Magazine article Screen International

Alicia Vikander and Lisa Langseth Talk Diversity, Producing and 'Euphoria'

Magazine article Screen International

Alicia Vikander and Lisa Langseth Talk Diversity, Producing and 'Euphoria'

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The pair spoke to Screen about their working relationship and new projects.

‘Euphoria’

Swedish writer-director Lisa Langseth and actress Alicia Vikander have teamed up on Euphoria, their third feature collaboration following Pure (2010) and Hotell (2013).

For Vikander, Euphoria also marks her debut as a producer, while Langseth tackles her first English-language project.

Screen: This is a different experience for both of you. Lisa, working on an English-language production, and Alicia, the first film to emerge from your production company Vikarious Productions. How did the project come together?

Lisa Langseth: I have worked with other production companies, but since Alicia started Vikarious, I thought it made sense to work together so we could have the freedom to choose the people we want to work with and keep the power inside the project.

Alicia Vikander: I had been wanting to start this production company for a while with Charles [Collier, her London-based agent at Tavistock Wood] because I had as an actor been involved in the different stages [of filmmaking], such as the script process and later in the editing stage. More and more, I wanted to be a part of filmmaking as a whole. So when Lisa approached me with this project, we decided to do it together and I proposed that we make it in English to have a bigger audience. I thought it had potential to be an international project.

How was the film set up as a co-production?

Vikander: Once we decided it would be in English, that allowed us to partner with different production companies. We received private equity in the UK and European subsidy through the Swedish Film Institute and Dancing Camel in Germany. That enabled us to work with a range of different talent and voices.

The film is about sisters and the end of life. Why did you want to tell this story?

Langseth: The film is about life itself, the choices we make and why. These existential questions are the reason I make movies. The sisters [played by Vikander and Eva Green] wrestle with questions I have asked myself: What is our responsibility for others? What does freedom mean? I set out to make a visually beautiful film about these universal and complicated questions. …

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