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Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender have the look of love as they make rare public appearance in Venice

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All eyes were on Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender on Thursdayas they made a rare public appearance together at the Venice Film Festivalto promote their new movie, The Light Between Oceans.

The notoriously private couple looked blissfully happy asthey stood with their arms wrapped around each other, smiling broadly as theyposed for the cameras.


Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender made a rare public appearance at the Venice Film Festival

The project holds a very special place in both their hearts;it was while filming the romantic period drama that Alicia, 27, and Michael, 39,first met and fell in love. They have been together ever since.

The Light Between Oceans tells the story of a shell-shockedWWI veteran-turned-lighthouse keeper and his young wife, who is desperate to have achild after suffering two miscarriages. Then one day, a rowboat mysteriouslywashes up on the shore, with a two-month-old baby inside. The couple's decision tokeep the child and raise it as their own leads to more heartbreaking drama.

Alicia recently opened up about the process of working with 12Years A Slave actor Michael, and explained how the experience brought themtogether. "He was very sweet at letting me in," the Swedish star told VanityFair. "He was like, 'Can you please give me a note? What do you think I shoulddo?'"

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The couple met and fell in love on the set of The Light Between Oceans

The tension between the pair didn't go unnoticed by directorDerek Cianfrance. "It wasn't hard for me to see that the chemistry could bethere. Just knowing them as individuals," he said.

"What I saw was two great people who were so supportive ofeach other, who were really picking each other up, and pushing each other."

Ever since they started dating, Michael and Alicia have madeevery effort to keep their romance out of the spotlight – and unlike many othercelebrity couples have managed to keep their private lives private. "Each to theirown," Michael told Entertainment Weekly earlier this week. "I'm not going totalk about my private life with a total stranger, unless I feel like I need to.Why would I?! I don't."