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UPI inks Cronenberg deal

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

To roll out 'Method' in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, S. Africa

By Stuart Kemp

LONDON -- Universal Pictures International (UPI) has signed up for David Cronenberg's Keira Knightley starrer "A Dangerous Method" across a slew of territories in a deal with the project's producer Jeremy Thomas.

UPI president of international production and acquisitions Christian Grass sealed a deal with Thomas for the title to roll it out in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and South Africa.

Starring Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel, the movie takes place on the eve of World War I and is set to go before the cameras in Germany, Switzerland and then Austria beginning in May.

Thomas' Hanway Films sales label also struck a deal with a slew of independent distributors for the title, including MARS for French rights, E1 for the title in Canada, Transmission in Australia and Cineart in Benelux.

"A Dangerous Method" is produced by Thomas' Recorded PC with co-producers Marco Mehlitz of Lago Film in Germany and Marty Katz of ProsperoFilm in Canada.

It is billed as a dark tale of sexual and intellectual discovery drawn from true-life events based on the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung (Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Mortensen) and Sabina Spielrein (Knightley).

Screenwriter Christopher Hampton has adapted his play "The Talking Cure" for the big screen.

Cronenberg said: "I have long been drawn to the story of erotic daring between these two good doctors and the woman who both divided and defined them. History can only hint at the psychological and physical terrain they opened up, but a film can explore it."

Said Thomas: "Bringing the ideas of Jung and Freud together through their relationship with Sabina Spielrein, as seen by David Cronenberg, will make for an unusual and alluring film for anyone interested in modern thought. I can't wait to see that movie, and I couldn't ask for a better partner than Focus."

Dylan Wilcox and Negeen Yazdi oversaw the deal on behalf of UPI, with Tim Haslam representing HanWay.

The multi-territory pact marks one of the first headline deals for Grass since taking up the reins to oversee Universal Pictures' reorganized international production efforts announced earlier this year.

Backers remained tight-lipped about which distributor is going to emerge victorious in the battle for U.K. rights.

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Viggo to Film in Argentina in 2011?

Source: Gente.
Found By: Farol
Categories: Media
Our thanks to Farol at Viggo y Alrededores for the heads-up!

Todos Tenemos un Plan

Image Gente.
© atlantida.
According to a new interview in Gente, this is the name of the movie that Viggo will make in 2011 in Argentina for Director Ana Piterbarg, working from an award-winning script.

Viggo talked about this movie some time back (details - such as they were - here) and thought it may shoot in 2010. The added detail suggests this may well be moving forward.

© Gente. Images © atlantida.

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LOTR Filming Memories

We have a special treat from the week of April 11, 2000 - April 17, 2000: an "utterly cool piece of audio" of Tolkein reading an excerpt from The Lord of the Rings, probably from his original manuscript and notes. Other items of interest include an interview with Barry Osborne, updates to the Green Books, a new "live on-set" feature, a satirical LOTR musical and more!

Take a stroll down memory lane and review wonderful clips, articles, and other features from that week in the
Celebrating the Filming of the LOTR Trilogy: It was 10 Years Ago Today... thread.

© Images © New Line Productions Inc..

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Gente Translation

Translation by Ollie, Rio, and Zooey
Source: Gente
Many thanks to Ollie, Rio, and Zooey for translating the Gente article that was previously posted as scans here.

Viggo Mortensen: "Above all, I'm a Cuervo... And a greater pride does not exist"

Image Matias Campaya.
© Gente.
by Eduardo Bejuk

He speaks porteño. And his neutral accent, New Yorker-Danish-Spanish, magically vanishes. He likes to sit in bars to listen, and he would love to go unnoticed as the least known of the regulars. But he almost never does. He seeks images, constantly, or images find him. And then, Viggo Mortensen (51) takes out his professional camera and photographs at ease. He always has it ready, just in case. It could be a landscape, like when he went about the north of Argentina; it could be someone who catches his attention...

Viggo is a seeker, a lover of poetry (he edited a national anthology last year), good food, talking and Argentinean writers. And nostalgic for that past that drags him back to his childhood, where he wasn´t a celebrity or a movie star. He simply was a pibe born in New York who through one of those quirks of fate had ended up in Argentina. And one afternoon, he would go away, further than he could have imagined, but then always return.

Viggo in Buenos Aires. Always ready to walk through the streets that left their imprint on him, and to promote his new film. And, of course, with the irresistible urge to mix with the tribe, in the congregation, in the collective feeling that erases every trace of his celebrity: his Cuervo status. For those who aren't familiar with soccer lingo, the Cuervos are the fans of San Lorenzo de Almagro, the team that captivated Mortensen in his porteño childhood and that he has turned into his indelible DNI. [translator's note: national ID]

No matter how much you try, no matter how versatile Viggo may be (actor, writer, painter, book publisher, photographer), it seems impossible to describe a visit of his without mentioning San Lorenzo. Even more so when his reappearance in the country includes the inauguration of a chapel, located in the very same Ciudad Deportiva as the club, a building donated by the actor himself, who took care of the smallest details of the undertaking. Most of the time Viggo lives in Spain. And in airplanes. When he is not filming, he is busy with his publishing house (Perceval Press, a quixotic undertaking that permits him to publish books few would publish). And when he can really do what he likes, he simply talks, thinks, dreams and reflects on San Lorenzo. Inevitable.

He arrived in time for the 102nd birthday of the club, on Holy Thursday, fulfilling one of his dreams: to inaugurate a chapel a few meters from the field. It was his gift (one of many), out of his own pocket, one more irrefutable proof of his love/madness/fanaticism for the colors blue and red. For many, an exaggeration, a mystery, a disproportionate devotion. For others, a distinctive hallmark of his Argentinianism and a proof that genuine love, loyal and eternal, finds in soccer a beautiful excuse for expressing itself. Viggo is the anti-star, almost like any other member of the crowd. A reserved type and light years away from any ostentation about money or power.

Thursday, after the speech for the opening of the chapel, he presented his relic: a bronze crow, a unique piece, life-sized, that he'd acquired in New Mexico a couple of years ago. He saw it while filming a modern western with his friend Ed Harris. He bought it, put a plaque on it with the Ciclón logo and presented it before fans and admirers. Those who adore him and see him as a kind of Chosen One, the Aragorn who will free the people (San Lorenzo) from their numerous sorrows, who will fulfill utopias and dreams and who will not be stopped by Sauron himself in all his dark power. Until the world championship is achieved, Viggo, brandishing his invincible sword, will not cease his quest. And they believe him. And follow him. "Above all, I'm a Cuervo... And a greater pride does not exist", says Viggo, citizen of the world, adventurer even at 51 years. "I would like to live in Argentina some day, maybe in Boedo", he added.

"I'm going to play Sigmund Freud in an upcoming film", he said after the ceremony, in the middle of a welcome lunch. They brought him to Suárez, a restaurant in Boedo where Cuervos often get together. The Talking Cure will be his third film with director David Cronenberg, with whom he has already worked in A History of Violence and Eastern Promises (which earned him his first Oscar nomination). Meanwhile, we await the opening in Argentina of The Road, an intense film in which he will be seen in a complex role played out in an apocalyptic setting.

Between Wednesday and Monday, which was the duration of his stay, he visited friends (including some outside the capital), dealt with the press, watched San Lorenzo on the field (they lost 0-1 against Gimnasia), dined with some of his idols (Sergio Sapo Villar, the man who won the most games in the history of... yes, San Lorenzo de Almagro) and promised to return soon. On the wings of the Cuervo, as always.

© Gente. Images © Matias Campaya.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Categories: Quotable Viggo

This week we've all been thrilled by the news that Queen Margrethe of Denmark is honouring Viggo with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Dannebrog. Being a knight has changed rather a lot over the years and you are no longer expected to protect your monarch with your sword and your honour (although I'm sure Viggo is one Knight who actually could, if called upon). Being a romantic, I thought we should take a light hearted look this week at the courtly warrior and all things Knightly. This, of course, involves a large dollop of Aragorn, a smidge of Hitch, the inspiration for Perceval Press and even the rescue of a damsel in distress.

It has always helped that he looks like a Round Table knight; parts abound for the handsome hero-rescuer waving a literal or metaphorical sword. In the business, he's that worldly poetic soul who can do credible justice to gangland Russian, Sioux, or Elvish dialects. That guy who looks great on a horse. That guy who never kills anyone who doesn't need killing.

The Great Dane
Men's Vogue
By Phoebe Eaton
March 2008

Picture Han Solo without the wisecracks mixed with an Indian scout mixed with Sir Lancelot stirred together with the leadership and loyalty of a leader we all wish we had

Fellowship of the Ring Review
Nick Nunziata

Viggo is noble, Viggo is powerful, Viggo is resplendent.

ROTK review
Film Hobbit
16 December 3003

Wherever there is a noble cause to defend, we see him, and that is not the product of my imagination but of such an obvious and truthful reality that it has a full name.

Reunion with Alatriste in Uclés
Diario de León, by Miguel Ángel Nepomuceno - translated by Paddy
26 June 2005

We knew we were blessed in having Viggo - who is part-Danish descent - step into the role of Aragorn when he arrived carrying a copy of the Volsunga Saga that he had taken from his bookshelf! Viggo not only has an actor's sense of bringing his character to life, but also an innate understanding of 'the warrior code' and Tolkien's philosophy of heroism.

Philippa Boyens
The Making of the Movie Trilogy

Here was the Viggo Mortensen effect at work. As Aragorn, the perfectly chiselled Mortensen was the embodiment of the fairytale romantic hero, brave yet somehow ethereal, part Chaucer's "parfit, gentil knight" and part rock star.

The Viggo Effect
By Stephanie Bunbury
The Age
24 February 2006

Eyes ablaze and sword aglint, Mortensen proved a captivating warrior who stirred the hearts, souls and in many cases the loins of the first blockbuster film's audiences.

The New Hollywood Male
By Charles Gant
Arena Homme Plus #18
December 2002

Watching Viggo Mortensen positioning himself in grand style in the preparation for the climactic shootout offers visual pleasure as well as reaffirmation of a code of honor that may be too mythical but helps maintain the tradition of the Westerner as a gentleman guided by strong inner conscience and sense of self.

Appaloosa Review
Emmanuel Levy
7 September 2008

Mortensen's body-and-soul of commitment to his roles makes him the closest thing American cinema has to a warrior poet. And you know what? He actually is a poet.

The Art House Powerhouse 100
Paste Magazine
10 January 2008

The name of [Pervceval] press harks back to the legend of Parsifal, the knight of the Arthurian legend who found the Castle of the Grail and saved the Fisher King.

On his way to achieve knighthood at King Arthur's Court, he and his knights choose to find their own paths. "If there was a trail," says Mortensen, "they wouldn't take it. They had to make their own ways. I wanted to provide that opportunity for artists."

Little Press Shines With Star Power
By Susan Salter Reynolds
Los Angeles Times
3 March 2004

One last thing that I wish to report is a small anecdote concerning someone. One of my charming girlfriends, attached to the press core assisting all of the DVDrama personel, yesterday was herself helped by a hero and not the least of which since it was Mr. Viggo Mortensen, alias the sensual Aragorn of the Lord of the Rings, about whom we are still having numerous fantasies since the first showing of Peter Jackson's trilogy. Present in Cannes to support David Cronenberg's film, A History of Violence, in which he proves once again his immensity talent, he went to the private evening gathering that followed the premiere screening, which was exactly where my girlfriend was, whose dress suddenly caught fire as she walked down the centre of an avenue edged with small candles. An accident which could have transformed itself very quickly into a catastrophe if the courageous Viggo hadn't intervened immediately, gently throwing himself on her to help extinguish the first flames that could have become a conflagration. Reassuring and concerned he next took lengthy care of her. After this summer the King of Tolkien, Viggo, is today the King of Cannes and I regret not being the one of whose dress caught fire!

Viggo the Hero
DVDrama, Cannes Film Festival Report
17 May 2005

'I didn't need Lord of the Rings to know Viggo was a prince.'

Richard Clabaugh
Cinematographer for American Yakuza

As always, you will find all previous Quotables here in our Webpages.

© Images © New Line Productions Inc.

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