The Best Intentions

Year 2018 marked a 100year of the birth of Ingmar Bergman, one of the most important film directors and authors of all time. Within the project Film, Music and in-between, a stage reading of the adaptation of Bergman’s novel The Best Intentions was performed.

The novel speaks about Bergman’s formative years, his parents and their marriage – “their hopes, weaknesses and best intentions”, and deals with questions of love, compromise and disappointment. Bergman is here trying to fathom the deepest truth about a marriage and to reconstruct the development of a romantic relationship between his parents. Bergman’s story is realistic; it speaks of love honestly, bravely and brutally – of its weakness, but also its beauty.

Video art in this performance included segments from the films of Ingmar Bergman, as well as authorial ones, both mixed live. Music used in the performance was composed by Matti Bye, Swedish composer.

The novel was published in Serbia by Geopoetika (translated by Spasa Ratković), as part of Bergman’s autobiographical trilogy. Project was supported by the Swedish Embassy in Belgrade and Ministry of Culture of Republic of Serbia, with support of the Yugoslav Film Archive.


Bojan Žirović, Katarina Dimitrijević, Željko Maksimović, Marija Opsenica, Katarina Martinović

Adaptation of the novel: Tamara Baračkov

Direction: Ana Konstantinović

Video art and live VJ: Marija Kovačina

Concept of the space: Višnja Vujović

Music: Matti Bye