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Source: KRFY
© Viggo Mortensen.

Our thanks to Mary for sending us the info on the art auction of Viggo items at radiio station KRFY in Sandpoint, Idaho. Proceeds benefit Team Autism. The auction starts on May 6 ... coming up SOON!

Go HERE to check it out. Be sure to check out ALL of the items!!

88.5 KRFY Sandpoint Community Radio and Syringa Cyclery are getting ready to run an online Viggo Mortensen Art Auction

© Viggo Mortensen.
Starting on May 6, 2017, 88.5 KRFY Sandpoint Community Radio and Syringa Cyclery will be auctioning off signed photographic prints (framed and unframed), books and music CD's by Viggo Mortensen.

© KRFY. Images © Viggo Mortensen.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe

Hey, I like to be topical so while the focus is on the Argentinian Film Industry, let's revisit one of Viggo's Argentinian films, Todos Tenemos Un Plan which Viggo not only acted in but also produced. And not only produced, but starred in twice as brothers Augustin and Pedro, in which he was 'on top form - twice over' (Empire Magazine). What's not to love about seeing a double Viggo? Or even triple as we also had Viggo as Augustin pretending to be Pedro…

"I always dreamt of shooting in Argentina. Since I´ve began acting, long before returning to the country after living 25 years out of it, I wanted to return to make a film."

Viggo Mortensen
Soledad Villamil - Viggo Mortensen: Brothers In Arms
By Nazareno Brega - translated by Ollie and Zoe
29 August 2012

What was it that drew you to Viggo. Why was he right for the role?

I think he one of the best actors in the world. In his body of work he plays such a range of different characters that I knew that he could play the two diverse roles in this movie. He is a well travelled and cultured person as well as being sensitive he can be brutal at the same time.

Ana Piterbarg talks Tigre and Viggo with The Fan Carpet's Holly Patrick for Everybody Has a Plan at the 56th LFF
By Holly Patrick
20 October 2012

'Like a lot of unique movies, it took years to get together. Two or three years, probably. I kept working on her and said, "I want to be a producer. I've never done it before, but I want to do it." I wanted to make sure that whatever happened, her vision got to the screen. As a producer, I had a little more say, and I could say, "Well, let me see the script with subtitles and let me correct them." '

Viggo Mortensen: Lay off the pope
By Andrew O'Hehir
20 March 2013

"I like the movie because it's not a clean story. All the characters are frustrated and resentful people."

Viggo Mortensen's Plan
By Viggo Mortensen - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
El Pais Semanal
16 September 2012

"With the entry of Viggo, what wasn't viable became possible,"

Vanessa Ragone, producer.
Local filmmakers use Hollywood stars as lure
By Charles Newbery
15 May 201

Because I was raised here, there are a lot of memories. I look around and the way people speak, talking to the crew each day, it's as if I were with my people, It was very special for me to be able to work in Argentina again and reconnect with the way of life here and with the people.

Viggo Mortensen: "It's my nature to do a lot"
10 July 2012

"The first day, Viggo arrived and hung up a San Lorenzo pennant. That´s the way it started, little by little, and then he brought a pennant from Tigre and later the one from Boca. In the end, he filled the entire wall with jerseys from all the teams from Argentina, but also from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Uruguay. And this has been the only thing that succeeded in uniting everybody."

Javier Godino
Mortensen faces the "mental challenge" of playing both twin brothers in 'Todos tenemos un plan'
By - translated by Ollie, Rio, Sage and Zoe
9 August 2011

'It freed me to be able to act in Spanish, speaking more or less as I normally do. I'm not saying that I speak the same way for Pedro and Agustín. Neither of the two speaks exactly as I do, but I had the measure...I know the accents of Pedro and Agustín; I grew up with those accents. It was something immediate.'

Viggo Mortensen - Todos Tenemos Un Plan Production Notes
By - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
Todos Tenemos Un Plan website (Spain)
July 2012

What's Viggo like to work with, honestly?

He's a little obsessed. He's a little bit of a perfectionist, but then so am I so that's ok!

Ana Piterbarg
Still Waters Run Deep
by Shelley Marsden
Film Juice
27 October 2012

One of the skills he had to learn for the film was beekeeping. 'We got to make honey,' he says, smiling. 'I have one jar left. It's pretty good. What was surprising – and what probably distracted me from the fear of being stung – was the noise. One bee buzzing close to your head is quite loud, but imagine thousands. Your world closes off and you become very focused on what you're doing, because you can't really hear what other people are saying.'

Viggo Mortensen's grand plan
Telegraph Men's Style Magazine
By Sheryl Garratt
26 March 2013

If you, for some reason, want to watch Viggo Mortensen watching Viggo Mortensen take a bath, then, my friend, your luck is in – as the renowned star of The Lord of the Rings franchise turns in one of the finest performances of his career…

Stefan Pape
28 May 2013

... how often do you get to kill yourself in a movie? I assume that's not very often.

Mortensen: (laughs) No, it was fun. What I like doing is to create that grey area of why do each of them do what they do? Why do they react in the way that they do? It's not all explained to you. I think it's a believable way to behave, but it leaves you with some questions

Interview: Viggo Mortensen on Everybody Has a Plan
By Edward Douglas
20 March 2013

'Agustín reaches the true essence of his brother (Pedro) much more now that he´s dead than before, when he was alive. Embodying him in front of everybody, he´s closer to his brother but also closer to himself. Finally he opens his eyes and accepts what he is and where he is and that river of his childhood. That river, that childhood he had left behind.'

Viggo Mortensen
River Mortensen
By Ramón Raboiras - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zoe
September 2012

"I'd always thought I'd love to be able to say I'm part of its movie history,"

Viggo talking about filming in Argentina
'If I think a film's beyond me – that's a good sign'
Imogen Tilden
The Guardian
28 May 2013

You will find all previous Quotables

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © 20th Century Fox/Haddock Films.

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Viggo Mortensen Slams Argentine President In Film Funds Controversy

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Categories: Politics

From the Hollywood Reporter ...


"All you neo-liberal braggarts: quit the bulls--t. Say no to the destruction of Argentine cinema," said the actor, who grew up in the country.

© Mar del Plata Film Festival.
Viggo Mortensen has become embroiled in a spat with the Argentine government after slamming president Mauricio Macri and the culture minister for their alleged intention to cut down public funding for the country's heavily subsidized film industry.

Mortensen, who grew up in Argentina, recorded a video rant attacking the planned cuts."State funding for films in countries like Argentina or France are unique and successful examples of cultural promotion, admired around the world. Argentine cinema finances itself, and makes the country proud. So, Macri and Avelluto, and all you neo-liberal braggarts: quit the bulls**t. Say no to the destruction of Argentine cinema," said the actor in the video.  

Tweeted on Wednesday by the Argentine Actors Guild, the video was yet another episode in an ongoing political dispute between the local film industry and the government, triggered by the decision to fire the president of the Argentine film institute, Alejandro Cacetta, after a controversial and misleading media report was aired last week in the show Animales Sueltos, accusing Cacetta and other film officials of corruption.
Both the TV report and the subsequent decision to fire Cacetta caused a revolt within the industry, resulting in a huge rally held at the Gaumont theater in Buenos Aires where actors, producers, directors, and other film professionals stood by Cacetta and other officials, and accused the government of staging the media-blitz to justify a reform on the public funding system, in order to relief big media companies from the fees they are required to pay, and feed around 60% of the country's Film Promotion Fund. 

"We can't rule out that this may be a new attack from people who believe national cinema is just another merchandise that shouldn't be supported by the State, and seek to disable its legitimate funding mechanisms," said a statement released by the newly-formed Audiovisual Assembly, which gathers most film professional associations. 

Cacetta's defense included statements from Oscar-winning directors Luis Puenzo (The Official Story) and Juan Jose Campanella (The Secret In Their Eyes), as well as Argentine Film Academy president and producer Axel Kuschevatzky (The Clan) and the country's main star Ricardo Darin (Wild Tales, The Summit).

The surprisingly unified reaction of the industry defending Cacetta and demanding Avelluto's resignation forced a response from both the minister and the country's chief of staff Marcos Peña, denying any intention of reducing government film funds and stating their ultimate goal was making the film institute's finances more transparent.  

"The Minister of Culture states there is no intention, neither in this or any Ministry, nor the President's office, to modify the film industry's funding. Its financing and funds are secure," read a statement issued by the Minister on Tuesday at the Federal Culture Council.

Avelluto was nevertheless summoned by the Senate to explain the conflict, while film professionals remain vigilant about a potential Digital Convergence Law that allegedly could change the legal status of media companies to free them from the tax.

The turmoil also reached the Opening Night of the Buenos Aires film festival (BAFICI) which was held on Wednesday night at the Gaumont cinema, where the Audiovisual Assembly held a huge rally outside the theater. 

© The Hollywood Reporter. Images © Mar del Plata Film Festival.

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Viggo Mortensen slams Argentina's Macri over film policies

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
From the Minneapolis Star Tribune ...

And from ...


Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen is joining a protest by Argentine actors against the government's decision to fire the head of the country's film institute.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — In a video posted online, Mortensen also calls center-right President Mauricio Macri a "neoliberal braggard" who seeks to plunder the financial resources of Argentina's thriving film industry. The Danish-American actor lived until age 11 in Argentina, where he learned Spanish and became a fan of the San Lorenzo soccer club.

"Argentina's film pays for itself and is a source of pride for all Argentines," Mortensen said in fluent Spanish in the video, wearing a San Lorenzo T-shirt. "The state support to the film industry in counties like Argentina and France are unique and successful examples of the cultural promotion and are admired worldwide."

A group of actors and members of Argentina's film chamber say the recent firing of INCAA Film Institute President Alejandro Cacetta was part of a plan by Macri to intervene and defund the industry. Argentina's culture minister says Cacetta failed to act against film industry officials who were suspected of corruption during the administration of Macri's left-leaning predecessor, Cristina Fernandez.

Macri's government says there are no plans to cut back funding for Argentina's film industry, which is self-financed through taxes on ticket sales and other costs that are charged to private companies and TV channels.

Mortensen, best known as Aragorn in "The Lord of the Rings" films, returns often to Argentina, where he shot the film "Todos Tenemos un Plan ("Everybody Has a Plan")'' in 2010. He has had roles in dozens of movies, including "Eastern Promises" and "Captain Fantastic," which earned him Oscar nominations for best actor.

Argentina Mortensen

© AP.
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2017 file photo, Viggo Mortensen arrives at the Oscars, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Mortensen is joining a protest by Argentine actors against the government's decision to fire the head of the country's film institute. In a video posted online, Mortensen also calls President Mauricio Macri a "neoliberal braggard" who seeks to plunder Argentina's thriving film industry. The Danish-American actor lived until age 11 in Argentina, where he learned fluent Spanish and returns often to the South American country. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP File)

© Minneapolis Star Tribune/ Images © AP.

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Viggo and the Revolution

Source: Revolution
Found By: Gaby

Our thanks to Gaby for sending us the info on documentary TV mini series The Revolution Televised, narrated by Viggo.

More info here at IMDb and at The Revolution

Be sure to catch the entire series.

© The Revolution Televised.

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