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Born: 1946-06-02
Profession: Director
Nation: Swedish
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I love involving actors at all levels - and they have to know that I want to hear their contributions, with dialogue, with story suggestions, with script changes, whatever.

Tags: Love, Story, Whatever

It was important on The Shipping News to have my house far enough away from each location so I had this time in the morning to think about my shots and still remain open to surprises once I got to the set.

Tags: Enough, Morning, Time

Kevin, as the whole cast is, just wonderful people and great people, and people who are attracted to this kind of material and accepting the idea of going to Newfoundland and knowing the kind of lack of amenities.

Tags: Great, Whole, Wonderful

Many of the comedies I had made in Sweden were slightly based on semi-autobiographical experiences, so adapting novels was a very different experience.

Tags: Based, Experience, Sweden

To see my wife getting inspired from my notes and thoughts, going in the direction I wanted, and have her surprise me with wonderful choices was a real treat.

Tags: Real, Thoughts, Wife

A film that is bleached tends to have a more realistic quality.

Tags: Film, Quality, Realistic

ABBA: The Movie; I got a lot of grief for working on that.

Tags: Grief, Movie, Working

But I notice that there is a lack of darkness in my movies and I don't know where that comes from.

Tags: Darkness, Lack, Movies

But now I wish I could back to Stockholm to make international films there.

Tags: Films, Stockholm, Wish

Cinema has become a global economy, totally international.

Tags: Become, Cinema, Economy

I always need a couple of highlights to really spark the passion for a project.

Tags: Couple, Passion, Project

I always try to preserve my cinematographic style, even while I work in the US. I wish to always be European.

Tags: Try, Wish, Work

I am always more interested in performance and character depiction, and my direction says as much.

Tags: Character, Direction, Interested

I feel the need to work with my wife, Lena Olin, again.

Tags: Again, Wife, Work

I love improvising.

Tags: Love

I love mixing amateurs and professionals.

Tags: Love, Mixing

I made all their videos, apart from the last two, so if you ever see an Abba video on TV then it's my stuff.

Tags: Last, Stuff, Tv
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I really want to have actors contribute their own ideas, with phrasings and ideas on all levels.

Tags: Contribute, Ideas, Levels

I think I avoid stepping into sentimentality by trying to be as truthful as possible with performances.

Tags: Avoid, Possible, Trying

I was always attracted by the European way of life, but I am deeply Swedish.

Tags: Attracted, Deeply, Life

I'm on this diet where you're supposed to eat only fish and meat.

Tags: Diet, Eat, Fish

It's just, for me, the natural standard: a woman should be able to decide over her own body.

Tags: Able, Her, Woman

My father was an amateur filmmaker who shot 8mm color documentaries.

Tags: Color, Father, Shot

My father would tell anyone who would listen that this dentist thing he was doing was not his passion; cinematography was.

Tags: Father, Passion, Tell

My films do have characters who have trouble escaping the world around them.

Tags: Characters, Films, Trouble

My key interest in choosing scripts is character-driven stories, because there are so many stories that sacrifice character for plot.

Tags: Character, Interest, Sacrifice

I can't go back and label myself as an outcast because I was a pretty well-adjusted kid, but I can certainly relate to the feeling of being an outsider.

Tags: Feeling, Kid, Pretty

I discovered the 7th art at home when I was kid, through Charlie Chaplin's movies and those of my father who shot documentaries. He was my biggest influence. So I took his camera and started shooting.

Tags: Art, Home, Movies

I got to work with my wife, Lena Olin, for the first time, which was great. I thought it might be difficult in some way to talk to one's wife in a different way but it was so not forced.

Tags: Great, Time, Work

I imagined that it might be awkward to talk to your wife about her performance, so going into it I was a little nervous. But doing it was actually a wonderfully inspiring experience.

Tags: Experience, Talk, Wife
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