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A secret scenario and feminist of Ingmar Bergman brought to the screen

Ingmar Bergman in the documentary “Liv & Ingmar”, Dheeraj Akolkar (screenshot)

The archives of Ingmar Bergman, the most celebrated filmmakers of swedes who died in 2007, are full of notes, photographs, drafts and sketches of projects in all genres (the sumptuous book, The Archives of Ingmar Bergman, published by Taschen in 2008, tells us as much). Bequeathed to the foundation that bears his name in 2002, there are sometimes scenarios to complete. This is the case with 64 minutes with Rebecka, script of 1969 which will, according to The French Film, to be brought to the screen for 2018, the centenary of the birth of the artist.

The chronic daring of a sexual revolution intimate and social

Written on a small notebook while the filmmaker was in the fifties and the world was happily shaken by the sexual Revolution, 64 minutes with Rebecka was originally intended to be included in a draft of triptych conducted with Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa (excuse me a little). If this hollywood production on the european soil has never seen the light of day, in large part as a result of the different artistic, the story of Bergman has been adapted to radio, with a famous song of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by way of accompaniment.

Its main character is a young woman who works in an institution for deaf-mutes. Introverted and uncomfortable in his skin, it multiplies the sexual experiences confusing and leaves her husband. Of his side, one of her boarders fled of the institution to join her lover. Sulphur, or even scandalous for the time, the words of Bergman, connecting the upheavals of societal epoch to the internal chemistry of the body in boiling, and trace the portrait of women rebels who seek to free themselves from the grip of the codes of their time. Figures that are not dissimilar to that of Monica, heroin is independent to the free sexuality of his masterpiece of the same name by 1953.

“Monika and desire”, of Ingmar Bergman (screenshot)

It is the director Suzanne Austen, Swedish artist whose work has been marked for nearly fifty years by the themes of feminism and social relationships and inter-generational, which will bring this adaptation project. Reserved and even critical in relation to political positions, and artistic Bergman in his lifetime, it demonstrates not least an immense respect for her work and her sensitivity. We expect that this scenario to the trappings of the feminist seal by the movie, their reconciliation.

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