×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cannes: C-Films, Mondex Partner for ‘Ingmar Bergman – Legacy of a Defining Genius’

Margarethe von Trotta’s vision of Bergman hits Cannes via Edward Noeltner’s CMG, which handles international sales

Germany’s C-Films and France’s Mondex & Cie are partnering to produce ’Ingmar Bergman – Legacy of a Defining Genius,’ a documentary feature portrait of the themes, world and lasting impact of the Swedish director, hailed as of the greatest ever of filmmakers, directed by Margarethe von Trotta, a leading light of the New German Cinema (“The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum”).

Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group (CMG) will handle international sales on the film, introducing it to buyers at this week’s Cannes Film Market.

Exploring Bergman’s work with his closest collaborators, in front of and behind the camera, as well as a new generation of  filmmakers influenced by him, Von Trotta’s film is scheduled to shoot from Summer 2017, in time for its release to coincide with the centenary of Bergman’s birth next year.

The film is inevitably personal. Living in Paris in 1960s, Bergman’s movies had huge influence on a young von Trotta, helping to determine her career as an actress and then director. In the former capacity, she worked with Sven Nykist, Bergman’s cinematographer; Liv Ullmann presented von Trotta with a Golden Lion for “Marianne and Juliane.”

Ingmar Bergman – Legacy of a Defining Genius” will present key scenes from Bergman’s works and also key settings for his creativity, such as Stockholm’s Royal Dramatic Theatre.  Hamburg-based C-Film’s Benjamin Seikel and Konstanze Speidel, who conceived the idea for the film, are producing together with Paris-based Mondex & Cie’s Guy Amon and Stéphane Sorlat, which has seen robust results from the release in France of two art-themed features, Carlos Saura’s “Argentina,” which opened in 2015, and “El Bosco. Jardin de los Sueños (“Le Mystère Jérôme Bosch”), released in 2016.

Popular on Variety

Von Trotta will make the documentary with her son, Felix Moeller, a film historian and moviemaker.

“I want to search for clues in the works of directors who are still alive, to find out what was important to them about Bergman in their own artistic output,” von Trotta said.

C-Films has been developing “Legacy of Defining Genius” for nearly two years, added Speidel, accessing never-seen-before documents and film footage. The film has the support of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation and Svensk Filmindustri, the Scandinavian multi-media company with whom Bergman made most of his films, and the current owner of all of his works.

“I knew Margarethe von Trotta from having worked with her on three of her films and had enjoyed the experience so much that when we heard about the project, we decided immediately to join the production!” said Amon.

Bergman’s influence is pervasive. In New York, the film “The Seventh Seal” is being presented as an opera. Noeltner himself licensed over 30 of Bergman’s films around the world in the late ‘90s as a former SVP of international sales at Svensk Filmindustri.

“‘Legacy of a Defining Genius’ promises to be a seminal work on one of the greatest filmmakers of the twentieth century,” he said.

More Film

  • Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt in

    Joanne Froggatt Treads Singapore Red Carpet, Revisits ‘Downton Abbey’ Memories

    “Downton Abbey,” the feature adaptation of the hit British television series of the same name, had its local premiere at the 30th Singapore International Film Festival on Friday night. Representing the film on the red carpet was Golden Globe best supporting actress-prizewinner Joanne Froggatt, who played lady’s maid Anna Bates in all six seasons of [...]

  • THE IRISHMAN (2019)Ray Ramano (Bill Bufalino

    Despite Controversy, 'The Irishman' Is Netflix's Biggest Theatrical Release at Home and Abroad

    Despite friction in the U.S. over its release in select cinemas, Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is enjoying the biggest theatrical rollout of any Netflix film to date, with key international markets screening the movie and bolstering its profile as awards season gets underway. The nearly three-and-a-half-hour mob epic has secured relatively large releases in major [...]

  • Stone, guitarist for Taiwanese pop band

    Mayday Guitarist, Stone Rallies Fans at Singapore Film Festival

    Stone, the Taiwanese performer who has gone from being the guitarist in Mayday to a promising acting career, drew crowds on Friday, the first full day of the Singapore International Film Festival. Speaking at Projector, the indie theater inside the historical Golden Mile building, some two hundred fans gathered to hear the artist share career [...]

  • The Tempest (concept art)

    Film Bazaar: Rinkel Film Boards Tamil Western ‘The Tempest’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Netherlands production outfit Rinkel Film (“Rafiki”) has reteamed with India’s Stray Factory (“Nirvana Inn”) for Tamil language Western “The Tempest” (aka “Aasaimugam”). It is to be directed by emerging Indian filmmaker Arun Karthick. The two companies previously co-produced Karthick’s communal bigotry tale, “Nasir,” which benefited from a grant of €50,000 ($55,350) under the Netherlands Film [...]

  • ‘Wallace and Gromit’ Studio Aardman to

    ‘Wallace and Gromit’ Studio Aardman to Make Short Film 'Robin Robin' for Netflix

    “Shaun the Sheep” and “Wallace and Gromit” producer Aardman is making “Robin Robin,” a short film, for Netflix. The project marks a move away for Aardman from working with the BBC, which has broadcast the Oscar-winning stop-motion specialist’s hit projects over the years. “Robin Robin,” which will bow around Christmas 2020, is about a bird [...]

  • Graham Norton to Host 2020 BAFTA

    Graham Norton to Host 2020 BAFTA Film Awards Ceremony 

    Popular British talk show host Graham Norton has been tapped to host the 2020 BAFTA Film Awards ceremony. Norton currently fronts the ratings-winning “The Graham Norton Show“ for the BBC. In assuming hosting duties for the upcoming BAFTA ceremony on Feb. 2, he will be taking over from “Absolutely Fabulous“ star Joanna Lumley, who hosted [...]

  • “Facing It,” an eight-minute 30 second

    U.K. Short 'Facing It' Takes Top Prize at 2019 VIEW Awards

    “Facing It,” a claymation/live-action film about how relationships mold people, has won the 2019 VIEW Conference Award for best short film. The film was written and directed by Sam Gainsborough and co-written by Louisa Wood and produced at the National Film and Television School’s Beaconsfield Studio in Beaconsfield, U.K. The VIEW Awards are an offshoot [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content