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Viggo Mortensen to Receive San Sebastian Film Festival Career Honor


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The star will present his directorial debut 'Falling' during the September fest in Spain.

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Image Caitlin Cronenberg.
© Hanway Films.
Viggo Mortensen will receive a Donostia Award in recognition of his career at the 68th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain, organizers unveiled on Monday.

The star will present his directorial debut Falling, for which he also wrote the screenplay, during the festival. The family drama, which closed the Sundance Festival and is one of those selected for the official Cannes 2020 festival selection, will have its European premiere at San Sebastian.

Falling stars veteran actor Lance Henriksen and Mortensen himself as father and son whose different worlds collide. Produced by the actor's label, Perceval Pictures, together with Ingenious, Hanway Films, Scythia Films and Zephyr Films, the film is scheduled for an Oct. 2 release in Spain, where it will be distributed by Caramel Films and Youplanet Pictures.

"In the last 35 years, Viggo Mortensen has participated in around 50 films by filmmakers including David Cronenberg, Peter Weir, Jane Campion, Peter Jackson, Gus Van Sant, Brian de Palma, Agustín Díaz Yanes, Ana Piterbarg, Lisandro Alonso, David Oelhoffen, Peter Farrelly and Matt Ross," the San Sebastian festival said. "He has left his stamp on all of them, no matter what the genre. Not only was he part of the cast of the fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings, where he played the immortal Aragorn, but he has also landed three Academy Award nominations for Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg, 2007), Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross, 2016) and Green Book (Peter Farrelly, 2018)."

The San Sebastian festival will take place Sept. 18-Sept. 26.

© The Hollywood Reporter. Images © Hanway Films.

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Cannes official selection ‘Falling’ scores UK, France, LatAm deals


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Viggo Mortensen’s 2020 Cannes official selection Falling has scored a raft of additional key deals for HanWay Films in the UK, France, and Latin America heading into this week’s virtual market.

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Image Caitlin Cronenberg.
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Mortensen's feature directorial debut and father-son drama has gone to Modern Films in the UK, Metropolitan in France, California Filmes in Latin America, and Pris in Portugal. UTA independent Film Group represents US rights.

"With Falling, Viggo furthers his remarkable talents beyond actor, writer, artist, and musician to directorial debut," said Modern Films managing director Eve Gabereau, who distributed Mortensen in Jauja in 2015.

Gabereau negotiated the deal with HanWay Films' Nicole Mackey and said Mortensen elicited "incredible" performances from his cast in Falling, including "a clever cameo from Cronenberg to boot."

Previously announced sales include Canada (Mongrel), Germany (Prokino), Italy (Bim), Spain (YouPlanet Pictures/ Caramel), Benelux (Splendid), Greece (Odeon), Scandinavia (Nordisk), Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania (M2), former Yugoslavia (Discovery), CIS and Baltics (Paradise), Middle East (Frontrow), India (PVR), Japan (Kino Films), Singapore (Shaw), and Turkey (Bir).

Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films, Chris Curling of Zephyr Films and Mortensen of Perceval Pictures produced Falling. The film received MEDIA support.

Mortensen and Lance Henriksen star in the drama about elderly Willis' tempestuous short stay at the home of his son John's family while he searches for a place to retire.

The arrival dredges up painful memories as the men confront their past, and differing recollections of John's mother. Terry Chen, Sverrir Gudnason, Hannah Gross and Laura Linney round out the key cast on Falling, which premiered at Sundance.

HanWay's virtual market sales slate includes Phillip Noyce's true-crime romance Peggy Jo starring Lily James, and Kim Mordaunt's bomb disposal thriller Wildlands starring Matthias Schoenaerts.

Gabrielle Stewart and her team will screen an English dub of Matteo Garrone's Pinocchio as well as an extensive promo screening, and new footage from Paul Schrader's thriller The Card Counter.

© SCREENDAILY. Images © Hanway Films.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo


Found By: Iolanthe

Viggo’s Directorial and Scriptwriting debut, Falling has finally premiered at Sundance and, of course, we are hoping that this will be the start of many Festival showings and a good run out there in Cinemaland. I’ve gathered together a mixture of reviews and comments (I was really hoping for more reviews!) for a Falling Quotable round-up, hopefully the first of many.





Mortensen says that even though his father, mother, grandparents and uncle all suffered from dementia, and that the film is dedicated to his two other brothers, this is not an autobiographical story but one that sprung out of many places and it just suddenly all came to him, like a dream, on that plane. It finally became a story of a fictional family that shares traits of his own. “A few days after I got home I said I’m just going to look at this thing because I ended up writing a short story sort of. On the plane I couldn’t sleep so I just kept writing and then it just became something that had nothing to do with my family but this story.”

Viggo Mortensen On ‘Falling’ Into A New Phase Of His Career With Directing Debut Set To World Premiere At Sundance
By Pete Hammond
Deadline.com
23 January 2020




He started sculpting a story about finding common ground with someone you disagree with.

“As I was writing the screenplay, I was thinking about what’s actually happening in the country,” he said. “How do you deal with hate speech or with someone who just doesn’t accept, won’t even listen to you, doesn’t want to know anything about what you perhaps stand for, what you identify as — all those kinds of things.”

‘Falling’: Lance Henriksen Says Viggo Mortensen’s Feature Debut Made Him Realize The World Is Changing – Sundance Studio
ByDino-Ray Ramos
Deadline.com
28 January 2020




“I would’ve preferred not to be in the movie, I have to say that, but to get it made one of the conditions was I had to act in it. I’ve been around for a long time as an actor, but if you haven’t directed a movie you haven’t directed a movie – I’m unproven and I’m lucky to get a chance.”

Viggo Mortensen talks directing debut 'Falling'; first look at family drama
Tom Grater
Screen Daily
15 May 2019




[Falling] gives erstwhile action star Henriksen (Bishop in “Aliens”) an unprecedented opportunity to actually act…It took long enough for someone to entrust a part as tricky as this to Henriksen, whose plunge pays off in Mortensen’s sensitive hands.

Peter DeBruge
Variety
24 January 2020




As a director, Mortensen doesn't make things easy for himself: We figure that a film like this is headed for some kind of redemption, but Willis seems completely irredeemable for much of the film. But Mortensen is too smart to go for an easy reconciliation, instead exploring shades of resignation and acceptance, particularly in the wake of an argument that can stand as a father/son version of the one in "Marriage Story" — primal and fearsome, it goes to places so dark that all the characters can do afterwards it attempt to crawl out of the wreckage.

"Falling" is a finely drawn character drama, as you might expect from much of Mortensen's acting career, and a film that pays attention to small details that bring these people to life.

Steve Pond
The Wrap
24 January 2020




Having quietly spent years augmenting his acting work with prodigious output in music, poetry and visual arts (not to mention founding a publishing house that champions other artists' work), Viggo Mortensen finally takes the director's chair in Falling, a masterful family drama taking a compassionate view of a father whose faults are impossible to ignore…

…Falling doesn't transform its emotional landscape into a simple question of rejection or forgiveness. It's comfortable knowing that meanness and affection can exist in the same person, and that tolerance, even when it only flows in one direction, benefits both giver and recipient.

John DeFour
Hollywood Reporter
24 January 2020




“Falling” is unpretentious and perfectly accessible to mainstream audiences. Mortensen’s patience, his way with actors and his trust in our intelligence are not unlike late-career Eastwood, which isn’t a bad place to be so early in one’s directing career.

Peter DeBruge
Variety
24 January 2020




Since discovering his sexuality, his father Willis has questioned the truthfulness of John’s reality in such insensitive ways that it’s hard to picture why any son would stick around to help – blood or not. But in that regard, Mortensen delivers such a defining performance that is so capable of impacting many whose experience is similar. His character’s reservations is matched with a nuanced delivery of emotion that feels as passionate as it is affecting.

Part of what makes Falling work for me is its dedication to not hide the ugly truth in what could’ve been a story that settled for stereotypical character growth and a happy ending. But if truth be told, it’s also what makes Mortensen’s Falling a difficult watch.

Brittany Witherspoon
Popculture Reviews
24 January 2020




Viggo gives a beautifully understated performance here, letting Henriksen (whom it’s nice to see in a really meaty role, again) carry the load and dive into Willis’ damaged psyche, giving a riveting performance, which allows the supporting cast to do just that: support a pair of great actors doing what they do.

Vsmoviepodcast
28 January 2020




In Mortensen’s most notable directorial flare, Falling flashes back and forth between John’s childhood on the farm and his present-day life in California as a well-to-do suburban husband to his Chinese-American partner, Eric, and father to their daughter, Monica (Gabby Velis). There’s nothing novel about interwoven timelines, but Mortensen’s vision of how the two interact is poignant and meditative.

Luke Hicks
Film School Rejects



In many ways Falling is a tough film to watch, as we’re essentially voyeurs, watching horrible family dysfunction without it ever really amounting to much, other than the fact that there’s some grace to forgiveness even if its undeserved. One can’t fault the craft or the acting, with Mortensen low-key as the kindly son forced to keep in his simmering rage… One thing FALLING does that’s terrific is that it gives Lance Henriksen a showcase role. One of the best in the biz, Henriksen’s been perennially underrated ever since the eighties, and approaching eighty he’s as good as he ever was, sinking his teeth into the role with vigor…

…It’s a passionate debut for Mortensen but it’s not an easy watch.

Chris Bumbray
JoBlo.com
24 January 2020




It's a confident, assured directorial effort by Mortensen, who breezes through the various time periods (with Borg/McEnroe star Sverrir Gudnason as young Willis) with ease…

…Falling makes the case that it is never too late to move beyond the hurt and chart a new course. It's a passionate, heartfelt debut for Mortensen, and a film many will relate to because of how tough the material is to watch.

Travis Hopson
Punch Drunk Critics
24 January 2020




The film does a super solid job of balancing the multiple facets of John’s life. Be it his gay marriage, his Mexican speaking daughter, or his time spent serving his country. Rather than belabor any one point over the other, Mortensen peppers in each of these dynamics to perfection while still delivering the importance and power of each of these attributes. That is to say, it’s not a ‘gay’ movie, it’s not a ‘political’ movie, it’s not an ‘Alzheimer’s’ movie. No, it’s a movie about a complicated, quiet, and modern-day life… Mortensen would tell the audience at the film’s closing night Q&A that “there’s no shame, no matter how hard it is, in forgiving and accepting. No matter how much you might hate them. You’ve only got the 1, or the 2. When they are gone, they are gone.”

“Falling” is both a story about a trying child/parent relationship, and it’s a film that you should watch.

Toni Gonzales
Awards Circuit
11 February 2020




The ending of Falling is ambiguous enough to allow the audience to decide where Willis ends up, and I’m okay with that. Everyone will bring their own experiences, opinions, biases, and baggage into the theater. What they bring out is up to them.

VSA Staff Writer
Vsmoviepodcast
28 January 2020




"We worked really hard. It's been a long road," he said. "You never know how people are going to look at a movie. You just have to make it and be faithful to what you're seeing, and hope other people like it. As William Goldman said, 'nobody knows anything.'"

Viggo Mortensen On ‘Falling’ Into A New Phase Of His Career With Directing Debut Set To World Premiere At Sundance
By Pete Hammond
Deadline.com
23 January 2020




You will find all previous Quotables here.

© Viggo-Works/Iolanthe. Images © HanWay Films/Perceval Pictures.


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