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'The world is fascinated': Sweden marks Ingmar Bergman centenary

Ingmar Bergman receiving the European film prize. Photo: Elke Bruhn-Hoffmann/AP/TT

Published: 20.Oct.2017 07:50 hrs

Swedish film legend Ingmar Bergman, whose tales of anguished love and loneliness made him one of the 20th century's leading directors, is back in the spotlight with a series of events to mark the centenary of his birth.

Bergman, who died in 2007 at the age of 89, would have turned 100 on July 14th, 2018.

To celebrate the occasion, the Ingmar Bergman Foundation has launched a year of festivities around the world.

His plays will be staged in numerous cities, and French, German and Swedish documentaries about the filmmaker -- who was tormented by childhood, women and death -- are to hit screens. Retrospectives, seminars and exhibitions will also be organised.

"Can you imagine, 60 remakes" of his plays have been staged so far, actress Liv Ullmann, one of Bergman's muses and his onetime romantic partner, told AFP in a telephone interview.

"By next year, there'll be up to a hundred of them. That means the world is fascinated... They feel that Ingmar has something to say," said the 78-year-old, who starred in Bergman's films "Pehttps://www.thelocal.se/voices/view/hidden-bergman-masterpiece-to-hit-swedish-screensrsona" (1966), "Shame" (1968) and "Autumn Sonata" (1978).

She also directed "Faithless" in 2000, based on Bergman's script.

Some of Bergman's previously unpublished writings, including notebooks, drawings and collages, will also be released. A feverish writer, his diaries are full of doodles, notes and reflections.

'Closer to his words' 

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