lexander Skarsgard has been named one of the Breakthrough Performers of the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival for his role in Melancholia. The festival takes place this upcoming weekend on the east end of Long Island, NY and will showcase films and discussions from October 13-17.
Meet the Actors: The 2011 Breakthrough Performers Roundtable will take place on Saturday, October 15, with Skarsgard slated to attend alongside fellow Golden Starfish Award winners Emily Browning, Stine Fischer Christensen, Ezra Miller, Shailene Woodley, and Anton Yelchin to discuss making films and being actors in the film industry.
Melancholia is a dark fairytale directed by Lars von Trier that premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and stars Skarsgard, Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Stellan Skarsgard.
The movie will be shown during the festival on Friday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 at 12:00 p.m. at the United Artists East Hampton theater in East Hampton, NY.
For more information about the festival visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org
The star of True Blood and Lars Von Trier’s upcoming Melancholia talks with the filmmaker about the Swedish conquest of Hollywood, national differences in etiquette, and why Swedes get so much sex.
What is it about Sweden that is making this far-flung country of less than 10 million people so culturally relevant right now? From Robyn and the Knife to the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sweden has leaped ahead of its European neighbors and infiltrated America’s mammoth entertainment machine. We invited Alexander Skarsgård, best known for his role in HBO’s lusty drama True Blood, to sit down with director Jonas Åkerlund — whose seminal videos have included Madonna’s “Ray of Light,” Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” and Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi,” (which starred a then–largely unknown Skarsgård as Gaga’s paramour) — to help answer the question.
Out: As Swedes abroad, both working in the entertainment industry, you must feel like the go-to spokespeople for Sweden.
Alexander Skarsgård: I love my country. I always love talking about it, especially as an expat. When you live there you bitch about everything, but when you move away, all you remember is how amazing and wonderful it is. You remember all the sunny days and forget the rainy days.
Jonas Åkerlund: It was very rare to hear about Sweden, period, when I moved to Los Angeles in 1996. You were still mixed up with Switzerland. Now there’s Swedish music everywhere, actors and directors, everything, everywhere. And it didn’t used to be like that. You were very happy and proud when you heard Ace of Base on the radio.
Skarsgård: Not to mention all the songwriters and producers, as well as the musicians. Every other song on Billboard seems to be produced or written by a Swede.
Åkerlund: The one profession that was left behind was filmmaking, which is now catching up a little. Music and fashion has been out there for a while, but lately I’ve also begun to notice Swedish co-producers and directors working abroad.
Skarsgård: The reason I went to L.A. a few years ago was because the young interesting filmmakers didn’t get a chance to tell their stories or do their movies because the older generation, who were pretty mediocre filmmakers, were the only ones making movies in Sweden. That’s changed so much now. I’m excited about going back to Sweden to work with young, cool Swedish filmmakers. It’s really a vibrant industry. And now, for the first time, there are a lot of Swedes working on Hollywood projects, often on super low-budget films.
Åkerlund: But it becomes a trend — everyone wants a Swede now. Getting that opportunity is one thing, but living up to it or holding onto it is another thing.
Skarsgård: Exactly, we’re like the flavor of the month. Next month it will be Finland.
Åkerlund: Oh, never say that. Never Finland. It’s interesting, though, Alex. I met you at the Chateau Marmont. We looked around and there were, like, 10 Swedes around us, and not one Finn, no Danes. Wherever you go there are Swedes. But I rarely meet other Scandinavians.
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One of the most unlikely relationships to emerge from “True Blood”‘s witch-rich fourth season was that deliciously uneasy alliance between avowed, Sookie-loving rivals Bill and Eric (expertly played by Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård). And if last season’s Russell Edgington cliffhanger is any indication, the pair will once again have to join forces to bring down a shared foe. Man, waiting does suck!
Thankfully, when we sat down with Alexander recently to chat about his upcoming movie “Melancholia,” he was happy to devote a few moments to theorizing about what’s in store for our favorite Bon Temps residents. And, more specifically, whether we can expect more bromantical moments between Bill and Eric.
“Yes, I think so,” Alex said with a chuckle. “That’s been fun. Stephen is awesome. I love working with him. It’s an interesting dynamic between those two guys, those two characters. I could see that. I don’t know. I haven’t read—they’re breaking season five now, so I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m sure there’s going to be some nice Bill and Eric moments.”
We’ll take it, Alex! And begin dreaming up plotlines in which Eric and Bill storm into the MTV Newsroom to save us from a pack of marauding were-rats who’ve been hiding in the New York subway system. Because, you know, “True Blood” could do with a field trip to Manhattan. Right?
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