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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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Euphoria Premiere at TIFF 2017 – First look!

Hello Alicia fans! The ‘Euphoria‘ premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival is being held as we speak, and we have the first photos of Alicia and Lisa Langseth at the red carpet. Doesn’t Alicia look stunning? Make sure to follow our twitter account  (@vikanderonline)  for updates throughout the evening, and keep checking the gallery for new high quality additions.

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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!

TIFF Announces Platform Lineup – Euphoria is included!
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TIFF Announces Platform Lineup – Euphoria is included!

Some really exciting news, Alicia fans! Toronto International Film Festival announced their platform lineup a few days ago, which included one of Alicia’s latest films – Euphoria. The director-driven section of the festival has been gaining momentum during its three-year run, and last year, it turned out a best picture winner with ‘Moonlight’.

Swedish filmmaker Lisa Langseth directs her Hotell star Alicia Vikander and Eva Green (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) in this story of two estranged sisters attempting a difficult and ominous reconciliation, with supporting performances from Charles Dance, Charlotte Rampling, Mark Stanley, and Adrian Lester.

Source | No pressure or anything, but last year’s Toronto International Film Festival Platform section turned out a Best Picture winner.

Now in only its third year, the festival’s director-driven program aims to showcase original names in international cinema, and has steadily become one of the most exciting sections of the annual festival. Last year, it played home to such gems as “Moonlight,” “Jackie,” and “Lady MacBeth,” following its inaugural year, where it bowed titles like “High-Rise,” “Bang Gang,” and “Land of Mine.”

This year promises to only further the mission of the section, thanks to 12 titles that speak to the breadth of modern cinema, and some of the rising stars it’s currently fostering. “Platform is the place to look for the distinct stamp of today’s most interesting directors as they establish their reputations,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF’s Artistic Director, in a statement.

This year’s lineup hails from eight countries on five continents. The films will compete for the Platform Prize, to be awarded by a jury that includes award-winning filmmakers Chen Kaige, Malgorzata Szumowska, and Wim Wenders.

The section will open with the world premiere of “The Death of Stalin,” from award-winning director-writer Armando Iannucci, which “follows the final days leading up to the Soviet dictator’s death.” “Sweet Country,” a period Western from acclaimed Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton, will close out the section.

Other highlights include Mike White’s Ben Stiller-starring “Brad’s Status” and Clio Barnard’s “Dark River,” along with Lisa Langseth’s “Euphoria,” starring Alicia Vikander and Eva Green as sisters on a mysterious trip.

“The films unveiled today embody our bold vision for the programme, and our ongoing commitment to showcase artistic and inventive directors that fearlessly push boundaries,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “The twelve titles exemplify bravery, dynamism and a unique voice in storytelling that we look for when curating the Platform programme.”

Below are the newest additions to the TIFF 2017 lineup, including the Platform program. Stay tuned for more programming announcements in the days to come.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 7 – 17 in Toronto, Canada.

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First Look: Alicia Vikander & Eva Green in ‘Euphoria’

01PLAYLIST – The consistently busy actress Alicia Vikander doesn’t seem to know the word “vacation,” and recently she added the role producer to her resumé, putting her talent behind the upcoming project “Euphoria.” Well, production has started on that picture, and the first image has arrived, and based on those involved, it already has us excited.

Co-starring Eva Green, Charles Dance, Adrian Lester, and Mark Stanley, and directed by Lisa Langseth (who previously directed Vikander in “Hotel” and “Pure“), the English language film tells the story of Ines and Emilie, two sisters meeting up again after many years apart and the profound journey that they undertake together. Simple enough premise, and anything that gives Vikander and Green a chance to shine together gets our vote.

Filming is currently taking place in Bavaria, with the production to also shoot in Munich, “Euphoria” will definitely be one we’ll be keeping an eye out for on the festival circuit in 2017.

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Alicia Vikander Launches Vikarious Productions

Oscar winner Alicia Vikander just added a new hyphen to her considerable list of talents: that of producer. The 27-year-old Swedish actress, arguably the hottest and most in-demand young European actress working today, has launched her own production banner Vikarious Productions along with her London-based agent Charles Collier of Tavistock Wood. The company has set its first feature, Euphoria, with Vikander also set to star alongside Eva Green as sisters in conflict travelling through Europe towards a mystery destination. The project marks the English-language directorial debut of award-winning Swedish writer/director Lisa Langseth, who previously collaborated with Vikander on two Swedish-language pics, Pure and Hotell. Euphoria is a production with Sweden’s B-Reel Films’ Patrik Anderson and Frida Bargo, and starts shooting in the German Alps in early August.

“Euphoria is Lisa’s third film as writer and director. I have worked with her on each of them and I jumped at the chance to do so again,” said Vikander. “It’s a uniquely European approach, enabling me to work with a great Swedish team alongside my colleagues in London. It is a profound story about the journey of two estranged sisters, full of suffering but also full of joy, and squaring up to very important subject matter. It also has compelling female voices and is packed to the rafters with female talent both sides of the camera. All these ingredients made this film the obvious choice for our first film at Vikarious. Charles and I will be developing more films in this space over the next 24 months.”

The news further cements Vikander’s stratospheric rise and is testament to her formidable drive and ambition. Last week, she was confirmed as Lara Croft for MGM, Warner Bros and GK Films in Tomb Raider. The reboot will tell the story of a young and untested Lara Croft fighting to survive her first adventure. Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is directing. MGM and Warner Bros are co-producing the film with MGM overseeing production. They acquired film rights from GK Films, which had previously purchased film rights in 2011 from Square Enix LTD. Graham King is serving as producer.

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