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Ingmar Bergman out of focus: translations, receptions & interpretations

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Project information

Project status

In progress


Jono Van Belle

Research subject

As a key figure in modernist film, Ingmar Bergman has had a tremendous impact on film cultures worldwide. Interpretations of his work vary from religious redemption to erotic explorations. Existing scholarly work on Bergman often maintains a high-art perspective but the reality of reception is much more nuanced. These workshops aim to rewrite Bergmans canonical position in film studies and film history. In line with previous work in the field of New Cinema History, we believe that understanding Ingmar Bergman’s interpretations is also a productive way of understanding how a significant part of film history has been written through a comparative approach. By gathering the contributions of some of the main international representatives working on fields such as film and media history, cultural anthropology, cultural history and cultural studies, the workshop aims also to map different film cultures linked to the reception of Bergman's films. Through a better understanding of these social and geopolitical contexts, we present a valuable contribution to comparative studies so prevalent in contemporary studies in the field of New Cinema History.

The first workshop took place at Örebro University on April 29th, 2022. Participants are Anna Sofia Rossholm (Sweden), Konrad Klejsa (Poland), Eirik Frisvold Hanssen (Norway), Yanling Zhu (UK/China), Mariana Amieva (Uruguay), Alejandro Kelly (Argentina), Anders Marklund (Sweden). Our keynote speaker is Jan Holmberg (Sweden), CEO for the Ingmar Bergman Archive. 

The second workshop takes place at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain on January 26th, 2023. Participants are Ashvin Devasundaram (Queen Mary University of London), Giulio Tosi (University of Bologna), Anna Sofia Rossholm (Sweden), Konrad Klejsa (Poland), Eirik Frisvold Hanssen (Norway), Mariana Amieva (Uruguay), and Alejandro Kelly (Argentina). 

The organisers for these workshops are Fernando Ramos Arenas (Spain), María Paz Peirano (Chile) and Jono Van Belle (Sweden).


Research funding bodies

  • The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences