August, Rapace tubthump Critics' Week player

Two generations of Swedish female talent swept onto the Lido Sunday when thesp-turned-director Pernilla August and “Millennium” trilogy star Noomi Rapace came to tubthump “Beyond,” which screens in Critics’ Week.

August, who started acting in her teens and got her big break playing Fanny in Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander,” said she has dreamed of making the transition to directing ever since she was 16.

Her chance came after she shot a short titled “Time-Bomb” and producer Ralf Karlsson asked her if she wanted to direct a feature based on Susanna Alakoski’s bestseller “Svinalangorna,” about a young woman coming to terms with a disturbed childhood.

“I have so many influences that come from working with many different directors,” she said. These include her husband, Bille August. “But really, my main thing is that I’m so deeply interested in the human psyche, and the relationships between people.”

That, she says, probably comes from working with Bergman. “He was addicted to the inner workings of human psyche,” she said.

For Rapace, “Beyond” was “perfect after the big ‘Millennium’ circus.

“It was a relief to be able to go into a smaller, more intimate relationship drama,” she said.

“Beyond” also gave Rapace the opportunity to work with her husband, Ola Rapace, who plays her husband in the film.

“I had been longing to be able to work with him, so it was like a gift to me,” she said. “I like acting when it comes as close as possible to reality.”

Media Group Nordisk is eying a late fall release for “Beyond” in Sweden and also handling international sales.

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