The Berlinale has announced that its 2011 Retrospective will be devoted to Ingmar Bergman.
The Swedish master, who died in 2007, directed more than 60 works. He won Berlin’s Golden Bear in 1958 for Wild Strawberries.
“Ingmar Bergman’s artistic productivity was astonishing. Over the decades he created a body of work that was at all times convincing in the way it took a clear and fresh look at the many facets of human behaviour. His films are highlights of European auteur cinema, and their stylistic and moral consistency are still exemplary today,” said Retrospective director Rainer Rother, who is also artistic director of the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen.
“Ingmar Bergman’s versatility is just as extraordinary as his courage to break social taboos,” added Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick. “Unlike almost any other filmmaker, he shows how conflicted modern man feels towards life. Ingmar Bergman’s films are part of the Berlinale’s history and I’m delighted the Retrospective will be honouring this great filmmaker.”
The Retrospective will present all of Bergman’s own films for the screen as well as a sample of his works as a screenwriter.
In addition to well-known works such as The Seventh Seal and Fanny and Alexander, the programme will also show lesser-known works from the 1940s and 1950s including To Joy and Frenzy (he wrote the screenplay for the latter.)
The festival will also show the Bergman documentaries made by Stig Bjorkman.
A series of lectures and panels will also be held and the Filmhaus at Potsdamer Platz will host the exhibition Ingmar Bergman – Thruth and Lies.