Mumbai: After doing the rounds of cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Pune, the six-city Bergman Retrospective, organised by Palador Pictures and the Embassy of Sweden, is now nearing its finale in Mumbai at the NFDC Preview Theatre.
Beginning 12 September, for next seven days films made by Ingmar Bergman will be showcased in Mumbai. The Retrospective was inaugurated by the Ambassador of Sweden on 6 August, with the unveiling of Bergman Collector’s Edition 5 DVD Box Set and the announcement of the film festival.
Palador Pictures founder and managing director Gautam Shiknis said, "’Remembering Bergman – A Retrospective’ is our tribute to the legendary Swedish filmmaker who passed away in July last year. The multi-city festival that began almost a month-and-a-half ago has received huge accolades among lovers of world cinema in all the five cities. The response has surely surpassed our expectations and we intend to organise more of such initiatives in the near future."
Another high point of the Retrospective has been the presence of Gunnar Bergdahl, Director of two documentaries made on Bergman – ‘Intermezzo: Ingmar Bergman’ and ‘The Voices of Bergman’ as well as a close friend of the filmmaker during the inauguration of the festival in Delhi. Intermezzo was screened for students of film making at workshops organised by Palador Pictures and conducted by Mr Bergdahl in Jamia Milia Islamia Delhi and Xavier’s Institute of Communications and Whistling Woods International, Mumbai.
Palador Pictures co-founder and joint MD Mohan Polamar said, "Bergman stormed into the World Cinema scene with two masterpieces in the same year, 1957. Such was the genius of this prolific director without whose name any discussion of cinema would ever be complete. It hurt us to know that masterpieces made by him and other great directors had never been available in this country to the masses. With this festival, I personally feel a sense of satisfaction about the number of people it is reaching out to across the country. When quality cinema as embodied by Bergman is widely seen and appreciated, quality cinema would end up being made as well."
Supporting this endeavour, of making world cinema accessible to the Indian audiences, are partners ICICI, iMint, Indiaplaza, Inox, People Magazine, Myntra and Bright Advertising in India, and The Swedish Embassy and the Swedish Film Institute in Sweden.