Alicia Vikander is a talent to watch in world cinema. She was named one of the Shooting Stars, representing her native Sweden, for the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival; and was named the Rising Star at the 2010 Stockholm Film Festival.
These honors followed her breakthrough performance in Lisa Langseth’s Pure, which brought her a Guldbagge Award (Sweden’s official film award, given annually since 1964 by the Swedish Film Institute), also known as the Golden Bug Award, for Best Actress. Ms. Vikander’s earlier acting credits include short films, miniseries, and television series.
Following Pure, she has starred in several features. These include Ella Lemhagen’s The Crown Jewels, opposite another Shooting Star honoree (and Anna Karenina player), Bill Skarsgård; Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair, which was honored at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival with awards for Best Screenplay (Mr. Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg) and Best Actor (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard), and which also starred Mads Mikkelsen; and, for release in the fall of 2013, Sergei Bodrov’s The Seventh Son, with Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, and Olivia Williams of Anna Karenina.
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