The film explores Liv Ullmann’s multifaceted life and her extraordinary international career spanning over 66 years.
Divided in three chapters, this film explores the iconic actor, writer, director, author and activist Liv Ullmann’s multifaceted life, and her extraordinary international career spanning over 66 years.
In the film, we meet some of Ullmann’s closest collaborators from her seven decades in film, including Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Jeremy Irons, Sam Waterston, Lena Endre and Pernilla August.
Dheeraj Akolkar’s documentary produced by Norway’s Teddy TV for Viaplay will world premiere at Cannes Classics.
The intimate portrait of Norway’s star actress, director and writer Liv Ullmann is Akolkar’s second collaboration with her after his 2012 documentary Liv & Ingmar.
Besides numerous interviews with film personalities who have worked with Ullmann such as Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Jeremy Irons, Sam Waterston and Pernilla August, the film explores her life and career spanning over 62 years.
The documentary also highlights what it means to be a woman in a male-dominated world and shows how to find and use one’s voice without losing one’s integrity, sense of humour or friends.
“Making this film about a timeless artist with an astonishing, multi-layered life and tremendous integrity has been a great responsibility, privilege, and gift for all of us,” said Akolkar, who is thankful for Ullmann’s “heartfelt, incomparable contribution” to the film.
Filippa Wallestam, Viaplay Group Chief Content Officer adds: “It’s a huge honour to be selected at the prestigious Festival de Cannes. Liv Ullmann is an inspiration for the entire Nordic creative community, and we are proud to give an even broader audience the chance to hear Liv’s amazing story in her own words in Viaplay’s latest international documentary.”
The film was produced by Kaare Hersoug and Hege Christensen for Oslo-based Teddy TV, with Viaplay’s Une Søreide serving as executive producer. Viaplay Content Distribution handles global sales.
To coincide with the film’s prestigious platform screening in Cannes, Viaplay has set its premiere date to May 21.
Norway is also present in Cannes with Tits, the short film by Eivind Landsvik, vying for a Palme d’or. Kristin Emglem and Guri Neby are producting for Einar Film.
Dheeraj Akolkar is an award-winning writer, director and producer, and the founder of Vardo Films in London, UK, with experience of 15 years and a current slate of 3 fiction and 2 non-fiction films in various stages of development and production. His work has received acclaim all over the world. Dheeraj is one of the co-founders of a charity – The Global Reconciliation, Advocacy and Community-building Engagement (GRACE) in war-affected regions – based in the UK and working internationally in several post-conflict societies of the world. Filmography:
Jyotirgamaya: Lead Me to the Light (2005) Whatever! (2006) Liv & Ingmar (2012) Let the Scream Be Heard (2013) Wars Don’t End (2018) Happiness (2019) The Wound Is Where the Light Enters (2022) Liv Ullmann – A Road Less Travelled (2023) The Other Side of Silence (2025) – (In Production)
Directed by : Dheeraj AKOLKAR Year of production: 2023 Country: Norway Duration: 132
Production and distribution
Production Year: 2023 Production country: Norway Co production country: UK Release date (international): 2023-05-19 Production company: TeddyTV Co production company: Vardo Films Executive producer: Hege Christensen, Une Søreide Producer: Kaare Hersoug Sales agent: Viaplay Content Distribution