director Maria Sødahl’s HOPE has won this year’s Europa Cinemas
Label as Best European film in the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama
section. The film will now benefit from promotional support from Europa
Cinemas and better exhibition thanks to a financial incentive for
network cinemas to include it in their programme schedule.
can watch the HOPE press conference at
Berlinale that took place today
at this link.
coronavirus has interrupted some filming plans for the Skarsgård
family. "What Remains" was to begin filming next week in Finland.
The starring role was given to son Gustaf with a script co-written by
Stellan's wife Megan. The film is a co-production with Chinese
investors, but the coronavirus has caused financial problems for the
Chinese film industry after ticket sales have plunged in the country.
Director and co-writer Ran Huang has been planning this project for six
years. Stellan says, "It is possible that the project will be re-opened
when funding becomes available." Stellan was to also star in the film in
a minor role.
portrait of Stellan was taken by Icelandic/Swedish photographer
Baldur Bodhi Bragason. His photography has been described as having
a heightened feeling of reality or "Reality Plus" tending towards
illustration and he often will use studio techniques out on location
blending available light and artificial sources together for his
take on what we should perceive as his take on reality.
This photo isn't dated but we know it was taken at least five years
little history on the photograph used on the home page of this web site.
There are two black and white photos taken by Swedish photographer
Andreas Öhlund - one of Stellan
looking very serious and one of him laughing. I chose the one of him
laughing because I believe it reflects his true personality. Both photos
first appeared in the 2011 issue of The Lab Magazine. Four years later the
serious photo was featured in the October 2015 issue of Empire magazine.
It has since been discovered as an autographed photograph by German
illustrator Jole Stamenkovic.
Several artists, who have
published their work online, have dabbled with caricatures of
Stellan or drawn him from original portraits or from specific roles.
The first one is actually a painting - great work!
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Stellan fans aren't aware of his wife's professional life. Megan
Everett was born on March 3, 1976, in Ohio. During her high school
days, she developed an interest in writing and eventually moved to
Ireland where she joined The Script Factory. She then worked for the
famous advertising company DDB Worldwide as a copy writer.
While working at DDB in Dublin, Megan got an opportunity to work for
world-renowned clients, such as Volkswagen and Carlsberg. She has
also written two children's books and is
currently associated with the Swedish entertainment industry as a
screenwriter and producer.
More info on the lesser-known
Skarsgård family - Though
Stellan often speaks of his large family, he doesn't mention that he
also has at least two grandchildren. His son Sam, who opted out of
the acting busines, followed in his mother's footsteps becoming a
doctor. The 37-year-old and his wife Sanna were married in September
2013 and have at least one son. Then there's Bill who fathered a
child with Swedish actress Alida Morberg so Stellan has a 16-month
old granddaughter named Miracle.
Stellan's only daughter Eija
has also avoided the acting world. She did some modeling for a while
and then switched to serving as a nightclub manager. She is
presently working as a manager at Vassa Eggen Steakhouse.
The 28-year-old has been engaged to boyfriend Zeke Tastas since
2017. Here are a couple sweet photos of Eija with her parents.
I posted another 25 photos from the Golden Globe ceremony and
after party at this link.
Radio is currently featuring a January interview with Stellan. It will be available for the next 22 days. You can listen to it
at this link.
conversation begins with a discussion on director Terry Gilliam ("The
Man Who Killed Don Quixote") and his steadfast obsession to make the
film despite several obstacles over the past 25 years. What was
Stellan's experience with him? He was "flolicking in his presence." Love
it! And does Stellan have any obsessions. He admits to cooking. Yes,
he's obsessed about food but not about his work. When asked about
any indelible characters he's played, he names "River" as one he feels
close to. He says, "I'm very fond that man." Such a
great series! A must-see for every fan!
He also loves his character in "The
Simple-Minded Murderer". Remember he won the Silver Berlin Bear for
his performance back in 1982. And has any role changed him? Probably
portraying Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of
Jews during WW II. The film was called "God
afton, Herr Wallenberg"
And what makes him happy? Family.
Having eight children and two wives within walking distance of each
other, and the laughter he gets from watching his two youngest boys,
Ossian and Kolbjörn. Aren't they adorable?
month The Observer published this short article on Stellan called "This
Much I Know".
additions to this web site include a page devoted to last month's
Gothenburg Film Festival and
the film page for HOPE, which will be
screened later this month at the Berlin International Film Festival.
It previously enjoyed a successful world premiere at the Toronto
International Film Festival in September, a theatrical release in
Norway in November and a US premiere at the Palm Springs
International Film Festival last month.
Directed and written by Maria
Sødahl, Hope is a
romance about a woman and her relationship with her husband after
she's diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Maria called the film her
work after she received her cancer
diagnosis nine years ago when doctors gave
her only three months to live. Obviously,
they were wrong! It has not been widely publicized that Maria is
actually the wife of Hans Petter Moland, the Norwegian director with
whom Stellan has done five films.
Having been close friends to
the Moland family for years, Stellan could easily relate to the
material because he personally experienced the event. The photo
below shows Stellan kissing Maria at the
Kosmorama International Film Festival in April of 2011.
Maria never intended for the two leads to
actually be herself and her husband. To avoid this, she made the age
gap bigger and changed their professional lives. As to the closeness
of what actually happened, Maria says their actions are pretty
similar - apart from the way the actors interpret the situations.
She's satisfied that Stellan and co-star Andrea Hovig reinvented the
script and accentuated new details, bringing their own energy and
personality to the characters. Stellan says he would never pretend
to be Hans because he talks too slowly.
Maria & Hans
And the question comes up,
does Stellan speak Norwegian in this film? He responds, "I
have only acted in English and Swedish, actually. All the Norwegian
films I've been doing with Maria's
husband and with Maria, now, I have been talking in Swedish. But I've
done so many Norwegian films in Swedish, I think the Norwegian
audience think I'm talking in Norwegian,
but I just have sort of a speech impediment.
Stellan also comments on the
home, specially built at Sweden's Trollhättan.
"When I came into that
apartment, I became so happy. They have six children; I have eight
children. They live a very similar life to me, and when I came into
that apartment, it was one of the first sets that I’ve
that felt like home. It has layers of time in it. You can see a
relationship that has been going on for years, and every single
thing has a history. It was fantastic. It was a wonderful apartment
to work in."
Lastly, here's a photo shoot
done in Oslo on November 20, 2019 with Stellan and his director and