SF makes buyers Saraband for Bergman
by Annika Pham
Ingmar Bergman’s highly anticipated comeback with Saraband has had buyers queuing at AB Svensk Filmindustri’s. The film is in the final stages of post-production.
The sequel to Bergman’s 1973 classic, Scenes From A Marriage reunites Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and her ex-husband, Johan (Erland Josephson).
Made for television and produced by Swedish broadcaster SVT with Svensk Filmindustri, ZDF, ARTE, NRK, RAI and YLE, a theatrical version is scheduled for the end of March according to SF’s VP and head of International Sales, Ann-Kristin Westerberg.
At the Berlinale, Westerberg closed deals with the following territories for Saraband: Greece (Rosebud Motion Pictures Enterprises), Brazil (Art Films) and Argentina (Cine3) and a number of US and French distributors are still in a bidding war for this title.
UK distributor Metro Tartan who is enjoying the current success of Bergman’s Persona which they re-released on 2 London screens, secured UK rights to Saraband, as well as several other SF titles like the UK/Australian coproduction Black and White by Craig Lahiff, and Norway’s Muskikk for bryllup og begravelser [+see also:
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At the next American Film Market, the SF sales team will continue negotiations on Saraband, a hot contender for the next Cannes Film Festival, and will open talks about Paradise a drama directed by Colin Nutley (nominated for an Oscar for Under the Sun).
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