SOURCE: Consulate General of Sweden

April 11, 2007 20:26 ET

Swedish Director Lasse Hallström Honors Master of Light, Cinematographer Sven Nykvist

The Event Marks the Opening of Swedish Lifestyle Month Beyond Blond 2007

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 11, 2007 --Variety played co-host with the Consulate General of Sweden to last night's tribute to one of the world's foremost Academy award-winning cinematographers, Sven Nykvist at the Hammer Museum. The tribute event marked the opening of Beyond Blond 2007, an annual month-long Swedish lifestyle program organized by the Consulate General of Sweden in Los Angeles.

Academy Award-nominated director Lasse Hallström gave a personal and emotional speech to his long-time collaborator, while some of the actors that Nykvist shone his famous light on contributed with personal remarks about their experiences working with Sven Nykvist:

"One of the great pleasures of my artistic life was having been able to work with Sven. I had long before been an admirer of his huge talent and what a beautiful experience it was." - Gena Rowlands

"To have worked with Sven is to have worked with one of the true visionaries of our time -- quite an honor." - Charlize Theron

"It was a privilege to work with Sven Nykvist. He was an artist of the first rank and was a gentleman of the sweetest kind." - Kenneth Branagh

"I was moved by Sven Nykvist, long before I worked with him in a Woody Allen film, but I found that his presence on the set was as powerful as his work on the screen had been; in more ways than one, he brought light to dark places." - Alan Alda

"You gave me the friendship and you gave knowledge... thank you Sven, because you gave us the light -- the one which is still shimmering in our memories of your films..." - Liv Ullman

The tribute event featured a special screening of "Light Keeps Me Company," Sven Nykvist's son Carl Gustaf Nykvist's moving documentary film about his father's work, fascinating private life and his celebrated collaboration with Ingmar Bergman with whom he made some of his most enduring work, including "Winter Light" (1962) and "Scenes from a Marriage" (1973).

"Sven Nykvist was the Michaelangelo of cinematography," comments Steven Gaydos, Executive Editor and International Managing Director, Variety.

"It is both an honor and a duty of Variety to host a tribute to his remarkable contribution to the history of filmmaking." Says Tomas Rosander, Consul General of Sweden, "We are proud to have this opportunity marking the official opening of Beyond Blond 2007 to showcase the life and work of one of Sweden's legendary filmmakers."

Beyond Blond 2007 features the theme: Creativity With A Purpose, a special events series, "ResponsAbility Today for Tomorrow." The program is organized to promote business opportunities for Swedish and American companies, as well as knowledge and interest about Sweden in the U.S. Swedish culture, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, design, art, architecture, music, literature, life sciences and film will be showcased at various Southern California venues during the four-week period, as well as in San Francisco and Seattle.

Beyond Blond 2007's institutional partners are the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA.

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