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Video: Viggo Mortensen & David Cronenberg | In Conversation | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2014

Source: YouTube.
Found By: Eriko
Many thanks to Eriko for bringing us this clip from TIFF.

One of Hollywood's most distinguished and versatile leading men, Viggo Mortensen is joined onstage by David Cronenberg to discuss their acclaimed collaborations on A History of Violence, A Dangerous Method, and Eastern Promises, which earned Mortensen an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Since his screen debut as a young Amish farmer in director Peter Weir's Witness, Viggo Mortensen's film career has been marked by a steady string of diverse performances. Critics have continually recognized his work in more than 40 films, including The Road, Appaloosa, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A Walk on the Moon, Portrait of a Lady, Carlito's Way, The Indian Runner, The Reflecting Skin, and the Spanish-language features Alatriste, La Pistola de Mi Hermano, and Everybody Has a Plan. He joins us for a look back at his career highlights — including his acclaimed collaborations with Cronenberg on Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, and A Dangerous Method. Viggo Mortensen image credit: Sam Jones.

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Watch out for...

Source: Daily Mail.
Found By: Chrissie
Chrissie brings us this latest mention from Daily Mail.
© StudioCanal.
Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen, who star in The Two Faces Of January, an excellent psychological thriller adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel by screenwriter turned director Hossein Amini. Isaac, superb in the Coen brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis, plays an American working as a tour guide in Greece. In every deal, he skims money off the top. He's a harmless cheater — until he meets a married couple (Dunst and Mortensen).

They've been forced to flee the States because Mortensen has fleeced some heavy hitters out of some loot. The three of them live in a pressure cooker and it's fabulous to observe.

The picture's screening at the Berlin Film Festival and opens in the UK later in the spring.

© Associated Newspapers Ltd. Images © Studio Canal.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

This week I have a fairly random bunch of quotes with thoughts on cities and wild open spaces, being alone and being with others, and, most of all, finding times to stop and spaces to think. What's clear is that being alone, being quiet and being in nature is Viggo's battery recharger and also a much needed source of inspiration and creativity.

"As a child he was a loner, which is unsurprising considering his peripatetic lifestyle. "I wrote stories and did a lot of drawing," he says. "It's why I'm comfortable being by myself and why I yearn for it at times. When you're on a movie set you're with people constantly. So when it gets to lunchtime I just go off by myself. I've always been like that. I'm self-sufficient and I like being with my own thoughts. It prepares me for being around people. But I know others have to constantly check their email or phone messages and if an hour of silence goes by, they panic. I'm just not like that."

Viggo Mortensen is lord of all things
Chitra Ramaswamy
The Scotsman
24 May 2013

"I can be at home walking around London as much as I am in the woods of South Island, New Zealand. But if I had to pick I would choose to be in nature, whether in the mountains, desert, or by the sea. I like places where there are very few human traces, places where I never feel time is wasted. If I'm stuck in a traffic jam in Los Angeles or waiting in a queue for the bank it's hard not to feel I'm wasting my life in that moment."

Viggo Mortensen is lord of all things
Chitra Ramaswamy
The Scotsman
24 May 2013

'I believe that I'm a man of the hills, the woods, the angry sea, a somewhat solitary guy but sometimes I miss what it's like to soak up metropolitan poisons. I love and am terrified by the great cities of the world, sometimes simultaneously.'

Viggo Mortensen in Algiers
For It To Rain
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
19 October 2013

'Since I grew up travelling a lot, flying is almost like being at home for me, and a plane is like my second mother.... being in the sky during those hours when you feel as though you've escaped from linear time always seemed like an opportunity for reflection to me.'

Viggo Mortensen
Knowing How To Travel
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
30 March 2013

'Time passes, the world changes, people evolve and it's nice to stop every now and then and not do anything. I want to imagine things that interest me, to give myself time to get excited about something.'

Viggo Mortensen
"I'm a guy who sticks his nose in everything"
By Stuart Gollum, Gala Magazine
30 August 2006

What's your daily life like? How do you find the time to pursue your other interests?

These days, I'm a little busy. But I steal moments here and there. You don't have to take a picture of something. You don't have to write about it. Or even talk about it. You can just appreciate that it's there. If I don't have moments once in a while where I try to do nothing and think about nothing, so that things can come in, then I'm not very effective in that way.

That's why I like to spend time by myself sometimes, even just to go and see a movie. Or go on a camping trip. It's nice to share it with people. But if you go with someone, let's say you're going for a walk in the woods, you are seeing their point of view. Which can be interesting. And you're discussing it. So you're putting things out.

But if you were by yourself walking through the woods or seeing a movie or whatever it is, it's all coming in. That's why I like to spend time by myself and recharge.

Viggo-rously Reluctant Sex Symbol
By Ruben V Nepales
Phillipine Daily Enquirer
2 October 2005

'This is only me and my camera. I sit down and watch the sky, stop, and maybe sing a little or write something down. When I have time to do that, I am as happy as I can be.'

Viggo Mortensen
Capable Of Many Things
By Hanna Björk Valsdóttir - translated by Ragga
30 May 2008
Source: Fréttablaðið

"I am a loner who flees from stress, I feel good living close to nature, living with the same rhythm as animals and weather, no pressure, no constraints, no deadlines. I write poems, I paint, I read, I phone my friends, I plunge into thought and all of a sudden without my having seen the hours go by, night falls…"

Viggo Mortensen, Beautiful Savage
Richard Gianorio
Le Figaro
26 September 2008

'Every day was a new deal depending on which of the three movies we were working on and what group of people I was with. I used my precious time off to hang out by myself and recharge. Month after month of being around tons of people all the time, no matter how much you might like them, that's just not something I'm used to doing. It was like a family, but sometimes you just needed quiet.'

Viggo Mortensen on filming LOTR
Starburst #281

'I'm a very sociable person, but I love to be alone, to listen to the silence, to not speak to anyone for a while. What would drive some people crazy gives me energy.'

Viggo Mortensen
"I'm permanently dissatisfied", by Amelia Enríquez, Lecturas Magazine
30 August 2006
Translated for V-W by Margarita

"I like to take care of my own problems, shoulder my responsibilities. I don't have a bevy of people assisting me and filtering what I hear or what I say. I'd rather be overworked and underslept and have a good idea of what's going on."

Viggo Mortensen
Q&A with Viggo Mortensen
by Neala Johnson
Herald Sun (Australia), March 8 2007

'I suppose I'm a private person; have been pretty much that way all along. I'm certainly not someone who can't sit for five minutes without calling someone or turning on the television set. I can entertain myself.'

Viggo Mortensen
A Visit With Viggo
by Marianne Love
Sandpoint magazine, 2004

"If I have a day off, I'm not at a Hollywood party. I'm not the type of actor who lives in the press. I'd rather be home in shorts and a T-shirt surrounded by paint brushes, a blank canvas and have a few candles burning as the day fades into the night."

Superstar Viggo's a serious soul at heart
by Cindy Pearlman,
Chicago Sun Times
9 Sept 2007

You will find all previous Quotables

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Your February Reminders

Categories: Calendar: Viggo

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UPDATE: Berlinale Special Gala: The Two Faces of January

Found By: Eriko
Many thanks to Eriko for bringing us screening dates.
Image Jack English.
© StudioCanal.
Athens, 1962. When American tour guide and harmless con artist Rydal first catches sight of Colette, she is strolling alongside a wealthy older businessman at the Acropolis. A short while later he meets her. Colette and her husband Chester MacFarland invite him for a meal during which the young man is entranced by the couple's fine manners.

An accident at the hotel puts all three in danger. As they escape together across the Greek islands and villages, the couple come to depend on Rydal who speaks fluent Greek and knows people who can help them. Noticing Rydal's attraction to his wife, Chester MacFarland would much rather be alone with Colette. Before long, MacFarland drops the mask of the fine gentleman and shows his true colours.

In this story the figure of Colette is both Greek goddess and femme fatale – just like one of Alfred Hitchcock's muses. Indeed, director Hossein Amini, who wrote the screenplay for Drive, revisits Hitchcock's style for this Patricia Highsmith adaptation. Accompanied by Alberto Iglesias' brilliant score, the trio of Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac and Kirsten Dunst chase each other across the shimmering Greek landscape of the sixties.

United Kingdom / USA / France 2013, 96 min

English, Greek, Turkish

Tue Feb 11 19:30 Zoo Palast 1
Wed Feb 12 12:00 Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Sun Feb 16 21:45 Zoo Palast 2

Hossein Amini

Viggo Mortensen
Kirsten Dunst
Oscar Isaac
David Warshofsky
Daisy Bevan
Aleifer Prometheus

Viggo will attend on Feb 11 and 12!

© Images © Jack English/StudioCanal.

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