Harriet Andersson at the Film House. Photo: Hampus Svensson/Swedish Film Institute

A rare appearance by Swedish film legend Harriet Andersson

On Wednesday April 18th legendary actress and famed Ingmar Bergman-collaborator Harriet Andersson made a rare special appearance for the screening of Ingmar Bergman's Dreams (1955).

The screening was part of Cinemateket/The Swedish Film Institute's celebration of the legendary director's centennial birthday with the entire retrospective being shown throughout the year. In conversation with Jan Göransson, head of press at the Swedish Film Institute, Andersson told stories from her almost 70 year long career where she worked with film legends such as Sidney Lumet, Mai Zetterling, James Mason, Hampe Faustman, Lars von Trier, Stig Björkman and of course Ingmar Bergman, along with the actors and actresses associated with him.

Andersson, who has consistently declined invitations to appear in almost everything related to Ingmar Bergman this year, including film festivals, interviews, documentaries, Q&A's and panel discussions all over the world, gave an inspired hour to a theatre packed with several generations of fans paying homage to the legendary actress.

Among her numerous accolades, Harriet Andersson has been awarded the Swedish Guldbagge Award, the Norwegian Amanda and the Danish Bodil Award. She received the best actress award at the Venice Film Festival (1964) and the 9th Moscow International Film Festival as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stockholm International Film Festival (2010).

At the 1962 Academy Awards, Harriet Andersson accepted the Oscar statuette for Best Foreign Language Film for Through a Glass Darkly on Ingmar Bergman's behalf.

This rare appearance was filmed and will be made available to watch online.

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