The reclusive benefactor Hans Gude Gudesen was present at 2010’s ‘Bergman Week’ where the eight of us critics from eight different countries were invited to be a part of the celebration, but he stayed below the radar, sat at the back seats of screenings and lectures, and would leave before those who knew him, could point him out. In Bergman’s death, as in his life and cinema, mystery continues to surround him.
Liv Ullmann said of this man after a public lecture on the lsland, “In Norwegian 'Gude' is god, and he really acted like god.” She may not be wrong. For not only did he buy almost all of Bergman’s stuff from the auction, but also funded Linn for preserving most of them. When you visit Faro Island, you’ll see that Linn has done a fine job.
In picture: A view of the entire Faro Island from 25,000 feet in the air