Alicia Vikander, Sydney Kowalske and Justin Chon on the set of BLUE BAYOU, a Focus Features release. | Credit : Focus Features
An official selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival from award-winning writer/director Justin Chon, Blue Bayou is the moving and timely story of a uniquely American family fighting for their future. Antonio LeBlanc (Chon, “Twilight” films), a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, is married to the love of his life Kathy (Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”) and step-dad to their beloved daughter Jessie. Struggling to make a better life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past when he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.
After several short films, Alicia Vikander made her debut in a feature film in 2009 in Pure. The Swedish actress gained international recognition in the film The Danish Girl and won an academy award for Best Supporting Actress. She has been seen in other films like Treatment at Youth, Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and played Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot. Vikander was last seen in The Glorias and The Green Knight.
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I had a lovely conversation with Alicia Vikander via Zoom to talk about Blue Bayou. Vikander discussed the work she put into playing Kathy’s character and not being aware of this type of deportation. In addition to speaking about one of her favorite scenes and why.
Blue Bayou will be in theaters September 17, 2021