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What Maisie Knew TIFF 2012 Review on MyETVmedia

Review of “What Maisie Knew” by MyETVmedia:
What Maisie Knew, adapted from the Henry James novella of the same name, is a little gem of a film starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Alexander Skaarsgard and newcomer Onata Aprile. True to the novella, Co-Directors McGehee and David Siegel use the camera to give us seven year-old Maisie’s view of her dysfunctional parents in the midst of a torrid and destructive divorce. James’ novel was acclaimed for its profound insights and interior perspective of the child in the circumstance, and the transition from the page to the screen is successfully rendered with the help of a tightly crafted script set in modern day New York City by screenwriter Carroll Cartwright. Not since Kramer vs. Kramer has a film so capably explored a disastrous marriage and its consequences with such acuity.

That Henry James’ novels have been such fertile ground for filmmakers is no surprise. His themes and motifs are timeless, characters engaging, resonant and thoroughly modern. Of the dozens of screen adaptations of James’ novels since the 1930’s, Hollywood has most recently churned out Jane Campion’s Portrait of A Lady (1996), Agnieszka Holland’s Washington Square (1998), Iain Softley’s The Wings of the Dove (1998) and The Turn of the Screw (In A Dark Place, 2006). Each of these films pit a cynicism against innocence in circumstances with different but nonetheless intriguing results. This adaptation of What Maisie Knew is no exception.

For the full review please click on link below:

What Maisie Knew TIFF 2012 Review on MyETVmedia.

Alexander Skarsgard Answers Fan Questions: NY Times

The New York Times art beat asked fans for questions to be answered by Alexander Skarsgard while he was in Toronto for TIFF 2012. The excerpt is below:


TORONTO— During our time at the Toronto International Film Festival, we’ve been talking to filmmakers and actors and, on this occasion, taking some of your questions with us. On Saturday, we solicited questions for Alexander Skarsgard, who plays the Teutonic vampire Eric Northman in the HBO series “True Blood” and is here to promote “What Maisie Knew,” an adaptation of the Henry James novel set in New York City. We received quite a number of varied questions and chose a selection to ask the Swedish-born Mr. Skarsgard, whose character, Lincoln, is a bartender who gets caught up in a nasty custody battle after he marries Julianne Moore’s Susanna. Below are his responses.Q.

I was really struck by the different physical characterizations of Lincoln and Eric after attending [Friday’s] premiere of “What Maisie Knew,” and having just finished watching the season finale of “True Blood.” What discussions or collaborations are involved in determining the physical presence and representation of a character? — Ellen C, Toronto


To me, it’s all about inspiration. What gets me creatively excited is a challenge. There’s gotta be a discovery. When I read a script and have my first interaction with this character, do I feel like there’s something I’m gonna learn here? If I feel like it’s something I’ve done before, then what’s the incentive for me to do it? That’s why, after playing Eric Northman for seven months shooting a season, I don’t want to play Eric Northman in a movie, but just without fangs. I want to try new things.

Mr. Skarsgard with Onata Aprile in "What Maisie Knew."Nicole RivelliMr. Skarsgard with Onata Aprile in “What Maisie Knew.”

Wondering if you are in interested in doing a comedy? — Gina Bianchin, Chicago


Yeah, absolutely. I’ve done that in Sweden before. My first film out here was actually a comedy, “Zoolander,” many years ago. I had a small part in that. But I’d love that. It’s different, and something I haven’t done in a while.


Concerning your career: Who would you love to work with? Do you think you will ever direct a movie? — Elaine, Nashville


Isabelle Huppert, the French actress. She’s amazing. And I’ve directed a bit in Sweden. I wrote and directed a short film a couple of years ago. It’s called “To Kill a Child.” Very uplifting (laughs). It’s based on a short story about a car accident and a man kills a child. My kid brother who is now 17, but he was 8 when we shot it, plays the little kid in the movie. I want to do more. It’s just about finding the right project and, obviously, timing.

For the rest of the Q &A please click here:

TIFF 2012 Schedule Released: What Maisie Knew and Disconnect

Alexander Skarsgard will have two films featured at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. The dates of the screenings for “What Maisie Knew” and Disconnect are below:

What Maisie Knew:

Friday September 7
Roy Thomson Hall
9:30 PM
Saturday September 8
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
12:45 PM
Sunday September 16
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
3:30 PM


Tuesday September 11
Princess of Wales
7:00 PM
Wednesday September 12
Ryerson Theatre
12:00 PM
Sunday September 16
Scotiabank 3
9:15 AM

To purchase tickets please visit this link at TIFF.net

As of today there has been no official confirmation whether or not Alexander Skarsgard will be able to attend the screenings. It might be a last minute decision. As soon as any official announcement is made I’ll post on the site. (per his manager)

UPDATE: 9/6/12:  Per Alex’s manager things are looking pretty good for Alex to be there at TIFF 2012!! Can’t wait to get the photos from the event! Good luck to all the fans that are there.

What Maisie Knew TIFF Festival Gala Presentation

Alexander Skarsgard’s upcoming film “What Maisie Knew” will be presented at TIFF (Toronto Internation Film Festival).

The film description:

Drawing from classic American literature but rooted in today’s New York City, What Maisie Knew is an affecting portrait of a family coming apart, as seen from the vantage point of a six-year-old girl who watches the adults around her behave like children.

Susanna (Julianne Moore) is a pushy but seductive rock and roll icon married to Beale (Steve Coogan), a charming, distracted art dealer. Unnerved by the prospect of middle-aged stasis and drawn to other lovers, the couple eventually divorces. Maisie (Onata Aprile), their only child, is caught in the middle of it all, a flesh-and-blood bargaining tool who winds up being shuttled back and forth between her parents as they each attempt to start their lives afresh with new partners. Quietly precocious and a keen observer, Maisie begins to understand how essentially selfish, irresponsible and damaged her parents really are. With time their new relationships disintegrate as well, and Maisie is forced to consider whether or not she should try to construct for herself a whole new family altogether.

The genius of Henry James’ novel lay in its uncanny ability to capture its young protagonist’s developing consciousness over time. As rendered by the directing duo of Scott McGehee and David Siegel (who also dealt sensitively with complicated parent-child relations in The Deep End and Bee Season), this screen version conveys Maisie’s internal world not so much through language as images. In Aprile, they have found a truly remarkable child star, with a gaze that arrests us with its sincerity and knowingness. Hers is an unforgettable performance, beautifully matched by her adult co-stars Moore (feisty, compelling, and often clad in leopard-print outfits) and Coogan, who is by turns frustrating and endearing in an atypical dramatic role. A grown-up film about childhood and a scathing look at two childish grown-ups,What Maisie Knew is, above all, wickedly amusing and cuttingly insightful.

To purchase tickets please visit TIFF.net

Official Trailer:

What Maisie Knew Is Confirmed for Toronto Film Festival

Finally it is confirmed this time! “What Maisie Knew” will be at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for opening weekend. Alexander Skarsgard has the role of Lincoln in this film. Minerva Production Tweeted :

The film will be presented on Friday September 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm. Good luck to all the fans who will be there! The page here has information on the film: The link here will take you to the Toronto International Film Festival website: TIFF

The gallery below has some screen caps from the film trailer:

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Alexander Skarsgard Attends TIFF for Melancholia Premiere


Alexander Skarsgard attended the Toronto International Film Festival today along with his Melancholia co-stars- Kristen Dunst and Keifer Sutherland. The gallery below contains images from TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) of Alexander Skarsgard who attended for the Melancholia release 9/10/11. Click on READ MORE: Continue reading

TIFF 2011: Melancholia Montreal Gazette Review




Montreal Gazette reiewed the film “Melancholia”. Alexander Skarsgard is slated to attend the film premiere at TIFF. The following is an excerpt of their review:

Unlike most of his previous films, Lars von Trier’s Melancholia isn’t designed to reduce the viewer to a quivering mess, leaking emotions into puddles of tears and spittle.. Instead, Melancholia assumes you’ve already been ruined by Antichrist,Dogville, or Dancer in the Dark, and instead aims to fill the empty emotional void with black ash and insect husks, effectively embalming any remaining happiness with the ruins of dead memories.

Melancholia portrays the end of two worlds: the spiritual realm of the soul, savaged by depression, and then the world that actually exists, which blows up when hit by an enormous metaphor. Like Antichrist, the film begins with a beautiful, tragic montage. Birds fall dead from the sky, horses contort, and bodies float down stream over a despondent soundtrack that evokes a violin whispering suicide to a bass amplifier. The images are so striking that it’s almost a disappointment when the film proper begins. But that disappointment soon fades, though it’s replaced by a particularly sick feeling that nestles in the bowels like a manic-depressive tapeworm

For the full review: .TIFF 2011: Melancholia.

TIFF Melancholia Review Hollywood North


Devon Scoble reviewed Lars von Trier’s film “Melancholia”. An excerpt is found below. Alexander Skarsgard is scheduled to attend the premiere of the film at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival)

Melancholia unfolds like an opulent magazine, but what lies within is much more sinister than the beautiful deceptions of fashion and advertising. Instead of embellished lies we get something more compelling, and more dangerous: embellished truths. The film begins with a series of luscious still shots—an exhausted Kirsten Dunst mired in sinking earth; a mother and child in futile escape; flightless birds falling from the sky, and a dissolving horse, all perishing to the melancholy strains of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

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