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Swedish angst-master Ingmar Bergman gave Liv Ullmann her most memorable parts, but recently he’s provided her with a different role: She’s supplanted Bille August as the director of the semi-retired Bergman’s semi-autobiographical scripts, first with the harrowing Private Confessions, and now with Faithless. Ullmann, who both worked and for a time lived with Bergman, turned to directing in 1992, making Sofie and Kristin Lavransdatter before becoming Bergman’s cinematic interpreter. Having strip-mined his parents’ lives for several scripts, the former director returned to his own life for Faithless’ tale of a love triangle. The film, which stars Erland Josephson and Lena Endre, is set on the island of Faro, Bergman’s longtime retreat. Josephson plays an aging dramatist who calls on his favorite actress (Endre)—also his muse and conscience—to recount her story of adultery and regret; the result has been compared to such painful Bergman masterpieces as Scenes from a Marriage and Face to Face. Like Ullmann’s previous films, Faithless is reportedly slow and deliberate, leading skeptics to call it “old-fashioned” and “overlong.” Yet even these detractors concede that the film’s emotional payoffs are stunning. Ullmann will attend this screening, Faithless’ D.C. premiere, and introduce the film. At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Natural Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium, 10th & Constitution Avenue NW. $15. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (Mark Jenkins)