Svensk Filmindustri (SF) has boarded legendary Swedish director Ingmar Bergman's new picture Saraband.

The film, previously titled Anna, is a long-delayed sequel to Bergman's classic 1973 drama Scenes From A Marriage. Marainne decides to contact her ex-husband Johan after many years of estrangement, they rekindle an autumnal romance, but both are haunted by the lost presence of Anna, a young woman no love can bring back.

Bergman has reunited Liv Ullman, Erland Josephson Borje Ahlstedt and Julia Dufvenius and will start shooting from September with delivery scheduled for Spring 2003.

The new picture is being made as a TV movie - Bergman officially retired from feature films after 1996's Fanny & Alexander - but is likely to be seen on theatrical release in many territories. Saraband is being produced by SVT Fiktion, the drama department of Swedish broadcaster SVT. Co-producers include ZDF, ARTE, NRK, RAI and YLE.

The original Scenes From A Marriage was also made as a TV six-parter