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First Image from Marrakech!

Source: Pathe Films Instagram.
Found By: Chrissie

Our thanks to Chrissie for the find. Here via Pathe Films Instagram is the first image from the Loin des Hommes screening at the Marrakech Film Festival.

I see it says it was in front of 15,000 people!

And, no surprises, Viggo has brought his San Lorenzo flag.

Images © Pathe Films.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

In the October 9th Sobrevuelos column (just translated by our intrepid duo Ollie and Zoe),
Viggo quite rightly defends the right to speak freely and voice opinions on controversial issues, and to have those opinions respected and presented in context. The freedom to speak is something that he has returned to again and again over the years. Only when all sides and arguments have been expressed can truth and balance emerge.

Voices of a People's History of the United States

'activism is not a dirty word.'

Viggo Mortensen
SLU Commencement Address
May 21, 2006

'Not speaking something that you know or think is the truth is complicity.'

Viggo Mortensen
The Other Mortensen, by Mariana Enriquez - translated for V-W by Margarita
Página 12,
20 November 2005

Mortensen has got himself onto the subject of politics and personal responsibility and he is quietly rapping away. It has rhythm, it has blues: you almost feel like tapping your feet. Not a grandiose oration, nor a preachy lecture (or one you can actually stop or interrupt) but his audience nevertheless starts to feel a creeping sense of guilty moral turpitude.

Viggo at the Rome Film Festival
Mr Good Bard
Sydney Morning Herald
28 February 2009

'I think that you have to be able to speak without fear, that one can, and at times must, name things, facts, freely speak your mind. Free discussion without fear of anyone or anything. We can disagree, but we need to try to learn what's going on, what others think - everyone - in order to maintain a more or less sensible conversation, a healthy dialogue.'

Viggo Mortensen
If The Rain Gets Here
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
9 October 2014

'If we don't talk about these things - with respect and good manners, and informing ourselves as well as possible - they get worse and worse, darker. There are more misunderstandings and problems. As in any relationship, the things that aren't talked about come out later in another way.'

Viggo talking about the ETA and forgiveness controversy
The World of Viggo Mortensen
By Manuel Martínez Torres - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Esquire Latinoamerica
March 2012

'I consider myself very fortunate to have a platform. I don't take it lightly, and I don't abuse it. I don't speak up about something unless I feel strongly about it and until I've researched a subject extensively and have an informed decision about it. But I think if you don't say something it's lying by omission. I personally think it's immoral. Yeah, it might cost you a few fans, but you have to say something.'

Viggo Mortensen on speaking up for his beliefs
By Nina Siegal
The Progressive
November 2005

"There's a well-promoted notion: "Why are you speaking about things you don't know anything about? You're not in politics, you're not a senator or a congressman. You have no right to speak about these things. You are an actor, or a teacher, a cab driver, a nurse, and therefore you have no right to worry about or express concern over the moral decision-making of the government you have elected to represent you." Which is absurd, of course."

Viggo Mortensen
The Man Who Would be King
By Scott Thill, 2003

"On one hand I fully believe in artistic freedom and freedom of speech, but at the same time I feel that you should react wisely and show your respect for other people," says Viggo and he continues: "As an artist I express my opinion about everything, but I never talk about a subject I have no knowledge of. And I always think about how other people would interpret my expressions. Once in a while it is smarter to shut up. Think and listen to what other people say.

My Heart Beats For Denmark
By Kim Kastrup - translated by Rosen
Ekstra Bladet
25 September 2007

'Every kind of government, however democratic it might be, is naturally against freedom, because its number one objective is to remain in power. So, for government to work well, people have to get involved, to insist on freedom of speech, on gender equality, on all that. Because they aren't things that are a done deal, that we won them and that's it. They have to be renewed every day.'

The World of Viggo Mortensen
By Manuel Martínez Torres - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Esquire Latinoamerica
March 2012

'I believe in this nation and I think that, you know, as Howard Zinn, paraphrasing him, being patriotic is not supporting your government, being patriotic is supporting your country, your nation.'

Charlie Rose Show Interview,
transcription for V-W by Chrissie
22 September 2005

People say I'm negative – not true. I'm aware. The spread of the internet leads us to think that people are more informed than ever. They're not. People are tired of scandals and corruption and want to know less than ever."

Viggo Mortensen
A Most Beautiful Mind
L'Uomo Vogue
September 2011

'A couple of days ago, a man wrote a letter to the Watertown Daily Times saying, in effect, that he would not vote for Bob Johnson just because Viggo Mortensen thought he ought to. He was absolutely right.'

Viggo Mortensen's Watertown Speech in support of Dr. Bob Johnson,
Democratic party candidate for congress
Watertown, NY
9 September 2006

You will find all previous Quotables

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Frazer Hamilton.

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The Two Faces of January - U.S. DVD release

Found By: Chrissie
Many thanks to Chrissie for bringing us this news. The U.S. DVD/Blu-ray will be released on 13 January 2015:

Amazon is taking pre-orders now.

Images © Magnolia Pictures.

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Your Additional December Reminders

Categories: Calendar: Viggo

Check out new events now included on the calendar.

Be aware that there may be updates as more Viggo appearances are confirmed for December.

Click on image to enlarge.

© Images © New Line Cinema.

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Viggo-Works Christmas Calendar 2014

Categories: Calendar: Viggo

Our annual Christmas calendar is open and we encourage all of you to check it out each day for a lovely Viggo image. A great Holiday gift to yourself! Click each day for a new photo.

You can find it HERE!

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Last edited: 27 January 2015 12:48:51