Bergman Island

VIFF Centre Screening

Filmmaking couple Chris (Vicky Krieps, from Phantom Thread) and Tony (Tim Roth) are on a writers’ retreat on the island of Faro, home of the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman (a legacy the islanders both exploit and resent). Tony is being feted by the local festival, while Chris stuggles with her script. Inevitably the shadow of Bergman hangs over their work and their relationship (and by extension, Mia Hansen-Løve’s film), though in truth the island is surprisingly sunny and beautiful. Intuitively Chris begins to find her subject, a tale about a woman who comes to Faro for a wedding, and rekindles a romance with her first love…

Mia Hansen-Løve (Things to Come; Eden; Goodbye First Love) has perfected the art of drifting, almost imperceptibly, into a movie. There is an authenticity and naturalness about her work which is highly responsive to environment, and which makes Faro a fruitful location for this film, which is in part a reflection on the prevailing influence on Bergman (whom Tony and Chris both admire, but in significantly different ways) but equally importantly a highly nuanced portrait of two relationships, the one Chris is living, and the one she imagines for her film-within-the-film.

"A rare and remarkable movie… Bergman Island is a heart-stoppingly poignant stunner." David Ehrlich, Indiewire

"A searching exploration of reality and art in the way they mirror, propel and feed on one another, washing ashore remembrances both dreamy and lifelike." Tomris Laffly, Rogerebert.com

"Incredibly well-observed and surprising." Chandler Levack, Globe and Mail

Director Icon Director
Mia Hansen-Løve

 
Cast
Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska, Anders Danielsen Lie, Hampus Nordenson, Anki Larsson, Kerstin Brunnberg, Melinda Kinnaman, Stig Björkman
Executive Producer Sophie Mas, Lourenco Sant’anna, Carmem Maia, Gustavo Rosa De Moura
Producer Charles Gillibert, Rodrigo Teixeira
Screenwriter Mia Hansen-Løve
Cinematographer Denis Lenoir
Editor Marion Monnier
Music Robin Williamson
France/Belgium/Germany/Sweden 2021 102 min. Website & Trailer | Review

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