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Far From Men Q&A at Maison Française

Source: YouTube.
Found By: Chrissie
Thanks to Chrissie for bringing us this wonderful video posted by Columbia Maison Française from Viggo's appearance there last month.

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'Captain Fantastic' Trailer is Here at Last!

Found By: Argonath
Categories: Captain Fantastic

Our thanks to Argonath for the find!

This movie looks TERRIFIC!!

© Bleecker Street.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

Following the El Punt Avui interview I've decided that it must be time for another poetry Quotable. Although it's not long since the last one, there is always more to say and more quotes to tease out of the archive. A poet long before he was an actor, Viggo takes the 'little things of life' and magically weaves the words that fall 'now and then from clouds, from my eyes to the table, onto my lap or became tangled in horses' manes'.

What inspires you at the moment you write your poems?

The things that most interest me are the everyday things. The normal incidents, the day to day...Everything lies beneath those thoughts. For me, the little things of life are very interesting.

"Poetry is an art that will never disappear."
By Lluis Arcalis and Teresa Marquez translated by Ollie and Zoe
El Punt Avui
1 March 2016

One day, in Tehran, I see a tourist bus parked in front of my hotel. The name written on the side of the bus, I forget you forever, intrigues me. Isn't that a strange name for a transport company? It became the title of one of my books of poems and travel photos...'

Viggo Mortensen: "You must live your contradictions"
by Olivier Cariguel
Le Magazine Litteraire
March 2015

'A teacher gave me the taste for poetry. I like the discipline it imposes, I like the reign of precision and the perfect word.'

Viggo Mortensen: "Travelling is the best anti-war weapon"
By Yetty Hagendorf - translated by Donna Marie
Le Soir (Belgium)
2 February 2015

'Words were everywhere I looked, filling dreams, giving me names for everything. It was all I could do to keep up with them, catch a few as they drifted through me, fell now and then from clouds, from my eyes to the table, onto my lap or became tangled in horses' manes. Most of the words got away, as they usually will, but at night I regularly managed to gather them in bunches.'

Viggo Mortensen
Introduction to Best American Non-Required Reading
Houghton Mifflin

"Poetry is a way to look at life from multiple points of view, a feeling of duplication which even gets more intense if you do it in two languages, like I do."

About Them... "I like a brave woman"
By Salvador Llopart - translated by Ollie, Rio and Zooey
La Vanguardia
14 March 2010

In September I'm going to read T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" at the British Library in London to help celebrate the centennial of this poem... On reading the poem again this morning, I was especially impressed by the way of enduring and containing pain that Eliot's writing has. The pain affects me more, touches me more, by being contained. The poem also has many absurd and somehow funny moments. Like Joyce's novel Ulysses, "The Waste Land" is a puzzle with a thousand mythological and literary references. In no way do I understand it all, but I like how Eliot's poem sounds, the rhythm it has when it's read aloud. Lovely mystery.

The Structure of Fiction
By Viggo Mortensen and Fabián Casas - translated by Ollie and Zoe
26 July 2015

'It is important to protect living poetry, which is also why I participate as often as I can in public readings."

Viggo Mortensen
A Year in the Life of Viggo Mortensen
by Sophie Benamon
Studio Magazine, 2003

….if you´ve written a poem and you read it, you don´t know what will happen. Something changes between my mouth and the eyes and ears of those who are there reading or listening to my words, my little story. Something changes between writing it and pronouncing the words. I don´t know what the reader receives. There´s no net. For that reason, I'm responsible for what I´ve written and for how I read it.

Viggo Mortensen - All of Us are Mestizos
by Carlos Shilling – translated by Ollie, Remolina, Rio and Zoe
November 2010

Viggo Mortensen bares himself in front of the audience. "For me, music and poetry together mean something. When I feel something, I write. When I write, I think of a melody," he confesses at one point during the show. This is the essence of this Solos cycle programmed by the Romea Theatre, getting the protagonist of the event to face the audience. Viggo Mortensen, accompanied by pianist Rafel Plana, had to seduce a packed room that was impatiently waiting for him.

Viggo Mortensen Seduces at the Romea
By Griselda Oliver - translated by Ollie
26 February 2015

Approximately halfway through the performance, silence reigned for a moment and the Master of Ceremonies blurted out "Descanso" [Rest]; the audience broke out in applause and Viggo hurried to make it clear that this wasn't actually a break in the program but that the poem was titled that way.

Viggo Mortensen - Teatre Romea
By Marc - translated by Ollie and Zoe
Another Time, Another Place
23 February 2015

When it's pointed out that people might come to his poetry readings or buy his books because he's a movie star, he nods, accepting this. "Sure, sure - I'm not unaware of that. I know if I announced that I'm going to do a book signing tonight with no advance warning, there will probably be a bunch of people there because of the movie. But some people will come to hear the reading and some people will come because of The Lord of the Rings. I don't care. If they come and hear the poems and they have a reaction pro or con, and there's a connection made between me and them - then who cares?"

The Brain Dane
by Ariel Leve
The Sunday Times

These [Mortensen's] poems seem close to the way his mind works: things tend to be collaged in where they almost fit, or, more precisely, they fit in the only way they can: almost.

Kevin Power
Viggo Mortensen: A Life Tracking Itself

'A lot of people that were here tonight said something about their writing, but were too embarrassed by it. And I'd ask them about what they write and encourage them to pursue it. People sometimes seem to feel that poetry is just this little thing you do privately, like your diary. But in reality it's something that you can work at in many ways, that you can share, that you can take as far as you like.'

Viggo Mortensen at the Midnight Special reading
A Religious Moment Where Something Might Happen
By Scott Thill,

You will find all previous Quotables here.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © CoCo.

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Captain Fantastic screening at Nantucket Film Festival

Source: Nantucket Film Festival.
Found By: Chrissie
Many thanks to Chrissie for bringing news that Captain Fantastic is one of the feature films that will be screening at the Nantucket Film Festival which runs from 22-27 June.

Keep your eye on the festival's site here for forthcoming information about its screening date.

Individual tickets go on sale 20 May.

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