Magazine article Screen International

Alicia Vikander at Goteborg Film Festival: 'Strong Women Are Alone on the Big Screen'

Magazine article Screen International

Alicia Vikander at Goteborg Film Festival: 'Strong Women Are Alone on the Big Screen'

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The Danish Girl actress was receiving the event’s Nordic Honorary Dragon Award.

Lisa Langseth and Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander returned to her hometown of Goteborg to accept the Nordic Honorary Dragon Award on the opening night of the Göteborg Film Festival yesterday (Jan 26).

The Swedish actress of The Danish Girl and the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot used the platform to talk about women in film.

She spoke of her experience making Swedish feature films “all with strong women”, including two with director Lisa Langseth - Vikander’s film debut Pure (2010) and Goteborg 2018 selection Euphoria, in which Vikander stars and also serves as a producer.

“It gave me the opportunity to experience a diversity that was meaningful for my personal development and it gave me inspiration as an artist. But it also made me realise something even greater. Strong women are alone - as women - on the big screen. The roles we play, we play against strong men.”

She realised this during the shoot for Tulip Fever, when she filmed a scene with Holliday Grainger and noticed that she hadn’t shared a scene with another female “for a very long time.”

“I did four leading roles in a row, and didn’t have a single scene together with another woman,” she recalled. …

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