Swedish writer-director Lukas Moodysson is far beloved internationally for movies akin to “Present Me Love” (1998), “Collectively” (2000) and “Lilya 4-Ever” (2002). His filmography additionally consists of the principally English-language drama “Mammoth” (2009) with Michelle Williams and Gael Garcia Bernal, and “We Are the Finest!,” (2013), a pleasant adaptation of his spouse’s graphic novel. His new movie, “Collectively 99,” marks a sequel to his second function.
Why did you wish to revisit the characters of “Collectively” 24 years on from the unique movie?
I needed to make a film in regards to the passage of time, but additionally in regards to the feeling of time standing nonetheless. A film about folks’s desires that die whereas in addition they proceed to stay on.
I don’t know, in all probability a silly concept but it surely was a beautiful movie. I find it irresistible. Many nice issues begin with silly concepts. Within the movie they’ve the silly concept to have a reunion. It’s a catastrophe however a superb catastrophe. Some good issues come out of it.
Would you ever wish to revisit characters from a few of your different titles akin to “Present Me Love” or “We Are the Finest!”?
Possibly “A Gap in My Coronary heart.” Or possibly “We Are the Finest!” when they’re 60-70-80 years outdated.
Talking of revisiting the previous, would you ever wish to direct one other English-language movie?
In all probability not. Doesn’t actually curiosity me. However possibly in Danish or Norwegian.
Writers and philosophers have famous the difficulties of revisiting the previous. What sort of issues, if any, did you encounter in returning to your previous characters?
It was enjoyable and chaotic to return. I by no means knew the place my footwear had been. I couldn’t sleep. I listened to plenty of black metallic. Drank plenty of Coke Zero, forgot the place I put the can, needed to get a brand new one. We [Moodysson and cinematographer Ellinor Hallin] revived the previous by utilizing classic nonetheless pictures lenses. Fashionable lenses are garbage, they’re clear and sharp and violent. I needed the film to be comfortable and I needed it to skip and bounce in numerous instructions. Completely polished films are boring; they want some flaws and imperfections.
How did you persuade the assorted actors to get again in character?
No persuasion wanted.
You introduce some new characters, too. I notably like David Dencik as the person nobody remembers. What’s the operate of his character? He’s oblivion possibly?
The person who reminds us that in the future we are going to neglect all the pieces and we too shall be forgotten. However he’s additionally one of many funniest characters.
Did reminiscences of the late Michael Nyqvist hover over the manufacturing?
It was actually unhappy that Michael handed and it felt a bit unusual to make the brand new movie with out him however I feel he would have preferred or truly I feel he does prefer it as a result of he’s someplace round.
In your followers, it looks as if a very long time between movies, however you’ve been at work in plenty of different mediums.
Sure, too very long time between them. I wish to be quicker sooner or later. Nevertheless it feels prefer it’s getting an increasing number of troublesome to finance movies. So possibly a e book or some theater earlier than the subsequent movie. I needed to show, however the Swedish movie faculties had been by no means actually so I gave up. If I don’t do that, I’ll try this. I’m each a wolf and a foal.
How did the expertise of making your long-form HBO TV sequence “Gösta” (2019) examine with directing a movie?
I can think about doing each. However what feels troublesome a few sequence is that since I write all the pieces myself, it’s exhausting and tiring work as a result of it needs to be so lengthy. Once I write movies, I comply with David Lynch’s recipe: write 70 good scenes and the script is prepared.