A new documentary will chart the often turbulent relationship of a famous screen couple.
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28 Feb 2012 - 11:18 AM  UPDATED 28 Feb 2012 - 11:18 AM

Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman, one of cinema's most celebrated couples on and off screen, will be spotlighted in a new documentary.

Backed by the Norwegian Film Institute, Liv and Ingmar will trace the love-hate relationship between the Norwegian actress and the Swedish director.

In other Bergman-related news, Swedish actor Erland Josephson, who collaborated with the director for nearly 60 years, has died in Stockholm, aged 88. He had Parkinson's disease.
Josephson met Bergman while acting in a stage production of The Merchant of Venice when he was just 16 and appeared in the director's first film in 1946, It Rains on Our Love.

Later Josephson co-starred with Ingrid Thulin, Max Von Sydow, Bibi Andersson and Ullmann in classic Bergman films such as The Magician, Cries and Whispers and Scenes from a Marriage.
The actor last worked with Bergman on Saraband, the 2003 sequel to Scenes from a Marriage. His final role was the 2006 movie Wellkåmm to Verona.

Married and divorced several times, he is survived by his wife, Ulla Aberg, and five children.
The Ullmann-Bergman documentary is directed by London-based Indian filmmaker Dheeraj Akolkar and produced by Norway's Rune H. Trondsen and is intended to be launched at the 2013 Cannes festival.

Ullmann and Bergman met in 1965, lived as a couple for five years, had a daughter, Linn, and made 12 films together, including Persona (1966), Shame (1968), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), Face to Face (1976) and Autumn Sonata (1978).

In 1996, she directed his script for Private Confessions and in 2000 for Faithless, which starred Josephson as an aging director named Bergman who's visited by the spirit of an actress he once loved.

According to Cineuropa, Ullmann was interviewed for the doco at Bergman's house on Fårö Island. She spoke frankly about a relationship that was charged with love and hatred, and how their feelings for each other were reflected in their films.

Everything I have learned about acting, closeness to the camera, love, respect, and work ethics I have learned from Ingmar," Ullmann said when the University of Trondheim celebrated her 70th birthday.

She recalled that after she turned down the mother's role in Fanny and Alexander, which was intended to be Bergman's last film, they didn't speak for a year. When Bergman was on his deathbed on Fårö in 2007, she went to say goodbye, explaining, “I don't know if he knew I was there, but it was important for me.”