A Ship Bound for India

A Ship Bound for India
Skepp till India land.jpg
Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Produced by Lorens Marmstedt
Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman
Based on Skepp till India land
by Martin Söderhjelm
Music by Erland von Koch
Cinematography Göran Strindberg
Edited by Tage Holmberg
Distributed by Nordisk Tonefilm
Release date
22 September 1947
Running time
98 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

A Ship Bound for India (Swedish: Skepp till Indialand) is a 1947 Swedish film directed by Ingmar Bergman. It was originally released as A Ship to India in the United Kingdom and Frustration in the United States. The screenplay was written by Bergman, based on the play by Martin Söderhjelm.[1]

The film is about the relationships within a family, a subject with which Bergman often dealt in later films, and uses other common devices of Bergman such as the hard father figure.

Birger Malmsten, who plays the lead character Johannes, went on to feature in several later Bergman films.

The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


The film tells the story of the past of the character Johannes, and his relationships with his cruel father, his mother, and his father's mistress with whom Johannes falls in love.


  • Ami Aaröe – Young girl at the beach
  • Torgny Anderberg – Man
  • Ingmar Bergman – Man wearing a beret at the funfair
  • Rolf Bergström – Blom's companion
  • Torsten Bergström – Blom's companion
  • John W. Björling – Older man
  • Ingrid Borthen – Girl on the street
  • Gustaf Hiort af Ornäs – Blom's companion
  • Svea Holst – Woman present at the arrest of Blom
  • Kiki – Dwarf
  • Uno Larsson – Older man with glasses and hat
  • Peter Lindgren – Foreign sailor
  • Gunnar Nielsen – Young man at the beach
  • Charles White – Black sailor


  1. ^ Vermilye, Jerry (2002). Ingmar Bergman: His Life and Films. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. pp. 56–57. ISBN 0786429593.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: A Ship to India". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-01-05.

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