Culture scholarships Year: 2021
“I love making movies, but rarely watch them when they are finished. The best part is sitting in the editing room and seeing how small, tiny shifts can change the reading of an entire scene.”
This year’s honorary scholar, the actress and producer Alicia Vikander, grew up in Gothenburg and now has the whole world as her workplace. Since her breakthrough in 2010, with the Guldbagge award-winning lead role in Lisa Langseth’s film, Pure, her international career has continued to expand.
Among the approximately 25 films in which Alicia Vikander has featured, you will find: A Royal Affair (2011), Anna Karenina (2012), Testament of Youth (2014), Ex Machina (2015) and The Danish Girl (2015), for which she won an Oscar for best supporting actress. Alicia started her own production company in 2016, Vikarious Productions, and has since started to collaborate with directors and producers at an early stage in the creative process. Alicia Vikander has chosen to donate the honorary scholarship grant to form the basis for a project in Gothenburg. This project will be announced during the jubilee evening on December 3.
Alicia Vikander’s unique ability to form and give depth to the characters she portrays has led to her meteoric rise from her formative years in Gothenburg to the absolute top tier of the international film world.
With her direct and disarming appeal, she has portrayed a wide variety of characters, including royal yearning, tortured artistry, action heroines and freedom-seeking humanoid robots.
With award-winning roles in films such as Pure, A Royal Affair and The Danish Girl, she has reached a broad audience and established herself on the global film scene, where she is now firmly established as one of film history’s great Swedish actors.
For her artistic presence and brilliance, her intense and nuanced role interpretations, Alicia Vikander is awarded the 2021 honorary scholarship from the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture.