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Kong Viggo

Source: Fyordbyerne.
Found By: Paradise
Categories: Scans
Thanks to Paradise for surfacing this article.

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© 2008 Fyordbyerne.

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$8,051.00 Raised to Help 1, 2, 3 ... Hi Baby!!

Categories: Friends on Board

With the additional donations received at Friends on Board, that brings the grand total to: $8,051.00.

It's always sad when something comes to an end, but this end will bring a most welcome new beginning for our friends at 1,2,3 ... Hi Baby!

We thank each and every one of you for your generous support ... those who donated financially ... those who contributed a piece of themselves through their artistic talents and treasured keepsakes near and dear to their heart ... those who carried us through and were there for us with guidance and moral support ... those who gave.

A great deal of gratitude to the administrators and moderators at all the Viggo fan sites that supported Friends on Board through this process. We certainly could not have achieved this without all of you.

And finally ... an enormous thank you to Viggo for making this all possible.

A message from Gail Cedar Face at 1, 2, 3 ... Hi Baby!!

Thank you for the $8,051!!!

I would like to thank each of the donors and auction participants for the $8,051 that was raised on our behalf toward the purchase of a car. The new to us car will help us to transport participants to and from medically related appointments. Your generosity is very greatly appreciated and as soon as we have found the perfect vehicle, I will send Linda a picture of it and ask her to post it to this site for you all to see.

Again, thanks, from the bottom of our hearts. $8,051 ... WOW!!! Without Friends On Board, Viggo fan sites, and Viggo's generosity - none of this would be possible.

Thank you all!

Gratefully Yours,

Gail Cedar Face
Cedar Face Foundation - 1, 2, 3... Hi Baby!, Inc.


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Film Review: Good

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.
Found By: Dom
Categories: Reviews
Image Larry Horricks.
© Good Films.
Thanks to Dom for bringing us this review from The Hollywood Reporter.

Bottom Line: Absorbing drama about a good man who is blind to the horrors of Germany's Nazi regime

By Ray Bennett
Oct 23, 2008

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian director Vicente Amorim's drama "Good," based on a play by C.P. Taylor, is set in Nazi Germany and tells with escalating tension the story of a presumably decent man whose bland acquiescence to Nazi terror makes him a horrified accessory.

Viggo Mortensen is outstanding as a head-in-the-clouds lecturer who allows a novel he wrote exploring euthanasia to be exploited in support of Hitler's demented theories about a master race. Using a credible English accent along with the mostly British cast, Mortensen conveys the scholar's self-absorption and willingness to be blinded to events all around him that point to the Holocaust.

Paced deliberately in a way that reinforces the tragedy of evil flourishing when good men do nothing, "Good" may find boxoffice returns slow to build but the film's aim is true and patient audiences will be well rewarded.
Perhaps the original title, "A Good Man," would have been better employed rather than the ineffectual "Good," for that's what Professor John Halder (Mortensen) appears to be. An earnest, intense teacher, he loves his obsessive-compulsive wife and their two children, and he looks after his addled mother.

His best friend is a Jewish psychoanalyst named Maurice (Jason Isaacs, also executive producer) and together they treat the Nazi grip on government as an aberration that will soon pass.

Things begin to change when Halder is called before a charming but sinister government officer (Mark Strong in a typically sinuous cameo) and asked to write a paper advancing the notion that the lives of chronically sick patients should be terminated.

He dashes something off but is soon encouraged to accept that an honorary membership in Hitler's SS will help his ambitions for promotion at his university. He also succumbs to the temptations of a beautiful student (Jodie Whittaker) although he waits to marry her until she has graduated before leaving his wife.

The film tracks Halder as Germany convulses in Hitler's madness while the professor somehow fails to see what is going on around him. It's a harsh tale and not one that aims to forgive men like Halder. It may help to understand them better, though.

Good Film, Miromar Entertainment
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whitaker, Mark Strong.
Director: Vicente Amorim.
Screenwriter: John Wrathall.
Producer: Miriam Segal.
Director of photography: Andrew Dunn.
Production design: Andrew Laws.
Music: Simon Lacey.
Costume designer: Gyongyi Szakacs.
Editor: John Wilson
Sales agent: Imagem Filmes
No rating; 96 minutes.

© 2008 Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Images © OddLot.

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Viggo Mortensen to walk Chicago International Film Festival red carpet on Oct. 29, 2008 for 'Good'

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Found By: Ellie
Categories: Award Ceremonies

Our thanks to Ellie for this great news about the tribute to Viggo in Chicago on October 29.

U.S. Premiere of "Good" Presented at Closing Night of the 44th Chicago International Film Festival Academy-Award® Nominee Viggo Mortensen Will Receive Career Achievement Award Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008

CHICAGO, October 22, 2008 - The 44th Chicago International Film Festival Closing Night film will be the U.S. Premiere of Good featuring a star-studded red carpet arrival by Academy-Award® nominated actor Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises), actor Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter films), and the film's director Vicente Amorim (The Middle of the World) at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 7pm.

Renowned television journalist Bill Kurtis will host the evening, beginning with a selection of film highlights celebrating Mortensen's career and the presentation of the Career Achievement Award. Following this will be the U.S. Premiere of Good.

Good, based on the acclaimed play by C.P. Taylor, stars Oscar® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises) in an extraordinary change-of-pace role as John Halder, a good, decent individual with family problems. A German literature professor in the 1930's, Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia.

When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity. Yet with Halder's change in fortune, his seemingly inconsequential decisions potentially jeopardize the people in his life with devastating effects. THINKFilm will open Good in select theaters on December 31, 2008 before a nationwide roll-out starting in January 2009.

Tickets for the Closing Night presentation are now on sale and available via; by calling 312-902-1500; or by calling the Chicago International Film Festival Hotline: 312-332-FILM, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $30 (balcony) to $35 (floor) for Cinema/Chicago members and from $35 (balcony) to $40 (floor) for non-members.

Viggo Mortensen (John Halder) has, since his screen debut as a young Amish farmer in director Peter Weir's Witness, enjoyed an acting career marked by a steady string of diverse performances. Critics have continually recognized his work in close to 40 films, including A History of Violence, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A Walk on the Moon, Portrait of a Lady, La Pistola de Mi Hermano, Carlito's Way, The Indian Runner, The Reflecting Skin, and Alatriste.

Last year, he starred in David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, which earned him his first Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor, in addition to garnering him nominations for Best Actor from the Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards, Broadcast Film Critics Association, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, among others. Born in New York to an American mother and a Danish father, Mortensen spent the early part of his childhood in Manhattan. His family traveled extensively, and he spent several years living in Venezuela, Argentina, and Denmark.

He began acting in New York, studying with Warren Robertson, and appeared in several plays and movies before moving to Los Angeles. He is also an accomplished poet, photographer, and painter. In 2002, he founded Perceval Press, an independent publishing house specializing in art, poetry, and critical writing. Perceval's mission is to publish texts, images and recordings that might not otherwise be presented.

Most recently, Mortensen exhibited the photographic series "The Nature of Landscape and Independent Perception" with George Gudni at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Past shows include "Miyelo" at both the Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles and the Addison Ripley Gallery in Washington, D.C. Mortensen has also shown his work at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York City, as well as in New Zealand, Denmark, and Cuba. His books of photography and writing are available from Perceval Press.

Jason Isaacs (Maurice) is perhaps best known for his role as 'Lucius Malfoy' in the popular Harry Potter films and will next be seen starring in the films La Conjura de El Escorial and Green Zone. Isaacs' numerous other film credits include Grindhouse, Friends with Money, Black Hawk Down, Windtalkers, Sweet November, The Patriot, End of the Affair, Soldier, Armageddon, Event Horizon, Dragonheart, and Dangerous Love.

He did a multiple episode arc as a war photojournalist on the acclaimed NBC series The West Wing, along with more than 20 other U.K and U.S. television shows, including starring in the acclaimed Showtime series Brotherhood. Isaacs has appeared on stage in several West End productions, including The Dumb Waiter, Force of Change, 1953 and Angels in America, and is a frequent performer at the Edinburgh Festival.

Vicente Amorim (Director) received attention for his 2003 debut feature film, The Middle of the World, which was a Top Ten grossing film in Brazil, and placed him on Screen International's list of most promising directors worldwide. The film, which has played around the globe, was named by New York Magazine as one of the five best at the city's New Directors/New Films festival, and has received many other awards, including kudos for star Wagner Moura at the Cartagena and Natal film festivals.

A partner in the largest production company in Brazil, Amorim has directed over 500 commercials and music videos, and several short films, including Don't Get Charged Up, which was named Best Short at the Telluride Film Festival. His feature-length documentary, Too Much Brazil, was lauded by UNESCO. Amorim studied economics and cinema at the Federal University in Rio de Janero.

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Visit Viggo's New Sådanset Exhibit

Found By: Chrissiejane, Iolanthe, Chrissie
Categories: Gallery Shows
Can't get to Denmark? Then join us at Viggo-Works for a cyber visit to Viggo's latest (and stunning!) new exhibit. Join in the discussion with your friends.

Our mega thanks to Viggo-Works Moderators Chrissie, Iolanthe, and Chrissiejane for sharing their insights and their images, and leading this discussion on our forums.

It's our intention to use this thread to conduct a "guided walk" around the exhibition so that you can appreciate how some 200 images have been used to construct a single entity. We would request that everyone "goes with the flow", so that when we are through with discussing each group of images, we can then move on to the next one.

As we consider each group within the exhibition, please feel free to post your own images from within that group and make your comments about how that group works, what you like about it and what you dislike!

Please also note that this thread is an art discussion thread and is not intended for generic comments and messages of appreciation , other than those about the exhibition itself.

So...if you can't get to Roskilde, you can view the exhibit and join in the artistic discussion here in our Viggo-Works forums.

© Images © Iolanthe.

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