Chris (Vicky Krieps) asks the custodians of Ingmar Bergman’s legacy site on Fårö Island: "Do you think you can create a great body of work and raise a family at the same time?" To her partner Tony (Tim Roth), also a filmmaker (a hilariously trashy one fêted with a residency on the island): "Why didn’t he ever once want to explore happiness?"
Mia Hansen-Løve’s questions, of course, aren’t Chris’s, not exactly. Bergman Island isn’t a family film, or a straightforwardly happy one, but a consideration in two parts (one wry, one reckless) of what might come of insular film culture, whether one stands in opposition to it or, as in the island’s theme-park trivialization of Bergman’s work, joins in unquestioning adulation.
"A playful, wistful meta-charmer… [it] doesn’t really pay tribute to Bergman—the people on Fårö have that base amply covered—so much as use his legacy as a jumping-off point."—Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska, Anders Danielsen Lie, Hampus Nordenson, Anki Larsson, Kerstin Brunnberg, Melinda Kinnaman, Stig Björkman
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Mia Hansen-Løve’s films have been screened at many international festivals. Her debut feature, Everything is Forgiven (2007), received the Louis Delluc for Best First Film Prize at Cannes Film Festival. Her next feature film, The Father of My Children (2009), won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section. Hansen-Løve was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Artist at the Berlin Film Festival for The Future (2016), which was also screened at the New York and Telluride Film Festivals.
Everything is Forgiven (2007); The Father of My Children (2007); The Future (2016)