About the Swedish author Agnes Von Krusenstjerna (1894-1940) during the period of her marriage to David Sprengel (1880-1941). In the hallucinatory opening sequence she is brought in a straitjacket by her husband and two psychiatric nurses through the Venice Carnival nocturnal antics to a mental hospital in the city. With her is a manuscript of her autobiography, which she calls “her child”. The book is Agnes showdown with her family, and in flashbacks presented, Agnes progress from the author of innocent girls’ books to serious and self-consuming novelist.
Amorosa is a 1986 Swedish film starring Stina Ekblad and Erland Josephson and directed by Mai Zetterling. The story, an adaptation of the life of writer Agnes von Krusenstjerna (Ekblad), details her sexually charged and often turbulent relationship with David Sprengel (Josephson). At the 22nd Guldbagge Awards, Ekblad won the award for Best Actress and Josephson won the award for Best Actor. The film was shot primarily in Sweden and Venice, Italy.
Directed by: Mai Zetterling
Starring: Stina Ekblad, Erland Josephson, Philip Zandén, Lena T. Hansson, Peter Schildt, Catherine de Seynes, Olof Thunberg
Screenplay by: Mai Zetterling
Production Design by: Jan Öqvist
Cinematography by: Rune Ericson, Mischa Gavrjusjov
Film Editing by: Darek Hodor, Mai Zetterling
Costume Design by: Gertie Lindgren, Kerstin Lokrantz
Music by: Roger Wallis
Distributed by: Sandrew
Release Date: March 14, 1986