The David and Viggo Show

Source: Toronto Star

TIFF Press Conference 7.17.07
TIFF Press Conference 7.17.07
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Two years ago, director David Cronenberg and actor Viggo Mortensen had a huge triumph with the world premiere of A History of Violence at the Toronto International Film Festival.

And when they stroll down the red carpet at Roy Thomson Hall before dusk on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the 2007 festival, you could be pardoned for having a flash of déjà vu.

Yes, it's another Toronto International Film Festival; another world premiere; another night at Roy Thomson Hall; and, once again, the Star has learned, Cronenberg will occupy what some regard as the most desirable slot in the festival: the early gala on the first Saturday.

This time, the movie is called Eastern Promises, and unlike their last co-venture, Cronenberg and Mortensen are collaborating on a movie produced by a Canadian by the name of Robert Lantos, rather than a U.S. producer.

This time, instead of telling a story about leading a double life in Middle America, they have a tale about Russian mobsters in London.

But as was the case with A History of Violence, the new movie is considered a bit too shocking, edgy and downright disturbing to be selected for the opening night gala.

(That honour, as previously announced, goes to another Lantos production, Fugitive Pieces).

Cronenberg and Mortensen popped up in person at yesterday's crowded announcement bash at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, which put the spotlight on an impressive lineup of Canadian movies to be screened at this year's festival.

While filming, Cronenberg noted, his script about Russians conspiring in deadly plots in London suddenly became not just a hot topic but, as Cronenberg put it, "radioactive hot," converging with sensational headlines about assassination.

According to Mortensen, making A History of Violence seems, in retrospect, like a rehearsal for doing Eastern Promises. "By now, David and I have a shorthand way of working. We know the good, the bad and the ugly about each other."
Last edited: 15 August 2007 15:29:01