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On the occasion of Ingmar Bergman's centenary comes this lovely, personal film from one of his greatest admirers, Margarethe von Trotta. This is a tribute from an artist with such a deep affinity for the subject that it opens to genuine and sometimes disquieting inquiry. In his writings and in his films, Bergman himself strove for an honest accounting and true self-revelation, but it is fascinating to hear and see the observations of loved ones and collaborators (often one and the same), particularly his son Daniel, whose relationship with his father was multi-layered. A rich and quietly absorbing portrait of an immense artist. An Oscilloscope Laboratories release.


  • Liv Ullmann
  • Olivier Assayas
  • Ruben Östlund
  • Mia Hansen-Løve
  • Carlos Saura
  • Gunnel Lindblom
  • Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Margarethe von Trotta
  • Julia Dufvenius
  • Daniel Bergman

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Nov 1, 2018

Margarethe Von Trotta’s many personal connections to Ingmar Bergman lend a fresh, distinctive flavour to Searching For Ingmar Bergman. The documentary explores and champions Bergman’s artistic legacy but also captures a very human portrait of a complex man.

Allan Hunter
Screen Daily
Nov 1, 2018

Reasonably engaging as far as it goes, Searching for Ingmar Bergman evinces great appreciation for the writer-director's legacy and offers the testimonies of numerous eminent enthusiasts, but it leaves a good deal to be desired.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
Nov 1, 2018

In the end, perhaps, von Trotta’s search for Bergman never quite finds him. But did he ever quite find himself? All he knew was that he was an artist.

Stephen Whitty
Film Journal International