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Lisandro Alonso, a well-known face at Cannes

Source: Clarin
Many thanks to Ollie and Zoe for translating the Lisandro interview from Clarin posted earlier:
© 4L Productions.
by Pablo O. Scholz

No other Argentine filmmaker has Lisandro Alonso's luck. With Jauja, in competition in the section, Un Certain Regard, in the next Cannes Festival, his five films have gone into five different sections in Cannes, starting with La libertad (2001) in the same section that his new film with Viggo Mortensen will be in, and continuing with Los muertos (2004) and Liverpool (2008).

"I want to sincerely congratulate Damián for being in the competition, truly," says Alonso in reference to Damián Szifron's Relatos salvajes that will compete for the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

How did you make contact with Viggo?

I saw him for the first time at the Toronto Festival in 2006 at a Latin American film party. We talked about soccer and Argentina, and with Fabián Casas who shares his passion for San Lorenzo and who co-wrote the script of the film with me. We began to think that he could be the lead character. At first, the character was English, but we switched to Danish when we knew that Viggo had a Danish passport. Jauja is a co-produced film, spoken and filmed in Danish and in Spanish. 80% was filmed in Patagonia, at the Lihué Calel National Park, at Laguna azul [Blue Lagoon], in Río Gallegos. And in Denmark at Lystrup castle, an hour from Copenhagen.

The plot of the film centers on a father and daughter of Danish origin who disembark in Patagonia, Argentina in a not-too-specific time period, "but it could be said to be during the Desert Campaign" confides the 38-year-old Alonso. The girl falls in love with a member of the military escort and runs away and the father goes out looking for her. It's a dream about love, death and how to keep going.

Since the presentation of your first work, La Libertad, in 2001, you are already a regular at Cannes.

Yes, I was lucky enough to present all the films I made in different sections, and now hopefully we can show Jauja in the best of ways, as we want.

As president of the Un Certain Regard jury, there´s Pablo Trapero.

I hope that the film which he and his panel consider the finest, wins. More than the awards, being in Un Certain Regard gives you the possibility of being able to present the movie well, reaching a larger number of possible international territories. Aside from having Viggo as an actor and producer, that in itself draws attention.

How did Mortensen join the production?

Viggo liked the story, and he saw we didn´t have enough structure to address it. He joined in because he backed it and believed it was worth it; for that, I will be eternally grateful. I think he is one of the best producers I've ever had in my entire film history. Hopefully there will be more actors who want to produce, because we need them.

Until now, you haven't worked with professional actors…

I was missing a good part of cinematic learning. He made me work better; he contributes a lot, things that are naturally more difficult for non-actors.

In the cast of Jauja, which will premiere here in September, are the Danish star Ghita Norby and Viilbjork Malling (who plays Mortensen's daughter) and the Argentinians Esteban Bigliardi (Pensé que iba a haber fiesta and Reimon), Diego Román, Adrián Fondari and Mariano Arce.

© Clarin. Images © 4L Productions.

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Images from Loin des Hommes (Far From Men)

Source: One World Films.
Found By: Gargamel
Many thanks to Gargamel for bringing us these first images from Loin des Hommes.

Images © One World Films.

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Happy Easter from Viggo-Works!

Categories: Viggo-Works

© Images © Viggo Image: WENN.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Having looked at GI Jane a couple of weeks ago, I thought that this week we would revisit another film which was expected to launch Viggo's career into the Hollywood A lists – A Perfect Murder. Revolving around the changing relationships of three lead characters, Viggo more than held his own against established stars Douglas and Paltrow, bringing all the ambiguous complexity to the character that we've now come to expect. The film is also an important because Viggo created all the artworks attributed to David Shaw in the film. A combination of photography and paint, they are Viggo's obsession with bringing his own props to a set writ large, and were the springboard to a whole bunch of paintings - leading to Kristine McKenna, in the Intoduction to Viggo's book Recent Forgeries, describing him as 'residing in a paintbox'.

In 'A Perfect Murder' he is - in spite of Michael Douglas's and Gwyneth Paltrow's presence - the star.

Viggo from Hollywood
by Poul Hoi
M/S (Danish magazine), 2001

"Normally I think it's an extreme lack of ideas to make re-makes," Viggo Mortensen says, "but on the other side – when you can make "Hamlet" over and over again why not Hitchcock?"

Nice And Sensitive Movie-Star
By Susanne Johansen - translated by Majken
Berlingske Tidende
10 October 1998

'I played a painter and I needed to have all of this artwork around me, so I asked if I could do some paintings myself. I just went crazy. I couldn't sleep. I did about 45 paintings in two weeks.'

Viggo Mortensen on A Perfect Murder
The Hot New 39-Year-Old
by Dennis Hensley
Movieline magazine, 1998

'All three of the main characters in A Perfect Murder are ambiguous,' he warns. 'At my first meeting with Gwyneth, I took two photographs of her. I used both of them for the main art work in Murder. It helped me to believe in my character.'

Viggo Mortensen
Versatile Viggo
By Louis B Hobson
Calgary Sun
5 June 1998

'...I'm surprised they let me do that, actually. There was just a little time before we were going to start and I just asked, "What if I did this myself? I showed them a couple of small samples and they said sure if I made this bigger and I said OK. So it was one of those things where you're at a job interview and they say can you speak Chinese? Because if you can speak Chinese you've got the job. And, of course, you go, "Yeah sure. You'll water ski or whatever. Then, you just figure you'll figure out how to speak Chinese between now and next Wednesday. Well maybe it's not that extreme... I like to draw and stuff but the reason they used photography in it was because that was something that I did know and I had a certain stock pile of images I could play with. That helped!'

Viggo Mortensen on doing the paintings in A Perfect Murder
The Fire That Fuels an Artist's Heart
by Carnell
Carpe Noctem magazine #15, 1999

Because of his role Mortensen had to face an interesting phenomenon: Would David Shaw's images reflect the artistic feelings of himself, Viggo Mortensen or do they belong to the character of David Shaw?

"I think both are right", answered Mortensen, "I didn't have time to occupy myself too much with this duality. I think that the artwork represents on the one hand my own subconsiousness and on the other hand my ideas on who David is."

Warner Brothers German Press Release
Translated by always smiling

"...there's also some other personal belongings in the movie because, as he says, "my movies are a kind of photo album for me. When I look at them some years from now, they'll reflect my feelings and where I was at that time. The pants I wear are some I found in Denmark. Other belongings are some things I got from my aunt in Jystrup. They're just some small things which make me feel at home and more relaxed," Viggo says.

Viggo Mortensen
Nice And Sensitive Movie-Star
By Susanne Johansen - translated by Majken
Berlingske Tidende
10 October 1998

"Viggo's ability to go into his part is very special. And his demands on himself are unique. For instance, he lived for a long time in his character's shabby apartment in Brooklyn to identify himself with the character."

Producer Arnold Kopelson
Nice And Sensitive Movie-Star
By Susanne Johansen - translated by Majken
Berlingske Tidende
10 October 1998

Is it true that you sang serenades to calm Gwyneth Paltrow before the love scenes in 'A Perfect Murder'?

How do you know that?

She has said that herself.

That is correct. To calm her and create a certain atmosphere of intimacy I did sing a couple of love songs that I learned in Argentina when I was young. I don't know if that ended up scaring her instead.

Viggo from Hollywood
By Poul Høi
M/S Magazine
August 2001

'He's a method actor. He is able to scream loudly if he has to - just watch G.I. Jane. He's an excellent actor, but a shy actor'.

Michael Douglas
By Cindy Pearlman
The Chicago Sun-Times

Q: What surprised you about your other costar, Michael Douglas?

A: Just before Christmas, Michael was singing Christmas songs all day long, but he'd change the lyrics and he'd make the crew sing along, too. It was just goofy. You don't think of him as being that kind of a dorky guy.

Viggo Mortensen
The Hot New 39-Year-Old
By Dennis Hensley
Movieline magazine
August 1998

In the end, the actor who makes the biggest impression is Viggo Mortensen, whose gentle presence seems to be masking some diabolical undercurrents. He's the only character who keeps us guessing throughout, and he manages to steal every scene he appears in by slyly underplaying the role.

Judge Clark Douglas
DVD Verdict
12 June 2012

Mr. Mortensen has the movie's richest role as the duplicitous painter who is coerced into agreeing to murder his lover. In the scenes in which he is supposed to appear sympathetic, he insinuates enough surliness to give his character a disquieting undertone of potential violence. But once David has been established as a rat, the actor shows flashes of pained regret for having to kill a woman he half loves.

Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 5, 1998

But Viggo Mortensen, well heck, now there's an actor with some bite!! If you have yet to hear much about this man, open your ears, and listen wide. This guy can act...and act well goddammit! I have loved almost all of his performances, with his role in THE INDIAN RUNNER and last year's G.I. JANE standing out in my mind, and certainly a force to reckon for all great future character roles. Watch for him...he's hot!

Berge Garabedian
November 2, 1998

Viggo Mortensen undergoes an interesting transformation in his key scene with Douglas; we believe him when he's a nice guy, and we believe him even more when he's not; he doesn't do a big style shift, he simply turns off his people-pleasing face.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-times
June 5, 1998

You will find all previous Quotables here.

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Cannes 2014 : Viggo Mortensen parle de son mystérieux film sélectionné à Un certain regard

Found By: Chrissie
Chrissie brings us this short piece Premiere.
Image Guadalupe Gaona.
© 4L Productions.
A l'occasion d'une interview, qui sera à retrouver sur Premiè autour de la sortie du film, Viggo s'était un peu confié sur son rôle -et aussi sur la musique du film : "Des morceaux que j'ai enregistrés avec le guitariste de Buckethead, il y a 10 ans maintenant, vont être utilisés dans le film de Lisandro Alonso. Deux chansons en fait. C'est un honneur car c'est la première fois qu'il utilise de la musique préexistante dans un de ses films mais c'était aussi la première fois qu'il tournait avec des comédiens professionnels. C'est un très beau film, j'ai vu le résultat et c'est vraiment très beau. Le tournage s'est passé en Argentine, c'est un film d'époque, aux alentours de 1880. C'est la première fois que je joue un personnage danois. Et d'ailleurs, c'est un peu saugrenu : je n'aurais jamais pensé incarner un danois pour la première fois dans un film argentin ! J'incarne un militaire qui va en Argentine avec sa fille et avec elle je parle en danois et le reste du temps, même s'il n'y a pas beaucoup de dialogues, je m'exprime en espagnol avec un fort accent danois… comme mon père ! (rire) ".

© Images © 4L Productions.

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