Rialto Pictures has acquired US and Canadian theatrical rights to director Stig Björkman’s “Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words,” a feature-length documentary tribute to the icon. The documentary has also been selected for this fall’s New York Film
Festival and is set to open at New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on
November 13 and L.A.’s Nuart on December 11. This could be good fodder for the Academy to honor one of its own.
“In Her Own Words” met warm reception out of this year’s Cannes Classics program, where it received a special Golden Eye for Best Documentary. Melding home movies, rare personal effects and more, the documentary charts the life and career of the three-time Oscar winner, including her notorious love affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini, whom she married and with whom she moved to the Italian arthouse, collaborating on “Stromboli” and “Voyage to Italy” and more.
Her daughter, Isabella Rossellini, approached Stig Björkman (who directed “Tranceformer: A Portrait of Lars von Trier” in 1997) with the idea to create a film autobiography of her mother back in Spring 2011. It features interviews with her four children, as well as Fiorella Mariani, Liv Ullmann, Sigourney Weaver, and Jeanine Basinger, with narration by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander.