degree view of the sea and coastline around.

Another wide screen has been set up in one of the island's buildings.

Enroth will also have a tablet and headphones if she wants to watch films elsewhere on the island, which measures just 250 metres by 150 metres.

With only one other person staying permanently on the island — a safety precaution — Enroth's only contact with the outside world will be through her video diary about the films she has viewed.

The festival's films will be shown online and two venues in Gothenburg itself will allow screenings for just one person at a time.

Holmberg, the festival's creative director, said he hoped events like these would maintain interest in the industry at a time when many screens are closed because of pandemic restrictions.

“We are longing so much to come back to the cinemas and in the meantime we have to be creative and do the things that we can to create discussion,” he told journalists.