SEPTEMBER 2018 UPDATES
September 26, 2018
Michael was interviewed in the October 2016 issue of
Goda Vänner in which he spoke about the
launch of his own wines and the roots of his Italian
family. He confessed that his love of
wine was rooted in his interest in food. When away from
home shooting a film at various locations, he preferred
renting an apartment rather than staying at a hotel so
that he could cook. He said, "It's like meditation for
me to cook." You can read the interview
at this link.
eight months later on June 28, 2017, the magazine
featured this editorial at the time of Michael's death:
I wanted to interview Stellan
Skarsgård but his agent informed me that he was too
busy. But there was an alternative: I could talk to
Michael Nyqvist instead, if I wanted to. Today, this
meeting that led me to meet Micke is something I'm hugely
Said and done, I traveled to
Stockholm, stepped into an unfamiliar location
without having much hope. Two hours later, I was
totally overwhelmed with warmth, humor and had
experienced a contact that's so hard to get with
anybody. But that's the way he was. I
do not think my meeting with him was unique. He could
have charmed any of the chairs.
And now he is no longer and it is so sadly sad. I look
back at pictures from the day that remind me again that this is a sorrow that affects
everyone. The chronicles and words of
praise I have read speak about his character and his acting and I cannot help but agree.
When we met, I did not know he was sick. When I
found out that he had died, the shock came, as it
usually does, along with the difficulty of understanding that a
person who was obviously present in the same world as
yourself is no longer alive. But how do you
deal with the grief for a person you really did not know,
a person you shared a few hours with? I liked Michael Nyqvist but I did not know him.
My reaction was right, I quickly surfed Systembolaget
and bought 11 bottles of Michael Nyqvist's two wines (Cin
Cin Chianti and Cin Cin Brachetto d'Acqui) in the
virtual shopping cart. It was the wine we drank
together as we talked, and that was my way of
commemorating the memory of someone who made an
Rest in peace Micke.
In a 2015 article in Varldens
Viner, Michael shared:
"I come from the family Lo
Cicero, an old wine family in Palermo, Sicily. Here
the grapes grew on the sun-drenched hills and then
bottled under our family name. Grandfather Cesari
trampled his wine, tasted his aperitif and fell in
love with Francesca, my grandmother. Over time,
grandmother became a well-liked sommelier and she
had a well-traveled cantina for many years.
Everything was peaceful and happy until grandfather
was forced to settle in Casablanca because of the
But eventually, the family
returned to Italy, then to Tuscany when Michael
Nyqvist's own father Marcello studied to become a
pharmacist and chased good wines.
"I have walked in his footsteps
and finally found him when I found the vineyard with
the very best Chiantin. A wine, already at the cork
opening, provides scented associations to La Cucina
Rustica, the Tuscan cuisine which, with its musty,
sunbreaked flavors, requires its Chianti. The
family's traditions live on."
September 22, 2018
I've added an article to the press
section from UK's The
Times regarding Michael's career and his death.
Adoption doesn't have to be a traumatic experience but
for Michael, his parents certainly did not handle the
situation well. It's always heartbreaking to read how
Michael's childhood was so affected when he was told to
keep his adoption a secret. He says, "Bearing that
secret made me mentally isolated. All the time I was
afraid to say something wrong. It felt like I was walking around with a bomb belt that
could explode at any time. In addition I thought that
child welfare could come and pick me up if I did not
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Another of Michael's theatre
productions has been checked off. In February 2004, he
appeared in the play "Terrorism"
at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. Directed by Stefan
Larsson, the play has been described as "a black, black
comedy looking at terrorism in the micro-perspective."
Written by Russian brothers, Oleg and Vladimir
Presnyakov, it is the duo's best known and most widely
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around for the camera in May 2016, Michael looks happy
and healthy just a year before he died.
September 18, 2018
January 28, 2005 a short film called "Skuggvärld"
premiered. At only 5 minutes, it was indeed short.
Filmed in Stockholm in black and white, it was written
and directed by Niklas Olsson and starred Michael,
Jessica Forsberg and Cilla Thorell. It can be viewed in
full at this
youtube link. I thought it was interesting that
the assistant production manager turned out to be Sam
Skarsgård, the only
one of the five oldest Skarsgård
boys who didn't become an actor, but rather a doctor
like his mother.
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Nordstjernan, September 18,
Michael Nyqvist has turned author. His first book, "När
barnet lagt sig" deals with adoption and Nyqvist’s
personal search for his biological parents. In his new
novel "Dansa för oss", he digs into questions regarding
the choices he’s made in life, which has led him to
where he is today. "The book has been in my head for
three, four years and was written while I was traveling:
in airplanes, during film shoots and in my loneliness in
New York," Nyqvist says. Writing, he states, is
very different from acting. "In my writing I am
responsible for everything that’s put on the paper. I
can’t blame anyone for a particular cut or bad lines."
He also says he’s been too shy to talk about his writing
with other actors, but that by writing he wants to
"change the world from the inside out." "I want to show
what’s human in the hopes that it will help others to
see themselves and to be angry at the same things I am
angry at." Nyqvist’s books have whet his appetite and
now he’s looking forward to a new project: "I am curious
about lies; how they are used as power tools and as a
phenomenon in general," he says.
September 15, 2018
2003 a book was published called "Krigsbarns erinran"
(War Children Recalling Memories), which was a
collection of war stories put together by Sinikka
Almgren. Two years later Michael played the role of a
foster father to a Finnish boy seeking asylum in Sweden
in the heartbreaking film "Mother
of Mine". The photo above was taken in 2007 with
Michael endorsing the book. His personal interest comes
from the fact that his mother received Finnish children
at Skeppsbron and his own history of being adopted also
heightens his interest in these children who were
separated from their parents.
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When the publicity begins for a film to
premiere and too many posters are flooding the market, I
start to get a bad feeling.
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I finally received confirmation from
a Swedish fan that these photos are indeed Michael's
final resting place in the Katarina Church Cemetery in
Stockholm. It's quite a beautiful park-like cemetery.
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Mon Capitaine! (2012)
September 11, 2018
A 2010 copy of Norwegian magazine,
NORDEN, featured these photos.
In the article, Michael discusses his book and the
enjoyment of writing. He says, "It's so comfortable to
write and I like the discipline you develop as an
author. I love going to Paris to write. I love to do
such things. And then spend a whole week at the Louvre
and look at art." He says all this with a childish
glimmer in his voice.
Then he points out some of his favorite Norwegian
authors, such as Aksel Sandemose, Matias Faldbakken, and
he admits to reading Knut Hamsun's book Sult (Hunger).
Then he's on to music with a wide range naming both
romantic composer Edvard Grieg and the "deathpunk" band
He also confesses to having some kind of religious
awakening in being very present in the moment. He admits
that he would often show off a "clothesline" of
accomplishments to define himself but he says, "Now that
I'm turning fifty, I no longer feel that I need to show
it." He emphasizes that it's a huge freedom. He
continues, "I do not need to impress people. I do not
need to be a movie star if I do not want to. I want to
be here and there and feel humble about it."
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More photos have been added to the
gallery for the "Abduction"
premiere, which took place in Los Angeles on
September 15, 2011.
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It's all in the genes! After finding Marcello, his
Italian biological father, Michael wrote in his book
that when he looked in the mirror, he could see the face
of his father without the beard. It's a shame there are
no photos of the two of them that have been publicized.
Michael further claims that his charm is also a legacy
from his dad.
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It appears that Michael missed being a grandfather by
just one year. His 28-year-old daughter Ellen posted
photos holding an infant she referred to as "my baby"
along with congratulations from friends. In the photo
you can tell from her stomach that she had recently
given birth. Her boyfriend of three years, Mikael
Blomgren, (Can you believe the coincidence in the name?)
could be the daddy. No wedding news yet.
September 7, 2018
The submarine disaster drama
KURSK will have its
European premiere at the Zurich Film Festival,
which runs from September 27 to October 7. The film had
its North American premiere at the Toronto International
Film Festival last night. Benjamin Lee of The
Guardian writes, "Thomas Vinterberg’s skillful
recreation of the 2000 disaster that saw 118 men die is
a film that bristles with rage and sadness." Screen
Daily's Stephen Whitty writes, "Schoenaerts and the rest
of the actors – including the late Michael Nyqvist, in
one of his last roles – give quietly understated
performances. And Seydoux’s full-throated, teary-eyed
denunciations of duplicitous authority figures are
Attending the Toronto premiere was
director Thomas Vinterberg with his stars Matthias
Schoenaerts and Lea Seydoux. You have to wonder whether
Michael would have joined them.
Belgium actor Matthias Schoenaerts
has become one of my favorite international stars. Such
powerful performances! I highly recommend Bullhead,
Rust and Bone, Disorder and A Bigger
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Some of Michael's screen time in his
early films amounted to cameo appearances, such as in
the 2001 short film ANXIETY
(aka Hr. Boe & Co's Anxiety), directed by Christoffer
Boe. It was actually a graduate film by Boe made
while attending the National Film School of Denmark.
During that time he directed a trilogy of short films 20
to 30 minutes long with the same storyline - a young
male is obsessed by a beautiful woman and then trapped
in his own logic of what love is. "Anxiety" received the
Prix Decouverte de la Critique Francais and was screened
in Critic’s Week in 2002.
I viewed the film online, and though
it had English subtitles, it wasn't very watchable.
Besides having to endure a shaky camera, the photography
was very dark and grainy. I assume the original would
have better quality. Michael plays a hotel clerk and his whole
screen time is probably less than a minute with a few
lines of dialogue. His co-stars are all familiar names,
people he has worked with before. In fact, when it was
screened at the Stockholm Film Festival, it was
described as - "The dream team of Nordic cinema are
gathered in Anxiety - Erland Josephson, Pernilla
August, Michael Nyqvist, Maria Bonnevie and Nikolaj Lie
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September 5, 2018
interview from 2007 with Michael has been posted
in the press section. The subject matter was his role as Harald Edelstam,
Sweden's ambassador to Chile during the 1970s. The film
was called "The Black Pimpernel".
Michael told the press that he was fascinated by
Edelstam's unscrupulous virtue and morality. He wondered
how he would have acted adding, "I would have been
afraid to die."
Directors Ulf Hultberg and Åsa Faringer felt that it was
important for them that the film was recorded in Chile,
partly out of respect for the victims, but also as a
reminder for those who still deny what happened during
the Pinochet regime in 1973-1990. Filming took place
outside the presidential palace La Moneda and at the
infamous National Stadium. "It was incredibly brave to
film there," says Michael. "You were in a place of
execution. Many of the Chileans on the team had
relatives who had died there. You heard them say,
'Inside the seven, my dad was sitting' ...then I felt
stupid. But then I felt I had to do this; otherwise, it
would not be right for all those who died."
In playing the heroic ambassador, Michael said, "What
I've mostly learned about Edelstam is you need to ignore
your own comfort, dare to stand up for an opinion fully,
but at the same time, keep a cool head. A hero can
accomplish so incredibly much from the small things in
everyday life to changing an unfair law."
After doing this film, Michael joined Lottie Knutson and
others as jury members for Svenska Hjältar (Swedish
Heroes) in 2007. The pair indicated, "For us, it is a
honorary mission to join!" It was a campaign where
heroes are nominated by the Swedish people and then a
jury is chosen to appoint the winners. Before the gala
event in December when the winners are awarded a
star-packed night on television, four programs are
broadcast telling about the winners and their heroics.
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Last November a magnolia tree was planted in Michael's
memory in Vitabergsparken, one of the nicest parks in
Stockholm. I don't believe it was at the family's
request but was perhaps a friend's gift. It sounds like
a lovely place to be remembered - it's green, lush,
clean and quiet. The winding, meandering paths zigzag
across the hill. A dozen hidden staircases take you down
from the hills onto the street, and quaint red-painted
cottages dot the edges. It's a perfect place for
sunrises and unbeatable for sunsets.
September 4, 2018
I can finally see the end in sight as
far as completing the Michael Nyqvist Archives. I
suspect it will be finished by year's end. If and
when "Radegund" is ever released, I will post whatever
updates are needed to complete his film work. The MNA will remain
online for years to come and it will forever honor
Michael's accomplishments and keep his spirit alive.
September 3, 2018
Greek-Swedish television hostess
good friend) Alexandra Pascalidou interviewed
Michael shortly after his first book "När barnet lagt sig"
was published. The first photo is a newspaper
clipping from that event and the rest of the photos were
taken at the same time on September 15, 2009. I wonder
what the "A" stands for.
These two photos show Alexandra
with Michael's wife Catharina at the premiere of "Jägarna
2" on September 5, 2011.
Finnish journalist Annika
Hällsten remembers Michael:
was a star without airs and graces. As an
actor, he managed to shine in any role. I
saw him for the first time in a guest show
at Esbo Stadsteater (the International
Theatre of Finland) in the early 1990s.
There he played in a Jean Genet production
with the same frenzy and seriousness he
brought to all his roles. I had the
privilege of interviewing Michael Nyqvist
several times and met a superstar - free and
"Thanks to the marriage
of a Finnish-born Catharina Ehrnrooth,
raised in Sjundeå, Nyqvist had a good eye
for Finland. Here he was happy and here he
willingly cultivated Finnish-speaking
expressions. 'I do not know' was a
"As an actor, Michael
Nyqvist was one of Sweden's foremost.
Director Klaus Härö had the privilege of
working with Nyqvist during the recording of "Äideistä parhain".
Like many of his Swedish colleagues Michael
Nyqvist had worked with, Härö was shocked by
his death. 'I'm dumbfounded and sad and find
no words,' said Härö."
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Can anyone tell me the story
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