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Autumn Sonata Details


Ingrid Bergman, the Swedish expatriate who became one of Hollywood's greatest stars, and Ingmar Bergman, one of the world's most acclaimed filmmakers and Sweden's most honored director, worked together for the first and only time in this intensely personal drama about the troubled relationship between a mother and daughter. Charlotte (Ingrid Bergman) is an acclaimed concert pianist who is visiting her daughter Eva (Liv Ullmann), the wife of a parson in a rural community, for the first time in seven years. While Charlotte and Eva struggle to be civil, there is a deep emotional gulf between them. Eva resents her mother for not caring enough for her as a child, feeling that Charlotte was more interested in her career and her other daughter, Helena (Lena Nyman), who is severely handicapped and can only communicate through inarticulate noises. Charlotte, on the other hand, is uncomfortable with the fact that Helena now lives with Eva, and she is still coming to terms with the emotional devastation of her husband's recent death. Herbstsonate, released in America as Autumn Sonata, earned Ingrid Bergman some of the most enthusiastic acclaim of her career; she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and she won the same honor from the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle. It was also her last theatrical release; she would appear in only one more project, a TV movie about the life of Golda Meir, before her death in 1982. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 8, 1978


Awarded by
National Board of Review Ingmar Bergman Best Director 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ingmar Bergman Best Original Screenplay 1978 Nominee
National Board of Review Ingrid Bergman Best Actress 1978 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Ingrid Bergman Best Actress 1978 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Ingrid Bergman Best Actress 1978 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ingrid Bergman Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1978 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ingrid Bergman Best Actress 1978 Nominee


Ingrid Bergman
as Charlotte
Liv Ullmann
as Eva
Lena Nyman
as Helena
Erland Josephson
as Josef
Gunnar Björnstrand
as Paul
Eva von Hanno
as Nurse
Linn Ullmann
as Eva as a child
Marianne Aminoff
as Charlotte's private secretary
Mimi Pollak
as Piano instructor
Knut Wigert
as Professor


Ingmar Bergman
Lew Grade
Katinka Farago
Martin Starger
Ingmar Bergman
Sven Nykvist
Sylvia Ingemarsson
Anna Asp
Production Designer
Anna Asp
Set Designer
Inger Pehrsson
Costume Designer
Owe Svensson
Sound/Sound Designer
Cecilia Drott
Arne Carlsson
Still Photographer