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UPDATE: Viggo Mortensen will receive the Honorary Grand Prize at the Festival de Sitges

Source: Fotogramas.
Found By: Sally

We are able to confirm that Viggo will attend on October 11.


El actor norteamericano Viggo Mortensen, afincado en Argentina durante mucho tiempo, recibirá el Gran Premio Honorífico del Festival de Cine Fantástico de Sitges en la clausura del certamen.

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© 2929/Dimension Films/MGM.
Mortensen, último invitado confirmado, asistirá además a la proyección del filme "The Road", que cierra el festival, protagonizado además por Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall y Guy Pierce.

Además de Mortensen, también recibirá el Gran Premio Honorífico Malcolm McDowell y el Festival rendirá asimismo homenaje al director, productor, guionista y actor Walter Hill, productor de la tetralogía de "Alien".

Our thanks to Sally for the heads up on the original news from Fotogramas.

The Sitges Film Festival begins this Thursday, October 1, and runs through October 12.

The Road is scheduled to close out the festival on the evening of October 11.

© 2009 Hachette Filipacchi SL. Images © Dimension Films.

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Perceval Press Update

Source: Perceval Press

New on the Books & CDs page:

Dear Customers,
Owing to high demand, Perceval Press will extend its September Sale until 31 October. Any book will be available for $10, and any of our CDs for $5 until that date.

© Perceval Press. Images © Perceval Press.

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2009 - Viggo's Year: Yet Another Well Deserved Award

Source: BAFTA.
Found By: Eriko
Our thanks to Eriko for the heads up.

Viggo Mortensen - The Alfred Dunhill BAFTA Life in Pictures

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© 2929/Dimension Films/MGM.
Saturday, 17 October

18:30 Reception
19:00 Event Commences

Join BAFTA and Alfred Dunhill as we celebrate the life in pictures of Viggo Mortensen.

Mortensen has made a slow, steady climb up the ranks to become one of Hollywood's most reliable and in-demand talents. After several years of experience in live theater, Mortensen made his first film appearance playing an Amish farmer in Peter Weir's Witness. During the 1990s, Mortensen appeared in supporting roles in a variety of films, including Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady, Young Guns II, Prison, Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Sean Penn's The Indian Runner, Carlito's Way, Crimson Tide, G.I. Jane plus many, many more.

However Mortensen is probably most well known for his role as Aragorn in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (released in 2001, 2002 and 2003). Though he had little trouble finding work, Mortensen took his time searching for that one breakthrough that would catapult his career onto the global stage. The Lord of Rings trilogy was that catalyst and led to a wealth of opportunities, including the critically acclaimed and award-nominated History of Violence (2005) directed by David Cronenberg. This was followed in 2006, by the role of Captain Diego Alatriste in Alatriste, the most expensive Spanish-language film ever made. In 2007 he collaborated with Cronenburg again in the movie Eastern Promises, when he played the role of a scheming Russian gangster in London. Viggo's role earned him a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor.

Exceedingly humble about success and uncharacteristically un-Hollywood, Mortensen managed to stay somewhat reclusive and focused on other interests outside of acting - namely painting and writing poetry - despite becoming one of the most recognizable stars in the world.

Mortenson will next appear in an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Award winning novel, The Road, directed by John Hillcoat and releasing in January 2010.

© British Academy of Film and Television Arts 2008-2009 . Images © Image Macall Polay. 2929/Dimension Films/MGM.

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'The Road' To Screen at Mill Valley Film Festival

Source: California Film Institute and Mill Valley Film Festival.
Found By: Bobbie O

Our thanks to Bobbie O. for the news that The Road will be screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

The Road
Screening: Thu. Oct 8th, 2009 @ 9:40 PM - Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley, CA

For ticket information, click here.

© 2009 California Film Institute and Mill Valley Film Festival. Images © 2009 California Film Institute and Mill Valley Film Festival/2929/Dimension Films/MGM. Image Macall Polay.

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Source: And The Winner Is....
Found By: Chrissiejane

Many thanks to Chrissiejane for bringing us these interesting audio interviews on The Road from Scott Feinberg at And The Winner Is!

[sic] You will note that Feinberg lists Viggo as an Academy Award winner for Eastern Promises, where he was in fact an Academy Award nominee. We like the way Feinberg thinks however.
Image Macall Polay.
© 2929/Dimension Films/MGM.
Yesterday, I posted my full analysis of "The Road" (The Weinstein Company, 11/25, trailer), which I saw earlier this month at the Toronto Film Festival. Today, I'm pleased to bring you the audio of several related interviews that I conducted there, as well.
The first -- which runs about 17 minutes, and which you can access by clicking here -- is with the film's two stars, Academy Award winner Viggo Mortensen ("Eastern Promises") and child actor Kodi Smit-McPhee ("Romulus, My Father"), who is now 13. The second -- clocking in at about 13 minutes, and accessible here -- is with their director, John Hillcoat ("The Proposition").
Some highlights:

  • Mortensen told Hillcoat he'd be happy to read with as many kids as he wanted to test because he, like everyone involved with "The Road," knew that the film's success or failure probably hinged upon the performance of the person cast as The Boy, one of the more demanding parts for a child actor in years. He ended up participating in the auditions of four youngsters: one Canadian, two Americans, and one Australian -- Smit-McPhee. Among the scenes they each had to audition: the film's final scene, which Mortensen aptly calls "brutal."
  • Smit-McPhee says that he "didn't know anything" about Mortensen prior to his audition, jokingly adding that "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy is "so yesterday."
  • Smit-McPhee and a friend from home spent much of their childhoods going to auditions together, and if one didn't get the part the other usually would. They eventually collaborated on an adorable YouTube series about young detectives called "Tiny Town" (clips of which have since been removed from the Web site). Smit-McPhee's "big break" was being cast in the Australian film "Romulus, My Father," for which he won the Australian Film Institute's Young Actor Award in 2007.
  • In addition to performing his scenes, Smit-McPhee had to attend school every day during filming.
  • Smit-McPhee tells a great anecdote about the scene in which The Boy offers The Old Man food. After multiple attempts, he says, "I just couldn't get it," so Hillcoat said they'd come back to it the next day. Then, on his way home, he was eating some chicken when a wild dog came up to him with "the same blind eye that Robert Duvall had in the movie... asking for food like Duvall was in the movie." He says, "My dad was like, 'Feed it! Feed it! Just do it!' So I fed it, and he said, 'Alright, now you do the same thing tomorrow.'"
  • Hillcoat also chimes in on Duvall's scene, and shares a fascinating piece of direction that he gave the veteran actor to help him understand what he was looking for in his performance:think of Boo Radley, the reserved, nearly mute character he began his career by portraying in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962).
  • Hillcoat says that the script's vision for the future immediately made him think of today's homeless.
  • Hillcoat found the script "refreshing" because apocalyptic films are usually "all about the big event, and all about the spectacle, and there's no real human characters in it -- you know, they're just perfunctory, and they just serve this big rollercoaster ride," whereas in this film we don't even know about the event, which "focused the spotlight straight onto the man and son."
  • Mortensen and Hillcoat both address the fact that portions of the film were shot in areas of New Orleans that have yet to be rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina. Hillcoat says he also weaved in footage of the smoke plumes that resulted from the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings on 9/11 because "special effects can't reproduce that."
  • During casting preparation for filming, Hillcoat says he sought someone like Henry Fonda in John Ford's "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940), a film that reminded him of "The Road"; referenced Vittorio de Sica's "The Bicycle Thief" (1948); and drew upon the Depression-era photographs of Dorothea Lange.

Go here to access these great audio interviews with Scott Feinberg.

© Scott Feinberg. Images © 2929/Dimension Films/MGM. Image Macall Polay.

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