Previously unknown Ingmar Bergman script to be filmed

Film-maker Ingmar Bergman, who influenced a generation of film-makers with his often stark works about mortality and sexual torment, including Wild Strawberries, Cries And Whispers and Fanny And Alexander, died in 2007.
Film-maker Ingmar Bergman, who influenced a generation of film-makers with his often stark works about mortality and sexual torment, including Wild Strawberries, Cries And Whispers and Fanny And Alexander, died in 2007. PHOTO: SWEDISH FILM FESTIVAL

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A previously unknown script written by Ingmar Bergman for a collaboration between him, Italy's Federico Fellini and Japan's Akira Kurosawa is being turned into a movie by Swedish director Suzanne Osten, the daily Dagens Nyheter reported on Wednesday.

The script, titled Sixty-four Minutes With Rebecka, was written in 1969 but the collaboration between the three legendary directors fell through. The script was shelved until the early 2000s when Bergman donated his collection to a foundation set up to preserve and honour his work.

Many of Bergman's scripts were never filmed but Sixty-four Minutes With Rebecka had remained unknown even to the most confirmed of connoisseurs, according to the Bergman Institute.

The script will be premiered as a radio play on Nov 6 before being filmed. The movie premiere is planned for 2018, 100 years after Bergman's birth, Dagens Nyheter said.

Bergman, who influenced a generation of film-makers with his often stark works about mortality and sexual torment, including Wild Strawberries, Cries And Whispers and Fanny And Alexander, died in 2007.