“Diary” to open New Directors / New Films 2015

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Alexander Skarsgard’s movie “Diary of a Teenage Girl” is to open New Directors / New Films 2015 in New York. The festival will run from 18 to 29 March.

According to Variety

Marie Heller’s “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” the Sundance favorite that recently earned a prize at the Berlin Film Festival, will open the 44th annual outing of New Directors/New Films, the New York festival presented every year by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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Final “Diary” notes from Berlin Film Festival

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The Berlin Film Festival is now over and its currently unclear when we are going to hear any more about Alexander Skarsgard’s critically acclaimed movie “Diary of a Teenage Girl”. So we thought we just post some final festival buzz ……..

From meetmeinmontenegro

Berlinale final film watching day. Diary of a Teenage Girl is a must-see when it comes to your town! Funny, sad, beautiful, charming, utterly creative. One of our favorite films.

And from flicksforsanity

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“Vikings” Invasion 3 Starts Today

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Season 3 of Gustaf Skarsgard’s completely brilliant TV show “Vikings” finally gets under way tonight on the US History Channel (10pm ET). As you may be aware, we are very partial to the odd Viking on this site, and we’re looking forward to spending a few good weeks with Floki, King Ragnar and the rest of the kick-ass gang.

The Huffington Post have put together a list of 5 ways the Vikings will invade your life:

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Margot Robbie Talks Up “Tarzan”

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Alexander Skarsgard’s “Tarzan” co-star, Australian actress Margot Robbie, has been speaking (briefly) about the movie to Empire Magazine. It looks like Margot’s 2016 version of Jane will thankfully be holding her own in a movie dominated by top-class male actors – Alexander, Samuel L Jackson, Christoph Waltz, John Hurt & Djimon Hounsou.

Take her role as Jane in David Yates’ upcoming adaption of Tarzan, for example. When EMPIRE recently wondered aloud to producer David Barron if she was the film’s damsel in distress, he blurted, “Oh good Lord, no. One doesn’t hire Margot Robbie to play a damsel in distress…”

“That’s so funny,” she says, “because that was the first thing I said. I have no interest in being that.When I read the Tarzan script it felt like Indiana Jones meets Pirates of the Caribbean, a mix of big adventure, fun and humour.” When the now-fully-civilised John Clayton III, Lord Greystroke (Alexander Skarsgård), is asked to return to the Congo, Jane decides that she will travel with him, despite the inherent danger. “John has no say in the matter,” she insists. “This Jane is feisty, capable, very outspoken and not a damsel.”

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“Diary” Wins Berlinale Generation 14plus International Jury Best Film Prize

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CONGRATULATIONS to Alexander Skarsgard and everyone involved with “Diary of a Teenage Girl” which today has been awarded a top prize – Best Feature Length Film – at the Berlin Film Festival’s Generations Sidebar (the section of the festival aimed at younger audiences).

From Berlinale Festival Official Site

The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the best feature-length film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education):
The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Marielle Heller, USA 2014

With its vibrant cinematic language, including flawless production design, this film reveals an authentic and unique woman discovering her own artistic voice and power, remarkably portrayed by a stunning newcomer. For the superlative characters brought to life by a brilliant ensemble and their director, as well as the uncompromising rejection of conventional morality in favor of human complexity the Grand Prix for the best feature goes to The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Marielle Heller.

This is the second festival prize for “Diary” which also picked up the Cinematography Award at Sundance in January.

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“Diary” at Berlinale

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Diary of a Teenage Girl” had its European debut at the Berlin Film Festival, Berlinale last Saturday. The movie was as warmly received here as it had been at Sundance earlier in the month. All 3 showings quickly sold out shortly after the tickets were released. Alexander didn’t attend, but Bel Powley and director Marielle Heller were there.

The Berlin Film Journal posted a great review:

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Behind the scenes on “Vikings” Season 3

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Gustaf Skarsgard’s hit TV show Vikings returns to the US History Channel for Season 3 in just 8 days time. It’s the first of 3 TV shows that will feature a Skarsgard in a leading role in 2015. Later (probably June) Bill will appear in the final season of Hemlock Grove, and their father Stellan has been busy filming River, a new detective show for the BBC in the UK.

It’s hard for anything to make up for the lack of Alexander we’ll all be feeling on our TVs this year, but at least his wonderfully talented family are helping to ease our pain. Here’s a little Behind The Scenes video for Vikings Season 3 to wet your appetite.

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Alexander Skarsgard talks to Bustle

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Bustle have released an interview with Alexander Skarsgard today, in which he talks about the sex scenes in  Diary of a Teenage Girl and the double standards of female sexuality.

“It was important to layer their relationship and not make him solely a predator,” says Alexander Skarsgard of his “Diary of a Teenage Girl” character character. In the film, Skarsgard plays a man who’s sleeping with his girlfriend’s 15-year-old daughter, played by newcomer Bel Powley, in 1970s San Francisco. Based on a graphic novel adapted by writer/director Marielle Heller, the movie unfolds without side-stepping around the controversial issues at hand.

“It was very emotional,” Skarsgard says of watching the film for the first time at Sundance Film Festival 2015. “It’s always fun when you watch it for the first time to listen to the audience and see what they find funny.” Like what? “Bel giving me a blowjob, apparently that was funny.”

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“Diary of a Teenage Girl” IndieWire Interview

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Another new “Diary” interview has been released today, this time it’s Alexander Skarsgard, Bel Powley and Marielle Heller talking to IndieWire about how they  got involved with the daring project and their biggest concerns about telling the unconventional coming-of-age story.

How did you find your Monroe?

Marielle Heller (MH): We talked a lot about the character of Monroe and how crucial it was to cast the perfect actor who could toe the line between the darkness and the humor and could find the humanity in this guy and let us into his life in a way that we could enter it without judgement and relate to him at times. We needed to be able to go on this emotional journey that Minnie goes on where she falls in love with him and feels every possible emotion towards him over the course of the journey. Alex [Skarsgard] is just the perfect person for this part. It was after I saw him in “What Maisie Knew,” that I knew he needed to have this part. I think that Alex gives such a great performance and it could be the type of thing that other actors shy away from because this character is scary. It’s a scary character to play, But Alex came in with no judgement, with total humanity and clued into the parts of this character that he could relate to and found a way to round him out that I just found to be so inspiring.

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Alexander Skarsgard & Bel Powley talk to “Vulture”

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A new interview with Alexander Skarsgard and his “Diary of a Teenage Girl” co-star Bel Powley has been released today by Vulture

They talk about their characters relationship in the movie and about  sex scenes and 70′s mustaches:

If you’ve been missing Alexander Skarsgård’s naked torso since the finale of True Blood, never fear. There’s plenty of Skarsgård to be seen inThe Diary of A Teenage Girl, one of the highlights of this very sexy Sundance. Diary is the directorial debut of actress Marielle Heller, who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel herself. The film tells the story of precocious 15-year old artist Minnie (newcomer Bel Powley), who lives with her very permissive single mother (Kristen Wiig) in 1976 San Francisco, and is in the midst of experiencing a sexual awakening in the very capable and surprisingly not lecherous hands of her mother’s boyfriend, twenty years her senior (Skarsgård, 38). “I just had sex. Holy shit!” is the first line of the movie, narrated from Minnie’s thoughts. Sony Pictures Classics picked up the distribution rights and Powley, who’s 22 and pulls off an American accent so seamlessly you’d never suspect she’s British, is enjoying the well-deserved heaps of praise and “It Girl” status Cary Mulligan enjoyed back in 2009 for the similar (but more creepy and less naked) An Education. Jada Yuan caught up with the pair as they scarfed down hamburgers to talk unorthodox auditions, on-screen chemistry, and why the ‘70s were the golden age of mustaches.

First of all, why did both of you want to sign on for this? It’s a beautiful story and beautifully told, but there are a lot of sex scenes.
Powley: I think it’s a really important story for women and for young girls and I think it needed to be told. The character of Minnie, everything she does, the way she feels, the way she acts really resonated with me. It’s what I was like as a teenage girl and I think it’s going to resonate with every woman. I was also 15 seven years ago, so I can remember.

Were you that precocious at 15?
Powley: Yeah, I was, at times. You don’t have to have an affair with your mum’s boyfriend to be able to relate with Minnie and how she acts. I think it’s just more the extremity of feelings that you have when you’re a teenager and like, the frustration and when you’re really hormonal and you flip between emotions.

Skarsgård: And she’s not always precocious. I feel like sometimes she’s like a little child. And I feel like Monroe has that quality as well. I think that’s kind of how they find each other in a way. There are moments where he’s like a 15-year-old boy and then he pulls himself out of that, like “Oh, no, now I’m a grown man.” And I think that gives life to their relationship.

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The Best of the “Diary of a Teenage Girl” Reviews from Sundance

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We were all pretty busy last weekend trying to keep up with all the gorgeous new photographs of Alexander Skarsgard coming out of his promotional trip to Sundance, but in the midst of all the skarsporn madness, his movie “Diary of a Teenage Girl” became a big festival hit with the critics and audiences alike.

Below are some of the highlights from some of the great reviews, each with a link below to click for the full feature.

Most impressively, however, Heller maintains the book’s seriocomic ambivalence — which makes sense when reading the bright yet very immature first-person meanderings of a 15-year-old mind circa 1976 on the page, but might easily have curdled into sensationalism or grotesquerie onscreen. Minnie probably doesn’t know what the word “pederasty” is, and doesn’t think of herself as a victim. But at the same time, she’s very badly served by her lack of responsible adult role models — Mom, Monroe and their friends seem to be living improvisational lives that any children must just fit into as best they can.

Faithful to the book’s vision (if more physically attractive), Skarsgard makes Monroe so easygoing and likable you sometimes forget that his passivity is actually a contemptible willingness to let his libido make decisions by default — for which he then blames “manipulative” Minnie.

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“Diary” Wins Sundance Special Jury Award for Cinematography

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“Diary of a Teenage Girl” Director of Photography, Brandon Trost, won the Specialist Jury Award for Cinematography at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Awards last night. A great way to end the festival for the movie which has been greeted enthusiastically by both audiences and critics.

Congratulations to Brandon, who earlier in the week spoke to IndieWire about his work on the movie:

How I shot that: DP Brandon Trost on shooting Sundance Darling “Diary of a Teenage Girl”

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“Diary” Video Interviews with Park City TV & The Wrap

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Here are 2 more video interviews from last weekend at Sundance, with Alexander Skarsgard, Bel Powley and Marielle Heller talking about their big festival hit  “Diary of a Teenage Girl“.

Firstly from Park City Television on the red carpet.

And secondly their interview with The Wrap at the Sundance Indiegogo Lounge

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“Diary” European Debut on February 7 at Berlinale

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 “Diary of a Teenage Girl” will make its European debut on Saturday February 7 at Berlinale (Berlin Film Festival). There will also be 2 more showings of the movie on Monday February 9 and Saturday February 15. If you are lucky enough to live around Berlin, the first batch of tickets goes on sale on Monday.

“Diary of a Teenage Girl” Berlinale Information

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