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Alicia Vikander: ‘In Hollywood there’s not a single woman to work with’

Swedish film star Alicia Vikander set up her own Swedish film production company out of frustration at the lack of female directors in Hollywood, she has told Swedish Television.

Alicia Vikander: 'In Hollywood there's not a single woman to work with'
Alicia Vikander at the premier of Euphoria on Monday. Photo: Micke Bayart/Azul
Vikander, who takes over this March as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider franchise, said she had tired of the lip-service paid to gender equality in the US film industry. 
 
“Everyone kept on talking about how great it was that I got to play 'strong, complex female roles',” she said in an interview with Swedish Television. “I'm so tired of hearing those words! At the same time, there's not a single woman to work with.” 
 
Vikander was said on a visit to her hometown of Gothenburg to visit the city's film festival, where Euphoria, the first film produced by her company, Vikarious Productions, was screened as part of its Nordic Competition.
 
The film, which follows two sisters travelling by train towards a Swiss euthanasia clinic, was directed by Lisa Langseth, who also directed Vikander's 2009 feature film debut Pure. 
 
Vikander pointed out that when she had started out in film, all of the screen-writers and directors she had worked with had been women. 
 
“I started working in Sweden and only worked with female directors and screenwriters, and then when I went abroad I never got to do that ever again, right up until now, when I got to work with Lisa again,” she said.  
 
She said that she had never herself been sexually propositioned or mistreated by shamed US producer Harvey Weinstein, despite starring in Tulip Fever, which was produced by The Weinstein Company. Although the film was only released last year, it was shot in 2014. 
 
“I myself have been lucky and not involved in such a tough situation myself,” she said. “But I was extremely shocked, upset and angry. I have tried to be there with other women I worked with and supported those who dared to talk.” 
 
Vikander in 2015 won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the painter Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl,  and was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Bafta for her role as a humanoid robot in Ex Machina in 2015. 
 
Tomb Raider will be released in the US on March 18th.

ESKIL ERLANDSSON

Swedish MP resigns over groping allegations

Eskil Erlandsson, an MP for the Centre Party and a former minister for rural affairs, resigned from parliament on Thursday after being accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Swedish MP resigns over groping allegations
Four female MPs have accused Erlandsson of unwelcome physical advances, saying he touched them without their consent.
 
Upon the revelations, the Centre Party immediately asked Erlandsson to resign. 
 
“There has been very inappropriate behaviour toward a number of women that is completely unacceptable,” Centre Party spokesman Anders Jonsson told TT. 
 
Four women told Jonsson that Erlandsson touched them inappropriately during lunch and dinner meetings. All four of the women are MPs for the Moderate party, including Cecilie Tenfjord-Toftby, who spoke publicly about her encounter with Erlandsson. 
 
She told P4 Sjuhärad that Erlandsson put a hand on her thigh during a lunch at the parliament building. She said the other women’s stories are nearly identical. 
 
“This is not okay. You can’t behave in this way,” Tenfjord-Toftby told P4 Sjuhärad. “I was mostly pissed off, but also offended and disappointed that a colleague would do that.”
 
Tenfjord-Toftby said she told her party leadership about the incident, which sparked others to say they had been exposed to something similar from Erlandsson. 
 
Jonsson said that after he heard the women’s story, he asked Erlandsson to step down. 
 
“No one should be subjected to this. This was something that crossed the line, so there was no doubt that I should urge him to resign,” he said. 
 
Erlandsson has declined to comment. 
 
Jonsson said that the Centre Party would not report the matter to the police and that any additional steps should be the decision of the women affected. 
 
Erlandsson has been a Member of Parliament since 1994 and was appointed Minister of Agriculture after the 2006 election. In January 2011, the new Rural Ministry was established and he was instead named the minister of rural affairs. 
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