You have to shake off and do the things you need to do to be true to the novel - mainly depart from it, and re-invent, and compress.
My key interest in choosing scripts is character-driven stories, because there are so many stories that sacrifice character for plot.
Many of the comedies I had made in Sweden were slightly based on semi-autobiographical experiences, so adapting novels was a very different experience.
It's getting more and more difficult to define the nationality of a film because the financing and participants come from all over the world.
I'm on this diet where you're supposed to eat only fish and meat.
I was always attracted by the European way of life, but I am deeply Swedish.
I think I avoid stepping into sentimentality by trying to be as truthful as possible with performances.
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 love mixing amateurs and professionals.
I love improvising.
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 am always more interested in performance and character depiction, and my direction says as much.
I always try to preserve my cinematographic style, even while I work in the US. I wish to always be European.
Cinema has become a global economy, totally international.
But now I wish I could back to Stockholm to make international films there.
ABBA The Movie I got a lot of grief for working on that.
A film that is bleached tends to have a more realistic quality.
Biologically, I'm lucky - an angular face and dark colouring which shows up well on camera.
There are things that Scotsmen get and other people don't get in the dialogue. Scottish characters can be pinpointed by a phrase, targeted very quickly.
My two elder sisters married Englishmen and went abroad.
When I read Housekeeping, it wasn't from the point of filming. It was months and months later that the idea of making it into a movie caught.
I don't really enjoy filming.
The studio system reminds me of the stock market.
I was quite surprised how easily people wanted to pigeonhole things I've done.
The darker the character, the more interesting.