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Bergman actress to make comeback
Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann
Ullmann starred in nine of Bergman's films
Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann, known for her work with influential director Ingmar Bergman, is set to appear in her first home-grown film for 38 years.

She will play a grandmother in the film, In a Mirror, In a Riddle, which is based on a novel by Jostein Gaarder, author of best-selling Sophie's World.

Ullmann, 68, has not taken the leading role in a Norwegian film since the 1969 drama An-Magritt.

Her last on-screen appearance was in Bergman's 2003 TV movie Saraband.

Speaking about her new role, the actress told Norwegian daily newspaper Dagbladet: "This is not only the first (Norwegian) part I have taken on since An-Magritt, it is also the first I have been offered."

The film, which starts shooting in Oslo in November, is about a severely ill 13-year-old girl.

Speaking from New York, Ullmann said she had wept upon reading the script. She added: "I am very proud to be a part of this".

Honorary prize

Bergman, an influence on Stanley Kubrick and Woody Allen, directed Ullmann in nine of his films including Persona, Scenes from a Marriage and Face to Face.

He also had a daughter with the actress - Norwegian writer, Linn Ullmann.

The Swedish director died on July 31, aged 89.

Later this week, Ullmann will travel to the San Sebastian film festival in Spain where she will receive a lifetime achievement prize.

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