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Viggo Mortensen Talks About ‘Jauja’ and ‘Far from Men’

Posted by Staff in Dec 09,2014 with No Comments

Viggo Mortensen rose to international fame as Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He has also garnered major critical acclaim for his multiple and complex roles, including performances in three films by Canadian director David Cronenberg, with whom he admits he has forged a special friendship.

In recent pics he has depicted quiet, retiring characters who try to get “far from men,” i.e., who attempt to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, but through the twists of the plot suddenly see their inner calm shattered, reminiscent of the role he played in Cronenberg’s 2005 film “A History of Violence.”

The 56-year old Mortensen has recently received tribs at the San Sebastian Festival, Mar del Plata and now at the Marrakech film festival,where he was honored with a special career tribute on Sunday.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Mortensen traveled to Marrakech’s World Heritage square, Place Jemaa el Fna, in the company of snake charmers, fortune tellers and jugglers, to present his most recent work, David Oelhoffen’s “Far From Men,” a French-language drama set amid the Algerian war of independence that was shot in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. The pic won the SIGNIS award at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

After the presentation in Place Jemaa el Fna, before 7,000 spectators, he was whisked off to the red carpet of Marrakech’s plush Palais des Congres, where he was honored with a personal tribute. Read the rest of this entry »

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Magnolia to Release The Faces of January on Blu-ray

Posted by Staff in Dec 05,2014 with No Comments

Magnolia Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on Blu-ray Hossein Amini’s directorial debut The Two Faces of January (2014), starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, and Daisy Bevan, and Leigh Janiak’s film Honeymoon (2014), starring Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, and Ben Huber. Both will be available for purchase on January 13, 2015.

The Two Faces of January

Screenwriter Hossein Amini makes a stylish directing debut with this sleek thriller set in Greece and Istanbul, 1962. Intrigue begins at the Parthenon when wealthy American tourists Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his young wife Collete.

(Kirsten Dunst) meet American expat Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the couple’s hotel puts all three on the run together and creates a precarious bond between them as the trio’s allegiance is put to the test.

Special Features:

  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

[Source]

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Viggo Mortensen on ‘Jauja,’ Producing, Protecting Directors’ Visions

Posted by Staff in Nov 25,2014 with No Comments

In “Lord of the Rings,” he protected the Shire and the Fellowship of the Ring. These days, he’s more likely protecting the original visions of some of the world’s most exciting – and challenging – young moviemakers, and bringing them to larger audiences.

Doing so, Viggo Mortensen, U.S. born, Argentina raised, New York-bred, of Danish descent, has leveraged wisely his star status and fanboy suzerainties, dazzled with his dominance of not only English and Spanish, but Danish, Amish and Lakota, and played some not exactly super-hero roles, characters who are ineffectual (Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” a Cannes winner), conflicted (David Oelhoffen’s “Far From Men,“ a Venice prize winner) or plain seedy (“Drive” screenwriter Hossein Amini’s directorial deb, “The Two Faces of January”); to all of whom Mortensen has brought not so much his good looks but a large humanity.

One case in point: Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” which brought Mortensen to the summer resort of Mar del Plata last weekend, where he was its unquestionable star at the opening ceremony of Latin America’s only “A”-grade festival.

For an actor who has been the lead in one of the world’s biggest movie franchises, Mortensen hardly acts off-screen like a Hollywood super-star. He has a problem in Morocco, for instance, he confesses at Mar del Plata. Like Pope Francis, he supports Argentina’s San Lorenzo de Almagro. He’s also a fan of Real Madrid. The two will face off in the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, which takes place in Morocco Dec. 10-20. For the first time, he says in interview, he’s wishing that Real Madrid will lose.

A quick discussion of the improved defensive abilities of Spain’s Isco Alarcon and Colombia’s James Rodriguez, two world-class attacking mid-fielders, follows.

In “Jauja,” which is set in 1882, Mortensen plays Captain Denisen, a Dutch surveyor brought in at the end of the Argentina’s Conquest of the Desert, a euphemism for its army’s wholesale slaughter of its native inhabitants.

On “Jauja,” Mortensen took a production credit – as on “Far From Men,” in a practice begun on Ana Piterberg’s 2012 “Everybody Has a Plan” – and arranged the (spare but important) score. He is also highly articulate – in this case in English – about what he wanted to achieve with both. Read the rest of this entry »

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Viggo Mortensen Talks About Taking Risks in Hollywood Filmmaking

Posted by Staff in Nov 25,2014 with No Comments

“All around the world it’s getting harder to make films,” said the star of ‘Jauja’

One of the most talked-about films in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard this year, Argentinean auteur Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja, had its local premiere Sunday at the 29th Mar del Plata Film Festival, presented by the director alongside star Viggo Mortensen and writer Fabian Casas.

The film, winner of the FIPRESCI award at Cannes, features a Danish-speaking Mortensen as a 19th army captain who sets out on a hypnotic and somewhat magical journey through the Argentine Patagonia to find his kidnapped young daughter.

Mortensen, who grew up in Argentina and speaks perfect Castellano, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about how the film didn’t get support from Denmark, the hardships of making personal films in Hollywood and how Jauja managed to do what Interstellar did — with no money.

The son of a Danish man and an American woman, the actor, who just won the Best Actor category at the Fenix Awards, had been asked to make a film in Danish for a long time. Surprisingly enough, this Denmark-Argentina co-production didn’t get any support from that country, and still hasn’t been picked up for distribution there, unlike in the U.S. and the U.K. where it will be released in the winter.

The star of David Cronenberg’s edgy Eastern Promises, A History of Violence and A Dangerous Method claims the problem with backing and supporting films such as Jauja is simple: “they don’t see a lot of money there,” he says. Read the rest of this entry »

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Viggo Mortensen Will Return From The Woods In New Drama ‘Captain Fantastic’

Posted by Staff in Feb 23,2014 with No Comments

At some point, I’d love to be able to report on a story involving Viggo Mortensen joining a screwball comedy in which he plays the funniest man on Earth, but his career has just featured a string of characters that are either caught up in the aftermath of some devastating event, or they’re actually going through said devastating event. To be expected, the Oscar-nominated actor won’t be changing things up with Captain Fantastic, the Electric City Entertainment drama in which Mortensen is in talks to take the lead. If only this were a superhero film, or a big screen version of the interstitial character from Do Not Adjust Your Set. Oh well.

The film’s description, via Deadline, doesn’t go into much detail, but it paints a somewhat solemn picture of adaptation in the modern world. Mortensen will play a man whose idealism led him to live in complete isolation with his six children in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. After a decade of this amenity-free lifestyle, he and his family have to return to the modern world, which will of course be quite a jarring adjustment. It’s an interesting concept, and one that will no doubt include a scene where someone in the family is blown away by smartphone technology.

This will be the second film from director Matt Ross, who also penned the screenplay, and it’s quite a step away from his first film, the one night stand romantic drama 28 Hotel Room. [Source]

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Line-up For Canadian Screen Awards Is Star-Studded

Posted by Staff in Feb 20,2014 with No Comments

Presenters include Viggo Mortensen, Arisa Cox, Dave Foley, Lauren Holly, and Mia Kirshner.

The line-up of presenters for the Canadian Screen Awards were announced yesterday, and home-grown stars like Arisa Cox (“Big Brother Canada”), Dave Foley (“Spun Out”), Lauren Holly (“Motive”), Amanda Brugel (“Seed”), and Mia Kirshner (“I Think I Do”) are all on the bill.

Director David Cronenberg will be honoured with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala event, which will be presented by his friend and long-time collaborator, actor Viggo Mortensen.

Other star presenters include Adam Korson (“Seed”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black,” “Cas & Dylan”), Shay Mitchell (“Pretty Little Liars”), Jon Montgomery (“The Amazing Race Canada”), Missy Peregrym (“Rookie Blue”), Jason Priestley (“Call Me Fitz”), and Anna Silk (“Lost Girl”).

For a fill list of Canadian Screen Award nominees, click here.

The Awards will be hosted by Martin Short on March 9th at 8pm and will be broadcast live on CBC Television. [Source]

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