Vikander, Wim Wenders present ‘Submergence’ at its European premiere in San Sebastián
In an early flashback in “Submergence,” Wim Wenders’ latest film starring Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy, McAvoy’s James More, a British spy, jogs manfully past Vikander’s Danielle Flinders on a romantic Atlantic beach in France.
He suggests lunch. And that is about the last time in their courtship and seduction that he, a prototype man of action, really makes the moves. It’s Danny who keeps him waiting for lunch, because of her work, moves their table conversation from professional to personal, squeals “chicken!” when she has opened her hotel bedroom door and he doesn’t react, pulls him gracefully into her bedroom; and leads in their foreplay.
That, Vikander said presenting the film at San Sebastian with Wenders, was however par for the course for modern love. “Maybe for a young generation that is reality in the sense that it can be both ways. It’s about personality not gender.”
At Friday’s press conference, dressed immaculately in a white top and high-waited black trousers, Vikander came across as lively, charming, and multi-lingual – in the film she plays a half-Swedish half-Australian marine biologist with a touch of English ancestry. About the first thing she said at San Sebastián that she knew some Spanish.
Vikander will soon star in the newest iteration of the video-game property “Tomb Raider,” which should take her far greater global stardom. But, at San Sebastian, Spanish journalists were as interested in grilling her about her opinions on women in cinema as her Hollywood fame. When asked how women’s presence in cinema had changed, she delivered a carefully measured view.
“I remember when ‘The Hunger Games,’ came out and you saw a female actress take center stage and prove it could be a good film, but also a huge commercial success.”
She went on: “Over the last few years, the awareness of the lack of balance has made people think differently and open their eyes to look for opportunity for everyone. Like with all these big subjects, I’m positive. I think there is progress and that it continues.”
As for having the phrase “Oscar-winning actress” now pinned before her name, Vikander stayed humble saying: “It still feels very new to me to hear those words. I grew up in a small town in Sweden and watched the Oscars at 2am with mom every year, it was a window to a different universe.”
“Submergence” opens the 65th San Sebastián Film Festival Friday night. It’s the highest-profile festival in the Spanish-speaking world, has a significant industry presence. But that didn’t phase Wenders.
“The pressure of the opening film doesn’t really concern me,” the director said before further dismissing any concerns over criticisms of his films. “I beg your pardon but I don’t read my reviews. I read reviews of other people’s films but with mine I just ask my wife.” He said that while good reviews can over-inflate your ego, bad ones “make you feel like s***t, and I think it’s best not to feel either.” | Variety
Inquirer – LOS ANGELES—“You always wonder if you are going to have chemistry,” Alicia Vikander said about her leading men as she starts each new movie. The actress certainly wondered about Michael Fassbender when they began filming “The Light Between Oceans.”
Well, not only does the pair have good chemistry; they fell in love on the New Zealand set of director Derek Cianfrance’s adaptation of ML Stedman’s novel of the same name.
In the drama set after World War I, Alicia and Michael play a lighthouse keeper (Tom) and his wife (Isabel), who’s recovering from two miscarriages and one stillbirth. When a baby washes ashore in a lifeboat, they raise her as their own.
Rachel Weisz also stars in the movie that recently debuted in the Venice Film Festival. Alicia, 27, and Michael, 39, made a sweet couple on the red carpet at the film’s premiere in the festival on the Lido.
The Swedish actress looked lovely in a simple linen white dress in this talk in West Hollywood, California. She was filming Wim Wenders’ “Submergence” and was set to go on location in the Faroe Islands, an archipelago located between Norway and Iceland.
“I am thrilled to go to the Faroe Islands,” she said. “I have never been there, and Wim says it’s like Mars.”
Excerpts from our interview:
What was it like to work with Michael? Was there immediate chemistry between the two of you?
We had met in industry events, like the Toronto Film Festival and the Baftas. But the first time we really had a chat was when we started rehearsals in Wellington (New Zealand). You always wonder if you are going to have chemistry with your coactor, especially when making a film that is intimate and emotionally intense. Yes, it felt easy from the very beginning.
Do you remember the first time you watched Michael in the movies?
I was in this little indie theater back home in Stockholm, Sweden, where I saw both “Hunger” and “Fish Tank” many years ago. I thought he was one of the bravest actors I had seen. So, for me, to know that Derek Cianfrance and Michael were involved in this project made me really want to be a part of it.
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Earlier today, Alicia and Michael took to Entertainment Weekly‘s tumblr to answer questions from fans! It’s a part of their “The Light Between Oceans” promotion, but they answered a lot of questions unrelated to the film as well. We’ve posted some of Alicia’s replies below, but check out EW’s tumblr HERE for everything + Michael’s replies as well!
Q: This film is based on a book, so can you tell us, what’s the best book you’ve read recently? I need reading recommendations!
A: 1Q84 by Haruki Marukami
Q: If you had to live the life of one of your characters, wich would you choose? Have a great day!
A: Ava out in the real world
Q: Michael and Alicia, you were in two of the most visually stunning films to come out last year: Macbeth and Ex Machina. The Light Between Oceans looks GORGEOUS as well. What are some of your favorite films based on visual appeal/cinematography?
A: I also loved Macbeth
Q: Michael and Alicia, Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?
A: I’ve had this question!! Ha ha ha. One horse-sized duck, I could beat! I would be terrified for 100 duck-sized horses.
Q: Did you have the chance to meet or talk to M.L. Stedman? Did she help you somehow to understand better your characters and their actions?Thank you
A: She came quite late in the shoot and visited the set. it was lovely to meet her.
Q: Do you have any favorite TV show?
A: Chef’s Table–I can’t wait for season 2!
Q: Michael, Alicia – first thought when you read the script?
A: I was quite blown away, I found myself tearing up reading the script which hasn’t really happened before.
Q: What’s your most memorable moment from the set of “the light between oceans”?
A: Michael milking the goats.
Q: Which things do you have in common with Isabel? Which similarities are there between you and your character?
A: She has a fun walk that I would love to use more myself in real life. I wish I have her energy and life force. And baby-stealing (just kidding).
Q: If you weren’t an actor/actress, what career do you think you would pursue?
A: My friend sometimes calls me their travel agent because I love planning vacation and itineraries with restaurants and places to go. So travel agent. Ha ha ha ha.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional character?
A: Dopey from Snow White. He seems like he enjoys life.
Alicia was featured in yesterday’s issue of Sunday Style Magazine, in which she talks about her beginner’s luck in Las Vegas, Jason Bourne and much more. Some beautiful outtakes have been added to our gallery, along with a stunning HQ digital version of the cover. We hope to have scans from her full feature up soon.
You can read her interview below – and I strongly suggest you do, as it’s a great interview. Alicia really is a breath of fresh air in Hollywood, and I am so proud of her for everything she has accomplished so far!
(Source)Alicia Vikander: How the Jason Bourne actress is taking Hollywood by storm
“I had beginner’s luck,” smiles Alicia Vikander. She’s talking about a night out with Matt Damon in Las Vegas, a town where luck can give — and luck can take away.
“Buy the ticket, take the ride,” preached Sin City’s glorifier, Hunter S.Thompson, and Vikander, like everyone else, did — albeit on the studio’s dime.
“We get per diems [daily payments from the production company] and it felt like Monopoly money. So I put $100 down and then I was like, ‘Oh sh*t.’ But I won two nights out of four. I should have stopped, of course.”
How much did you win? “I won 22 times my money,” she laughs. “But it was pure luck and no intelligence, really.”
The Vikander I meet on a crisp, bright winter’s day in Sydney is no beginner.
She is a slight, smiling woman curled cosily into a sofa — a striking contrast to the stern-faced, sharp-edged CIA operative she plays in Jason Bourne, the latest instalment of the Matt Damon juggernaut.
Casual in charcoal Acne Studios jeans and a grey Rag & Bone knit, Vikander, 27, looks relaxed, nursing a cup of lemon and ginger tea and kicking off her shoes as she snuggles cross-legged into the corner of the couch.
Perhaps it’s a Scandinavian thing — although she’s Swedish, she’s perfected the Danish art of hygge, that untranslatable word meaning warmth, cosiness and simplicity.
The first thing she does is compliment my very low-tech notebook and pen: “Most people bring all these iPads and phones and I don’t know what.”
Ironically, however, it’s among such an array of technology that her latest character is most at home.
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