Nordisk has announced that Maria Sødahl’s critically acclaimed
drama HOPE has been selected for the Panorama Section at
the Berlin International Film Festival
2020 (February 20th – March 1st). Following
the successful world premiere in the Discovery
Section at the Toronto International Film
Festival, HOPE now makes its European debut on one of the most
prestigious festival scenes in the world; the Berlinale.
Great news for Stellan! The director responded with,
"Showing HOPE in Berlin, the world’s largest film festival, is
absolutely wonderful! We get to meet a wide audience, international
press and begin the launch of the film outside of Norway. I have great
faith in this remarkable love story and its ability to reach many
Golden Globe nominations were announced this week, and among them
were five nominations for HBO's CHERNOBYL.
I'm so pleased to say that Mr. Skarsgård
is up for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series.
Congratulations, Stellan! Mark your calendar for the January 5th
Maria Sødahl's personal film HOPE, starring Stellan and Andrea
Bræin Hovig, was released on Norwegian screens on Friday by SF Studios.
In an interview with the director/writer, Maria spoke about casting the
leads. She shared, "I knew from an early stage that I wanted Stellan in
the role of Tomas. Besides being a wonderful actor, in real life he has
experienced similar situations to his character: he has many children
from different marriages, he knows what it means to be in a ‘bonus’
family, and has dealt with cancer in his family. He is not
sentimental... I cast 15 actresses between 40-50. I simply wanted to
find the best actress, and there was Andrea! So perfect for her part. In
the film she is in every frame. She has the ability to be both extravert
and introvert, and her fascinating appearance made every new take
different and interesting. And not without importance, both Andrea and
Stellan possess an indispensable sense of black humor."
one of Stellan's recent films has been chosen as the Czech Republic's
international film entry at the 2020 Oscars.
THE PAINTED BIRD premiered in
competition at this year's Venice Film Festival, where it won the Cinema
for UNICEF Award. IFC picked up U.S. rights and will open the movie next
year. The Holocaust film, based on the controversial Joseph
Kosinski novel, follows a young Jewish boy in Eastern Europe who seeks
refuge during World War II.
recently came across this Internet article from tvovermind.com that
highlighted the five best films of Stellan's career. It was indeed
laughable and obviously the writer had never seen the Swede in a
non-English film. Would anyone include one of the "Pirates of the
Caribbean" franchise?!! Anyway, I have included the introduction below,
which is somewhat interesting.
"Let’s just come out and say
it, Stellan Skarsgård is a very
scary-looking individual when he wants to be and he can be menacing
as hell when the situation calls for it. But he can also be the
kindly and companionable individual that a lot of people want him to
be since he does have that capacity and it is in him to be warm and
inviting. In other words he’s one of the most balanced actors out
there and it’s fun just to watch him to see what side is going to
come out and know that it doesn’t matter since it will be enjoyable
all the same. When it does come to him being the bad guy though the
only thing that would slow him down in terms of competing with other
bad guys is his physical stature since he’s not a powerhouse, but he
still cuts a very impressive figure. That being said though just his
gravely voice at times is enough to send a chill down the spine."