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Lasse Hallström

Hallström and wife Lena Olin at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival
Born Lars Sven Hallström
(1946-06-02) 2 June 1946 (age 70)
Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s)

Malou Hallström
(m. 1974; div. 1981)

Lena Olin
(m. 1994)

Children 3

My father was an amateur filmmaker who shot 8mm color documentaries.
My father would tell anyone who would listen that this dentist thing he was doing was not his passion; cinematography was.
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But now I wish I could back to Stockholm to make international films there.
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I love improvising.
My films do have characters who have trouble escaping the world around them.
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But I notice that there is a lack of darkness in my movies and I don't know where that comes from.
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I love mixing amateurs and professionals.
I really want to have actors contribute their own ideas, with phrasings and ideas on all levels.
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I always need a couple of highlights to really spark the passion for a project.
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Many of the comedies I had made in Sweden were slightly based on semi-autobiographical experiences, so adapting novels was a very different experience.
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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.
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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.
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I am always more interested in performance and character depiction, and my direction says as much.
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I feel the need to work with my wife, Lena Olin, again.
I was always attracted by the European way of life, but I am deeply Swedish.
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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.
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ABBA: The Movie; I got a lot of grief for working on that.
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.
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It's just, for me, the natural standard: a woman should be able to decide over her own body.
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I think I avoid stepping into sentimentality by trying to be as truthful as possible with performances.
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My key interest in choosing scripts is character-driven stories, because there are so many stories that sacrifice character for plot.
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I really want to have actors contribute their own ideas, with phrasings and ideas on all levels.
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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.
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I'm on this diet where you're supposed to eat only fish and meat.
I always try to preserve my cinematographic style, even while I work in the US. I wish to always be European.
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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.
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Cinema has become a global economy, totally international.
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.
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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.
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A film that is bleached tends to have a more realistic quality.
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.
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