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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 »