Bergman Documentary Wins European Film Award

Jane Magnusson’s Bergman – A Year In A Life (Bergman – ett år, ett liv) was named Best European Documentary at the European Film Awards at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville on Saturday, while Border (Gräns) won Best European Visual Effects Supervisor.

Focusing on 1957, when Ingmar Bergman directed two films and four plays, Jane Magnusson explores how Bergman’s art was shaped and informed by his complex and turbulent personal life. Using previously unseen archive material, along with film clips and contemporary interviews, the documentary celebrates the centenary of Ingmar Bergman’s birth.

Jane Magnusson said in her acceptance speech: “Bergman was the first president of the European Film Academy, and getting this award on his 100th anniversary feels amazing. Happy birthday wherever you are.”

Meanwhile, Danish VFX artist Peter Hjorth won Best European Visual Effects Supervisor for his work on Ali Abbasi’s supernatural romance Border (Gräns), Sweden’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. Peter Hjorth also worked on Abbasi’s feature debut Shelley and Isabella Eklöf’s CPH PIX winner Holiday.