Swedish helmer Ingmar Bergman has refused to give permission for a theatrical release of his telepic “Saraband,” which bowed Monday in primetime on Swedish pubcaster SVT1.
Parent SVT will lose $1 million in sales revenue, according to local press. A no-show at Cannes and Venice — the latter, allegedly, because Bergman was not happy with the transfer from HD video — “Saraband” has been sold internationally by Swedish co-producer Svensk Filmindustri.
“Svensk has no comment,” said sales director Ann-Kristin Westerberg, who has since the European Film Market in Berlin notched up a raft of contracts for the film, including Metro-Tartan for the U.K.
Packaged with European broadcasters ZDF, Arte, NRK, RAI and YLE, “Saraband” reunites the characters of Johan and Marianne 30 years after they separated in “Scenes From a Marriage” (1973), which garnered Bergman a Golden Globe.
Starring Liv Ullmann (in her acting comeback after 10 years) and Erland Josephson, with Julia Dufvenius and Borje Ahlstedt, it follows Marianne as she goes to see Johan, who has retired to his grandparents’ house in northern Sweden.