Vecko Revyn (Swedish magazine) - August 19, 1986
Changing light from Skagen.
on his way to a tragedy.
Stellan has the leading role in
a new movie by Kjell Grede. A positive
tragedy about the famous colony of artists in Skagen.
He plays the artist Soren Krøyer,
who wanted to be the happiest
man in the world.
The beach is being cleaned from footprints and garbage. The big film
crew is ready to film in the harsh
wind. Behind the camera, director Kjell Grede
does a last minute check to see that everything is correct.
But once again the actors get a last minute instruction to move a
couple meters to the right. Everything has got
to be perfect for the filming of this big
Scandinavian filming project,
Hipp hipp hurra!
The budget's film is about
15 million Swedish kronors and should be
enough to keep everything going for almost three months. Most of the
crew are living in the built-up
hamlet in Skagen, Kanderstedene. A hotel,
which has served its time, acts as the filming
studio. Outside there are standing barracks
which were recently placed there and in them
live the film's crew and actors. Some of them who have
a lot of filming days have rented their own
The language is mixed and changes between Swedish,
Danish and Norwegian. On this particular day the
languages from all three countries are
mixed down at the beach. Everybody has been able to get to know each
other and knows where there can be problems
and what they should watch out for.
The Swede Kjell Grede, who
directs and has written the script, is getting
used to it. Filming is getting on well and
Kjell is happy with the takes so far. But there are lots of technical
problems with the sudden changing light of
at the border at Frederikshamn,"
says Kjell. "The
light will change noticeably when you get
north of the town. The light is able to change character and intensity
in seconds. You have to spend the time well. Most of the time
there's nothing else to do but wait for good
"When I started to think
about this filming idea after a visit here many
years ago, it struck me that one
hundred years ago people were living here who were
happy. There was a colony of artists who came back every year. One of
them had to be the lead in the movie, Soren Krøyer.
But it could likely have been one of the other
artists. Its Krøyer's
painting “Hipp, hipp hurra” which became the theme of the movie. The
artist who decided to be the happiest man on earth.
is playing the great role of Soren Krøyer.
The script was written especially
for the 35-year-old
successful actor. Now he's
taken time off from Dramaten for two years because of the filming
of Hipp, hipp hurra! and other upcoming
"It's nice to be
able to act as something
other than strange characters,"
says Stellan while he smokes a cigarette.
is so positive, even if there is tragedy in
the end. I was born in Stavenger
in 1851 and then I died here in Skagen in1909.
Before that I had lots of happy moments. I was the most beloved artist
in Denmark and then also the richest. That was
began to fail."
The social life was prospering as never before when
went to Skagen, giving parties between periods
of hard work with painting. The infant prodigy from nowhere. The year
He had already
been accepted at the Academy
of Art at the age of 13 and was regarded as a child
prodigy. He left Copenhagen some years later and traveled
around Europe learning more. As a fully-
fledged 30-year-old, he
returned to Denmark. His real name was Peder Severin Krøyer.
Now he was the centerpiece of the artists in Skagen and Scandinavia.
"It is nice to be here in Skagen
and experience the child prodigy. I am here with my family. We're
staying in a house. It is great to come home and have a good Danish beer
and light a cigarette," says Stellan.
He takes off the white coat
that protects his white suit and walks away on the beach to
do a scene in the film. It will be a
fateful day for Stellan in the movie. He will lose
his lovely and beloved wife. The Swedish composer/artist
will upset his happiness
and will disappear with his
one of these days when everything should be dramatic,"
Stellan continues. "It has
to be a very tragic moment when Hugo disappears
with Marie Krøyer.
It was after this moment that the life of
was broken into pieces."
nice to be away from the theater
and able to experiment with this kind of film.
But I won't stay away from theatre. The
contact with the audience is priceless."
For Marie Krøyer,
played by Pia Vieth, there were many
years of happiness before it
was interrupted by her new love, Hugo
Pia thinks the new Scandinavian project is exciting.
She is known by the Danish audience for her
work in television, where she has played many different roles She
debuted in 1982 in “Den ubemarksomme elsker”.
She is now playing
the most beautiful woman in Denmark during this
happy time in Skagen.
opposite Stellan is a really fun experience. I understand why he is
popular in Sweden. On the whole, it's
a very nice atmosphere among the actors here
by Camilla Hultén
with our sincere thanks]