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Alicia Vikander Talks Producing Her First Movie ‘Euphoria’

Hollywood Reporter – Lisa Langseth’s drama stars Vikander and Eva Green as estranged sisters who take a mysterious trip and face their complicated family history.
Alicia Vikander and Eva Green star in Euphoria as two estranged sisters who take a mysterious European trip and are forced to grapple with their complicated family history. Also featuring Charlotte Rampling, the drama is Vikander’s third collaboration with director Lisa Langseth (after 2009’s Pure and 2013’s Hotel) as well as the first film from Vikander’s namesake company Vikarious Productions.

Ahead of Euphoria’s world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Vikander (who is also in the TIFF title Submergence) and Langseth spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about exploring sisterhood onscreen and propelling female-directed films forward.

What was the toughest part about making this movie?
VIKANDER: I was so drawn to this portrait of these two extremely strong women and their relationship. They’re so different and have chosen their paths in life, and yet they’re so deeply connected because of their family bond. It’s a relationship you’re born into, and it is so deep. But the sisters, all their scenes have different levels of them trying to reach one another — as soon as the other person says something that annoys the other, they will be straight onto it. It’s tricky with those nuances, but it was fun to explore.
LANGSETH: Me and Alicia, we’re thinkers, we’re rational. Our characters that Alicia’s been playing have that similar problem — they’re strong women who try to deal with their strong, unrational feelings. So that’s a struggle we also had when we were on set — trying not to plan so much and just try to be completely emotional.

What was your producer-director dynamic like?
VIKANDER: Lisa and I sat down at a lovely lunch to catch up, and I had already for two or three years about maybe starting a production company one day with my business partner [Charles Collier]. I wanted to be part of the process as early as possible. Lisa mentioned that she was working on this story, and I really, really wanted to work with her again. I admire what she does and her work should get the chance to get a bigger audience, the audience that I think her work deserves. We discussed making the film in the English language to hopefully reach further, and right there and then, I felt that this could be a great start. Lisa was my first director who, in one way, took a chance on me, so even though there’s a fear of stepping into something new, it was always filled with so much passion about the story. I was part of putting the team together and finding the finance, and we worked again with B-Reel Films [who also produced Hotel]. [Collier and I] found a way of finding both European funding and private equities to get our budgets, and worked together to finding everything from the set to the crew to the actors, and support Lisa as much as we could with her work leading up to starting filming.
LANGSETH: We met when we were both doing our first film, so the relationship is very special and honest. I appreciate that we can talk very openly about what we like or dislike — we can be free in the work, which I think is the biggest gift you can get as a director. And it’s not always easy to make a film, but Alicia, who has been on so many sets, really understands how filmmaking goes and what you need to work. She helped me to bring the best out of the project all the way.

This is your third collaboration in less than ten years. What changes have you noticed?
LANGSETH: Alicia has so much more experience and self-confidence in her work. But personally, she’s still the same person as when I met her the first time, and this fame hasn’t gotten to her head. She’s really handled it all in a good way. So when I direct, I do as we used to. That’s a gift because when people change too much, it’s hard to reach out. This honesty could disappear.
VIKANDER: I was 20 when I first met Lisa, and I looked up to her a lot. She was this headstrong woman who has read tons of books and had so many ideas and so much to say. That set a tone for the kind of woman that I want to continue to grow up to be. It was so fun to collaborate with Lisa again — it’s like meeting up with an old friend that you miss. We were both extremely excited to start because it was a year of a lot of [prep] work, a lot of late, late nights and phone calls. Suddenly, we were on set and we’re able to work together again after a beautiful seven-year pause. We’ve both gathered a lot more experience and have even more to work with, because as a filmmaker or an actor, our tools are really our experiences. We shot most of the film at this one extraordinary location in Germany, and the cast and crew became a very tight group.

Alicia, what are you looking to produce next?
VIKANDER: As with this film, it’s hard to make independent films. A lot of things need to come together, and I’ve only opened this box. But I feel like I want to do more. I’m humbled to do what it takes to put one of these films together. I’m reading a lot, and working hard to find our next story. I feel extremely lucky because my first three films were with a female director, and since then I haven’t really had that opportunity and was so happy to get the chance with Lisa again. I’m thrilled to know that the film is part of the Toronto Film Festival, where they have [one third of the films] with female directors this year. It’s extremely exciting that things are moving forward.

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#TIFF2017: Alicia promotes “Euphoria”

Even though Alicia didn’t get the chance to promote “Submergence” alongside James McAvoy, she did attend the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival to promote “Euphoria” alongside director Lisa Langseth.

As you probably already know, our girl was at the Variety Studio at TIFF Presented By AT&T during Day 3 (September 11). Later that day, she also attended the film’s Premiere as well as After Party. She was wearing an absolutely lovely Louis Vuitton Resort 2018 dress. Loads of high-quality images have been added to our gallery. We also made sure to update the gallery with several portraits & shoots taken during the festival those past few days. Be sure to check these as well.

Don’t forget to continue reading as I have listed below numerous videos of Alicia during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.


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Variety Studio – 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

Hello Alicia fans! She’s finally there! Alicia showed up in Toronto this morning at the Variety Studio to promote “Euphoria” with director Lisa Langseth during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. High-quality images have been added to our gallery. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@vikanderonline) for more updates throughout the day!

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Empire Magazine (October 2017) Digital Scans

I have just updated our gallery with one high-quality digital scan of the October issue of Empire Magazine, which has a feature on the upcoming “Tomb Raider“. Many thanks to my friend Lora (daisy-ridley.net) for sending these my way.

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‘Tulip Fever’ VIP Preview Screening in London

Yesterday (August 13), Alicia attended the VIP Preview Screening of “Tulip Fever”, which was held at the Soho Hotel in London. High-quality images have been added to our gallery. Enjoy!

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Alicia Vikander covers ELLE Magazine (September Issue)

ELLE.com – In the fashion world, September is all about power. Who better to exemplify that than cover star Alicia Vikander, an actress who’s midtransition from indie favorite to blockbuster-anchoring force?

After shooting onto Hollywood’s radar just a few years ago, the incomparably talented, laser-focused Vikander has already snagged an Oscar, slayed Michael Fassbender, and dominated the indie drama beat.

Her latest period film, Tulip Fever was actually shot three years ago—before The Danish Girl and before Vikander and Fassbender met. Harvey Weinstein presented director Justin Chadwick (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) with the Tulip Fever script and invited him to cast the film; after a short meeting with Vikander, Chadwick says, “I went back and told Harvey that we’d found our star. We built the film around Alicia.”

Here, a sneak peek of Vikander’s interview ahead of the September issue release:

On feeling empowered by the action scenes in her upcoming Tomb Raider reboot: “I love big popcorn movies. I’ve never done action scenes on this level – not even close. It feels like I’m back to dancing – the training, the intensity. You need to be aware of your movement up in the wires and how your body works. I’ve never been able to lift my own weight, and the day when you have that capacity, it’s pretty empowering!”

The sad truth about finding new, challenging roles: “[Complex roles such as that in Hotel] are actually hard to find, which is sad. It’s still—women are written safe.”

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Alicia covers ELLE France (April 14)

Alicia is featured on the cover of the April 14th issue ELLE France to promote Louis Vuitton’s latest collection. She looks absolutely magnificent! High-quality digital scans and outtakes can now be found in our gallery.

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First Look: Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in ‘Tomb Raider’

VANITY FAIR – Alicia Vikander had a major breakout year in 2015, playing both a mysterious (and eventually vengeful) robot in Ex Machina as well as a devoted wife and artist in The Danish Girl. It was the latter role that won her the Oscar and could have minted an entire career in thoughtful period dramas. Instead, for her follow-up, Vikander is going the action-heroine route, donning the iconic tank top and cargo pants of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

In these first-look images, see Vikander take on the role made famous first in the video-game series and then in the two films starring Angelina Jolie. But this version of Lara comes with a new backstory, and a new motivation for her adventures: seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.

As the official plot description puts it, “Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.”

“When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited—Lara Croft is a truly iconic character,“ Vikander told Vanity Fair via e-mail. “I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits—tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill.”

Producer Graham King, who won an Oscar as producer of The Departed, adds: “Alicia Vikander brings tremendous depth and vulnerability to this character, which is every bit as important as Lara Croft’s fierce strength, determination, and physicality. Our film takes Lara from her early origins, to the physical and emotional challenges through which she ultimately becomes the Tomb Raider. It’s a complex character, requiring a range of elements and Alicia brings all of that together brilliantly in her portrayal.”

Tomb Raider, directed by Roar Uthaug and co-starring Dominic West, Walton Goggins, and Daniel Wu, comes to theaters on March 16, 2018.