25th Toronto International
Film Festival - September 2000
With co-star Charlotte Rampling on
September 10, 2000
Newsday article - September 13, 2000
Just to accentuate the fact that the ongoing
Toronto International Film Festival is an International film festival: Hollywood's
favorite Swede, Stellan Skarsgård, was sitting on the veranda of a foreign-owned hotel
opposite English actress Charlotte Rampling and a U.S. journalist, being served French
wine by an Italian waitress and trying to bridge the vernacular gap wherein dangled the
"Your name, sir?"
"Very good, sir."
"But not in this hotel," the actor said under his breath, as the waitress
exited, stage right.
Skarsgård of Insomnia, Ronin and, most famously, Breaking the Waves,
and Rampling, whose filmography ranges from The Night Porter to The Verdict,
are among many actors here who appear in multiple festival films. Skarsgård and Rampling,
however, are likely the only two playing dysfunctional couples in two separate movies (and
two of the better-regarded entries in this 25th anniversary festival): Jonathan Nossiter's Signs and Wonders and Hans Petter
Moland's Aberdeen. Nossiter's film came first, and depending on whom you believe,
between two actors who sound like an old married couple ("two old married
couples," Skarsgård corrected), Moland wanted them together again.
"He wanted you before he wanted me, actually," Skarsgård said to Rampling.
"I said, 'That's ridiculous. We can't play man and wife in two films in a row.'"
"That's right," she said, "but he never let up, Hans Peter."
"By then, I was used to you," Skarsgård said. "It probably helped
Said Rampling: "It probably did."
In a way, Skarsgård and Rampling (who's actually in three films, counting Francois Ozon's
Sous le Sable) represent a lot of what's exciting about film festivals in
general, Toronto in particular: He's a rising star of international cinema, working
constantly all around the world; she is an actress who, while more than a bit reticent
about why her once-prominent career has lay dormant so long is coming back with a
September 11, 2000
With Zap2it's Mike Szymanski