I can't go back and label myself as an outcast because I was a pretty well-adjusted kid, but I can certainly relate to the feeling of being an outsider.
I made all their videos, apart from the last two, so if you ever see an Abba video on TV then it's my stuff.
I really want to have actors contribute their own ideas, with phrasings and ideas on all levels.
I got to work with my wife, Lena Olin, for the first time, which was great. I thought it might be difficult in some way to talk to one's wife in a different way but it was so not forced.
I am always more interested in performance and character depiction, and my direction says as much.
I love involving actors at all levels - and they have to know that I want to hear their contributions, with dialogue, with story suggestions, with script changes, whatever.
Cinema has become a global economy, totally international.
I was always attracted by the European way of life, but I am deeply Swedish.
It's just, for me, the natural standard: a woman should be able to decide over her own body.
A film that is bleached tends to have a more realistic quality.
I always try to preserve my cinematographic style, even while I work in the US. I wish to always be European.
I imagined that it might be awkward to talk to your wife about her performance, so going into it I was a little nervous. But doing it was actually a wonderfully inspiring experience.
My father was an amateur filmmaker who shot 8mm color documentaries.
I love improvising.
My key interest in choosing scripts is character-driven stories, because there are so many stories that sacrifice character for plot.
To see my wife getting inspired from my notes and thoughts, going in the direction I wanted, and have her surprise me with wonderful choices was a real treat.
I love mixing amateurs and professionals.
I always need a couple of highlights to really spark the passion for a project.
I think I avoid stepping into sentimentality by trying to be as truthful as possible with performances.
I discovered the 7th art at home when I was kid, through Charlie Chaplin's movies and those of my father who shot documentaries. He was my biggest influence. So I took his camera and started shooting.