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Happy Birthday to J. R. R. Tolkien!

Categories: Tolkien

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Exclusive Clip from Loin des Hommes

Found By: Chrissie
Categories: Loin des Hommes
© One World Films/Pathe.

Our thanks to Chrissie for bringing us this clip.

Exclusive clip from the movie here at Premiere.


Le western imposant qui confronte Viggo Mortensen et Reda Kateb se dévoile avec une vidéo âpre et sauvage.

Librement inspiré d'une nouvelle d'Albert Camus, Loin des hommes raconte l'histoire d'un instituteur vertueux (Mortensen) qui, au début de la guerre d'Algérie, doit escorter un paysan accusé de meurtre. Avec ses allures de western élégiaque, son casting impressionnant, le film de David Oelhoffen dépasse la simple illustration historique ou l'adaptation servile pour devenir un véritable objet de cinéma. Impressionnant doit-on rajouter.

C'est ce que montre précisément cet extrait. Face à un Reda Kateb taiseux, dévasté, Viggo Mortensen semble dévorer par des contradictions morales. Dans sa démarche, dans sa violence contenue, on voit bien que c'est lui qui amène les questionnements philosophiques du film (le bien-fondé de la Loi, le prix de la reconquête, la valeur d'un homme), que c'est lui, aussi, qui incarne l'universalité et la fraternité au coeur du projet.

Surtout, comme on le voit dans les choix de mise en scène, Mortensen impose son physique rocailleux dans un environnement de majestueuses montagnes. On pense aux westerns monumentaux d'Anthony Mann ou de John Ford, on pense aux grands films humanistes de Clint (le dépouillement des dialogues, le charisme inouï des acteurs, leur solitude mélancolique)... Une chose est sure : il y a du cinéma là-dedans, un souffle de liberté et d'épopée terrassant.

Après avoir été sélectionné à Venise, le film sortira le 14 janvier prochain dans les salles françaises

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Happy New Year!

Categories: Viggo-Works

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Your January Reminders

Categories: Calendar: Viggo

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

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

2015 is on the near horizon – time for a bumper look back at all the best quotes of 2014. Most are film related in a year which saw Viggo appear in three new movies, visit more film festivals than he had hot dinners and stun critics with some linguistic fireworks. Along the way we have had Sobrevueloscuervos, covering every topic under the sun and giving us laughter and tears, and always something to think about when the reading is done.

'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.'

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

Mortensen, who radically rejects any clichés and stereotypes, has become one of the most interesting and idiosyncratic actors of his generation. And incidentally, so to speak, a world star of cinema.

Venniale Tribute publicity
August 2014

''s difficult for things to go wrong when you work with Viggo Mortensen.'

David Oelhoffen
Q&A: Viggo Mortensen and David Oelhoffen on 'Loin Des Hommes'
By Roslyn Sulcas
New York Times
26 August 2014

Viggo Mortensen is one of the most fascinating stars in contemporary cinema. The image of his penetrating gaze and wide jaw seems to have traversed all the corners of the globe and of Planet Cinema.

Manu Yáñez
13 August 2014

"Any film he's in is a film I want to see. He's one of the greats. Getting to collaborate with him on Captain Fantastic is quite literally the best thing that's happened to me since my wife asked me to marry her."

Matt Ross
Viggo Mortensen To Star In Electric City's 'Captain Fantastic'
By Mike Fleming Jnr
20 February 2014

'Suddenly, there's foreign sales and they can sell the idea. It suddenly went from "this is too dark," "the characters are [too] unlikable and complicated,"- it was suddenly, "Well it's Viggo."'

Hossein Amini
Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Hossein Amini – The Two Faces of January
By Robyn Candyce
24 September 2014

There's been a lot of good-looking men at this year's 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, but none of them can compare to the sexy beast that is Viggo Mortensen.

The Huffington Post
9 September 2014

Is there a language Viggo Mortensen doesn't speak?

Jill Lawless
Associated Press
2 September 2014

Viggo Mortensen can do anything. Until recently, that wasn't true. We could all look at him and think, "Yeah sure, but can he speak French?" The answer was no, and our world had a modicum of balance. Now it turns out that answer was yes, and we are all ****ed.

Evan Saathoff
25 August 2014

A wonderful reflection on the evocative power of cinema. And, incidentally, the umpteenth confirmation of Viggo Mortensen´s great talent. Mustachioed , astride his horse in a cavalry uniform, sword in sheath and a splendid hat on his head, he is reminiscent of John Wayne in the early John Ford films.

Jauja review
Franck Nouchi - translated by Ollie and Zoe
Le Monde
19 May 2014

Sweating in layers of bulky long johns, and sporting a droopy, weeping mustache, Mortensen carries the film, his human grumbling and surprised, rageful violence conveying the sense of a nervous, basically average man caught on a journey into his own heart of darkness. Increasingly, as the other characters drop away, Mortensen has nothing to play against but nature and himself.

Jauja review
Mark Asch
Brooklyn Magazine
7 October 2014

Anchored by a rumpled, naturalistic performance by the great Viggo Mortensen...

Jauja review
Angelo Muredda
5 September 2014

The voice on the phone is husky, familiar, and just a little menacing. "I was told to call this number," the speaker says. I give a little shudder before realising it's Viggo Mortensen, calling as planned to talk about his new film, The Two Faces of January. Phew.

The many faces of Viggo Mortensen
By Karl Quinn
Sydney Morning Herald
5 June 2014

'I liked the psychological acuteness, the darkness, the immorality that was in the script and all of this immersed in a dream setting. Just like something left rotting away in the sun.'

Viggo Mortensen: "I love the darkness and immorality of The Two Faces of January"
By Thomas Agnelli – translated by Celine
Premiere (France
June 2014

Viggo Mortensen surely wasn't just cast because he's a great actor; it's because no one can rock a 1960s cream linen suit quite like him.

Leigh Singer
19 May 2014

'I wasn't aware how bad he was until he confessed to me later that he could have been trying on bin bags for all he'd known.'

Steven Noble on Viggo being ill with fever through his costume fitting
ESQ&A: The Hollywood Costume Designer
By Tom Ward
Esquire Magazine
6 December 2014

"Viggo really embraces the ugly side of characters… not a lot of stars do."

Two Faces of January review
Dave McNary
22 June 2014 of the great little pleasures of cinema in our day - seeing Mortensen tilt his head and sketch a knowing half smile with the corner of his mouth.

Manu Yáñez
13 August 2014

Mortensen is terrific. His post-'Lord of the Rings' films have been an idiosyncratic mix. His my-way-or-the-highway approach doesn't always pay off, but it does here with this engrossing drama.

Loin des Hommes
Cath Clarke
Time Out
2 September 2014

"It takes me a long time to say yes to something. But once I do, I'm there."

Viggo talking about choosing his films
Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
9 September 2014

...he packs all the qualities of the archetypal strong and silent man as he has been constructed in the mythology of classic American westerns.

Loin des Hommes review
2 September 2014

...a face that paints a thousand unknown memories...

Loin des Hommes review
1 September 2014

Viggo Mortensen:
We went through a lot of actors.

David Cronenberg:
This is not the original Viggo.

Viggo and Cronenberg talking about the dangers of filming the fight scenes
Listening in: Cronenberg and Mortensen introduce AHOV at Tiff 2104
14 January 2014

Muddy paths, the grey rampart that advances relentlessly and swallows the sky, the threat of something big, powerful, unstoppable. Rain is the universal music - along with the contribution of the wind through a forest or punishing an open window, the roar of the rivers, the sea.

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

Now the thunder and lightning are multiplying and it's starting to rain. I'm tired, but I think we've shot some good scenes today. I put the Cuervo flag in my backpack, next to that of Real Madrid and the Montreal Canadiens, others that I usually hang wherever I travel for work. An old habit, superstitious things.

The Past Is In Everything
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
19 August 2014

'Ridley Scott's filming George Orwell's Animal Farm and I'm playing the goat...'

Viggo on being asked if he's grown his beard for a new role
BBC Breakfast Television
13 May 2014

You will find all previous Quotables

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © Viggo Mortensen/One World Films/4L Productions/StudioCanal.

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