The German director Margarethe von Trotta has also been invited to the Croisette this year. Her documentary SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN (DE/FR, C-Films (Germany)) will have its world premiere in the Cannes Classics sidebar of the 71st Festival de Cannes (8 - 19 May 2018), which shows historically important films. This was announced by the festival.

In addition, there will be screenings of BAGDAD CAFE  by Percy Adlon (Pelemele Film, Pro-ject Filmproduktion) from 1987 and the German co-production THE SPECIALIST by Sergio Corbucci (FR/IT/DE, Neue Emelka, 1969) in Cannes Classics: Cinéma de la Plage.

The animated film ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE by Raul de la Fuente and Damian Nenow (PL/ES/BE/DE) - co-produced by Wüste Film and Animationsfabrik on the German side - has been programmed, as previously announced, in the Special Screenings.


Ingmar Bergman, who was awarded several Oscars and the "Palm of Palms" Honorary Prize in Cannes in 1997, is regarded as one of the most important filmmakers of all time. He would have turned 100 in 2018. On this occasion, the internationally renowned German director Margarethe von Trotta (HANNAH ARENDT) takes a closer look at the work and person of Ingmar Bergman in a personal homage. They first met in Munich in 1977, and von Trotta later learnt that Bergman had placed her film MARIANNE AND JULIANE on the list of his 11 favourite films alongside Fellini, Kurosawa, Chaplin and other giants of cinema.

Margarethe von Trotta sets off in her first documentary on a journey through various countries, immerses herself in the Bergman universe, visits close collaborators and original locations to find out what was typical for Bergman. And she speaks with family members, the actresses of his films and Bergman experts. His complex female characters and a fresh interpretation of his masterpieces are the key elements of this quest. Moreover, she poses the question in conversation with such directors as Carlos Saura, Olivier Assayas, Ruveb Östlund or Mia Hansen-Løve: what significance does Bergman have for today's generation of filmmakers? What is his legacy?

All of the German films and co-productions at Cannes 2018...

Dennis Ruh (Festival Relations)
Birgit Koch (Press & PR)