Just a little interesting information on a member of the Skarsgard Clan…
Foreign Film Oscar Submissions: Alexander Skarsgård’s Little Brother, Bill Skarsgard…in Simple Simon
The Skarsgårds are totally taking over movies and television! Father Stellan has been in everything for decades now from blockbusters (Pirates of the Caribbean, Mamma Mia) to arthouse favorites and beyond. Alexander Skarsgård, his son bouyed by the media’s ravenous appetite for True Blood has become a hot commodity in the past couple of years. Gustaf Skarsgård also has his share of popular movie roles and theatrical performances. And now little brother Bill Skarsgård (20) has the lead role in Sweden’s Oscar entry Simple Simon.
By Scott Roxborough
Sept 8, 2010, 10:06 AM ET
COLOGNE, Germany — Two debut features from Europe have entered the race for the 2011 Foreign Language Oscar: Florin Serban’s juvenile delinquent drama “If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle,” which will contend for Romania and “Simple Simon” from director Andreas Ohman, a tale of a boy dealing with Asperger’s syndrome, which will represent Sweden.
“If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle” won the Silver Bear Jury Award as well as the Alfred Bauer Prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. “Simple Simon” has been critically lauded in Sweden, where it bowed last week.
In the overall Oscar standings, Sweden has been nominated 15 times for the Foreign Language prize and won four — three going to legendary auteur Ingmar Bergmann. Romania has yet to receive an Academy Award nomination in the Foreign Language Film category.
An obsessive interest in a single subject is a major symptom of AS. Some children with AS have become experts on dinosaurs, makes and models of cars, even objects as seemingly odd as vacuum cleaners. Their expertise, high level of vocabulary and formal speech patterns make them seem like little professors.
Children with AS have trouble reading social cues and recognizing other people’s feelings. They may have strange movements or mannerisms. All of these make it difficult for them to make friends. Problems with motor skills are also common in children with AS. They may be late learning to ride a bike or catch a ball, for example. Treatment focuses on the three main symptoms: poor communication skills, obsessive or repetitive routines, and physical clumsiness.
NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (Medline Plus)
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