Swedish org offer $3 million to preserve work

The Swedish government is giving $3 million to promote and preserve the works of iconic filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, who died July 3.

News of the funding will come as a relief to the Bergman archive, which warned of a cash shortfall just a few days after the multihyphenate’s death at age 89.

The money will help the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm set up an international theater festival in Bergman’s honor and buy the rights to his stage plays. It will also enable new copies to be made of his films, which include “The Seventh Seal,” ”Through a Glass Darkly” and “Fanny and Alexander,” Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said in a joint statement Monday with Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

“Bergman has given Swedish stage art a unique position in the world. It deserves to be recognized both for a Swedish and international audience,” the pair said.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. also donated $10,000 to the Bergman archive following news that some of the filmmaker’s papers might not be effectively preserved as the archive faced a $600,000 shortfall to digitize records (Daily Variety, Aug. 6).

The archive was founded by the Swedish Film Institute in collaboration with the Royal Dramatic Theater, pubcaster Swedish Television and Nordic producer-distrib Svensk. Profits from the performances of Bergman plays at the Royal Dramatic Theater go to the archive.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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