Ingmar Bergman – Herr der Dämonen
A film by Henrike Sandner
Commissioning Editor: Wolfgang Horn
Producer: Leopold Hoesch
Documentary film, 60 min.
A production by Broadview TV on behalf of ZDF/3sat
The Swedish theatre and film director Ingmar Bergman left a significant mark on the cinema. In 2018, he would have celebrated his 100th birthday. In Henrike Sandner’s documentary “Ingmar Bergmann – Herr der Dämonen”, the most important of his friends and companions, among them the actor Liv Ullmann, have their say. Corinna Harfouch lends the film her voice as speaker. The film also features excerpts from his most significant works for cinema and theatre, because Bergman, who was honoured as the “Best director of all times” in Cannes, can only be truly understood through his work.
His work, however, was deeply impacted by his private life. Relationships in Ingmar Bergman’s life were seldom stable and often short-lived. As a father, he was absent, selfish and inconsiderate. This made him feel guilty, but his only response to this guilt was to escape into his imagination. “I was always plagued by desire, fear, anxiety and a guilty conscience”, Bergman said about himself. To a certain extent, his films and theatre productions allowed him to master the demons that he suffered from.