Film & Theater

Film Festival To Celebrate 100 Years Of Swedish Filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s Life Opens

The Embassy off Sweden in Kampala in partnership with Alliance Francaise and Goethe-Zentrum, together with the Kampala Film School, the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Film Institute joins the rest of the world to celebrate the work of Ingmar Bergman an accomplished and influential film by hosting the #Bergman100 Film Festival from 15-19 October 2018 in Kampala.

This was announced yesterday at a press briefing organized by the Embassy of Sweden in Kampala at the Alliance Francaise in Bukoto Road, Kampala.

According to H.E Per Lindgarde the Ambassador of Sweden to Uganda, celebrations and festivals are being held around the world to pay tribute to the iconic director and his legacy because this year marks the centennial of Ingmar Bergman, arguably Sweden’s greatest filmmaker and one of the most famous Swedes of all time.

Bergman a film director, writer, and producer was born on 14 July 1918  and died on 30 July 2007. This year therefore marks 100 years ever since he was born. The year 2018 also doubles as the European year of Cultural Heritage and Ingmar Bergman represents the rich Swedish culture of cinema as his work spans from 1940s to the early 2000s.

Mr Samuel Sandberg Bremell(L) the First Secretary Administration at the Embassy of Sweden together with Mr Polly Kamukama the festival curator breaking down the details about the festival.

Journalists from different media houses attended the press briefing.

The organisers of the Bergman100 Film Festival also hope to engage with young film makers to discuss the beginnings of Bergman’s career in filmmaking in relation to the Ugandan context. A documentary titled ‘Trespassing Bergaman’ was shown to the journalists to give them an insight into the great filmaker’s life.

The festival shall highlight some of the challenges within the Ugandan film industry and shall bring to light topics such as gender representation in film. “We are hoping to have the best of Swedish classical cinema experience as we celebrate Bergman in Uganda.”

[L-R] Charity Atukunda the Cultural Coordinator at Alliance Francaise}, Mr Samuel Sandberg Bremell First Secretary Administration, Mr Polly Kamukama {Festival Curator} and the Goethe-Zentrum representative discussing the week’s activities.

Mr Polly Kamukama while briefing journalists about the festival programme explained that they have, together with the Swedish Institute, selected four of the master’s most iconic films namely; The Seventh Seal, Persona, Autumn Sonata and Fanny and Alexander.

“Each of the four films has been carefully picked from a different decade in Bergman’s career between the 50sand 80s respectively, to help put a spotlight on his growth as an artiste over the years as well as his unmatched consistence in telling powerful universal stories in his signature style.” Kamukama said

Mr Kamukama adds that, they have also in partnership with Kampala Film School organaised a public lecture which seeks to offer to the Ugandan film students and aspiring filmmakers an insight into Bergman’s artistry. The lecture will be presented by acclaimed Swedish film critic and Chairperson of Bergman Centre Foundation Ms Jannike Ahlund.

Bergman’s films have always generated debate in the public domain especially the social issues they boldly raised which has made the organisers add to the programme a panel discussion around the topic of ‘Gender Representation in Film’ at the Goethe- Zentrum.

Christiano Civitillo Director of Kampala Film School(R) also spoke about challenges facing the film industry in Uganda.

“The theme of the discourse is inspired by the rather bitter-sweet relationship with women as well as the ongoing #MeToo campaign. The discussions is thus aimed at raising awareness about, and possible solutions for, the challenges faced by female artists in Uganda, and will feature a wide-range of experts from within the industry, civil society and academia”.

The activities also aimed at giving networking opportunities among the festival audience, partners and representatives of film industry in Uganda, are open to the public free of charge.

Bergman’s films will be showing at Century Cinemx, Kampala Fim School and Goethe-Zentrum starting on Monday 11th October.

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