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Venice: Viggo Mortensen Talks Mastering New Languages

5 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Set during the Algerian war for independence, David Oelhoffen’s Far From Men stars Viggo Mortensen as Daru, a school teacher who must transport a prisoner, Mohamed, played Reda Keteb, to his trial. Daru, a former World War II captain, has done all he can to get away the violence of war, but is pulled right back into it with an assignment he can’t escape. Daru and Mohamed seemingly have nothing in common, and Daru resents the job, but over the course of his mission their relationship mirrors the larger war. To play the role, Mortensen had to rework his French,

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- Ariston Anderson

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The Two Faces Of January – Watch Two New Clips

22 hours ago | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The Two Faces of January, which is available now in iTunes and OnDemand and in theaters September 26th, is a wild and inventive thriller based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst find themselves in a spot of trouble, and Oscar Isaac may be able to lend a hand, but as things escalate into a serious search for the couple, things become… complicated.

The film has released a couple of new clips, and though they don’t exactly reveal a lot insofar as the plot, they certain clue you in to the effort at tension you can expect.

Check them out below, and be sure to catch the trailer (also below) if you haven’t already.


The Two Faces of January Clip 1

The Two Faces of January Clip 2

The Two Faces Of January is a suspense thriller starring Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (The Lord Of The Rings, »

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Venice Review: ‘Far From Men’ Starring Viggo Mortensen And Reda Kateb

1 September 2014 6:11 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Taking the conventions of Western films to different countries, planets, time periods or political situations is hardly new, but when it's done well, it never gets old. The French-language “Far From Men,” aka “Loin des Hommes,” from writer/director David Oelhoffen, which transposes classic Western archetypes to the Algerian Civil War, is a terrific reminder of just that. It does not reinvent the wheel, nor is it a po-mo deconstruction of the Western myth or a pastiche. It is simply a great, traditional Western: the language and cultural details may be different, but the sparse elegance and moral conundrums are familiar and as resonant as ever. Based on Albert Camus’ short story “The Guest” and boasting a fitting yet never clichéd soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and a pair of flawless lead performances from Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb, “Far From Men” is a quietly grand, beautiful film. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Venice 2014: Loin des Hommes (Far from Men) Review

1 September 2014 4:15 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

David Oelhoffen has made only one feature prior to this Algerian tale but he has achieved one of the Venice Film Festival highlights so far.

Based on an Albert Camus short story, The Guest, the film is about reclusive schoolteacher Daru (Viggo Mortensen), born in Algeria to Spanish parents, and the year is 1954 at the onset of the Algerian War. Daru’s school is in the midst of rural Algeria, but the rebellion soon begins to encroach even in this far-flung place. One night Daru is asked to take a prisoner, Mohamed (Reda Kateb), to the authorities in Tiglit. Before they leave, they are ambushed twice, once by the family of the man Mohamed killed, and later by a local French settler who is looking for someone to blame for the slaughter of his livestock. As they head off they face the threat of running into rebels, soldiers and brigands on their journey. »

- Jo-Ann Titmarsh

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Venice 2014: 'Far from Men' review

31 August 2014 4:14 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★Adapted from the Albert Camus short story The Guest, David Oelhoffen's second feature Far from Men (2014), a handsomely shot drama set during the Algerian War of Independence, joined the race for the Golden Lion at Venice 2014. Following his Spanish language Cannes entry Jauja (2014) earlier this year, multi-lingual Viggo Mortensen essays the role of Algerian-born Frenchman Daru, a teacher in an isolated school near the mountains. It is 1954 and the rebellion against French colonialism is in full swing. One day the local policeman turns up on horseback with a prisoner roped behind. Daru must escort the man to the near town where he is to be tried for murdering his cousin.


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Venice Film Festival’s U.S. Presence Subdued, Art Pics Dominate

31 August 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice — The absence of hefty U.S. fare is beginning to be felt as the Venice Festival enters its second stretch.

Many of this year’s really big guns — the Weinstein Co.’s Oscar hopeful “The Imitation Game,” Denzel Washington starrer “The Equalizer,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” — are now firing off at Telluride, Toronto and even, in Anderson and Fincher’s case, the New York Film Festival.

Ethan Hawke starrer “Good Kill,” sold by Voltage Pictures and on paper Hollywood’s biggest indie commercial play at Venice, has still to world preem on the Lido. Given the high costs of opening a film on the Lido, especially for star-studded U.S. movies, however, Venice’s 71st edition raises the question of whether the balance of fest power is shifting to North America.

In the past two decades, Venice has held world premieres for several hundreds of U. »

- John Hopewell

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Venice Film Review: ‘Far From Men’

30 August 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

which stars Viggo Mortensen as a colonial schoolteacher tasked with transporting an Arab farmer accused of killing his cousin to trial. While the film isn’t as tense as “3:10 to Yuma,” nor energetic enough to overcome its niche status, writer-director David Oelhoffen’s idea of approaching this potent two-hander as an Algeria-set horse opera proves as inspired as it is unexpected. By treating the story’s epic High Plateau vistas the way John Ford did Monument Valley, Oelhoffen amplifies the moral concerns facing characters living just beyond the reach of civilization and law.

Whereas some actors have yet to master their native tongue, in this touchingly humane performance, Mortensen convincingly adds French to the already impressive list of languages he can speak onscreen — a list that includes English, Elvish (“The Lord of the Rings”), Danish (“Jauja”), Spanish (“Alatriste”) and Lakota (“Hidalgo”), for those keeping track. Coming from anyone else, »

- Peter Debruge

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'Far From Men' ('Loin des hommes'): Venice Review

30 August 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Viggo Mortensen adds Arabic and French to the languages he’s spoken on screen in Far From Men (Loin des hommes), French director David Oelhoffen’s ambitious but uneven attempt to turn the Albert Camus short story The Guest, set in 1954 Algeria, into a Western. The film offers splendid widescreen vistas of the Atlas Mountains and an impressive, quite minimalistic score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. But the original’s existentialist undertow is mostly lost in shallow characterizations and scenes that perfunctorily tip their hat to genre tropes rather than illuminating the characters of either Mortensen’s schoolteacher or his charge, a local

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- Boyd van Hoeij

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Wamg’s Guide To 100+ Films For Fall / Holiday 2014

29 August 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.

Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.

Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.

We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.

Maps To The StarsSeptember 2014 – Toronto International Film Festival; UK & Ireland September »

- Movie Geeks

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Watch: First 2 Clips From Venice/Tiff Drama 'Far From Men' Starring Viggo Mortensen

29 August 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There is no shortage of serious movies hitting the festival circuit this fall, but only one of them boasts the distinction of being based on the short story "L'Hôte" by Albert Camus. That's right, the philosopher's work is behind the latest from writer/director David Oelhoeffen, and with "Far From Men" hitting both Venice and Tiff in the next couple of weeks, two new clips are here to go with the trailer that landed a week ago. Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb lead this drama, which follows a small town teacher and a dissident who are forced to go on the run together in the midst of the Algerian War. The film is in French and Arabic, and while these clips don't have subtitles, they give a pretty good taste of the atmosphere of the movie. Keep your ears open too, because that score is by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Starred Up’ showcases superb performances from Jack O’Connell & Ben Mendelsohn

28 August 2014 1:31 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Starred Up

Written by Jonathan Asser

Directed by David Mackenzie

USA, 2014

There’s a scene in the first act of the film where the young protagonist Eric, in an effort to gain control of a situation to proclaim his innocence, bites down on a prison guard’s genitals and holds on like a dog with a chew toy. That moment alone does a lot to encapsulate the do-or-die realities of the film’s prison environment, but more importantly showcases the immediate talent of its star Jack O’Connell: Like it or not, he demands your attention and he’s not letting go anytime soon.

The plot revolves around young and violent teenager Eric (Jack O’Connell), who is transferred to an adult prison early before the regular age – a process referred to as being “starred up”- and comes head to head with his inmate father Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) while »

- Dylan Griffin

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San Sebastian reveals Latin American competitors

28 August 2014 5:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Competitive strand will feature 14 films, including Jauja starring Viggo Mortensen.

A total of 14 titles have been selected to compete in Horizontes Latinos at the 62nd San Sebastian Festival (Sept 19-27).

The strand comprises productions from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia that have competed or screneed at international festivals but have yet to be seen in Spain.

The selected films compete for the Horizontes Award, decided by a jury and including a prize of €35,000 ($46,000), of which €10,000 ($13,000) goes to the director of the winning film, and the remaining €25,000 ($33,000) to its distributor in Spain.

Casa Grande

Fellipe Barbosa (Brazil - USA)

Set within Rio’s social elite, a teenage boy struggles to escape his overprotective parents as his family spirals into bankruptcy. This second movie by Brazil’s Fellipe Barbosa was presented in the Official Selection at the Rotterdam Festival.

Ciencias naturales (Natural Sciences)

Matías Lucchesi (Argentina - France)

Presented in the Generation section of the Berlin Festival »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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The Noteworthy: Backing Beijing, "Labour" by Cléo, Kent Jones on Nyff

27 August 2014 11:46 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Edited by Adam Cook

Film festival programmers from around the world are joining in signing a Statement of Support for the Beijing Independent Film Festival:

"As independent film festivals and supporters of independent cinema, we have learned with deep concern that the Chinese government and police authorities have prevented the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival based in Songzhuang, Beijing, from opening last weekend, August 23rd, and detained its organizers Wang Hongwei, Fan Rong, and Li Xianting for several hours. We are also deeply concerned that Biff’s sponsoring organization, the Li Xianting Film Fund, has been raided, and the entirety of its invaluable archives of independent Chinese cinema have reportedly been confiscated.

We call upon the relevant Chinese authorities to permit the Beijing Independent Film Festival to pursue its mission to nurture and exhibit a full range of alternative cinematic voices in China, to allow the festival to operate without interference, »

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Viggo Mortensen's Cannes winner 'Jauja' gets U.S. distribution

25 August 2014 3:20 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Viggo Mortensen-starring ‘Jauja’ finally has U.S. distribution—Cinema Guild has slated the film for an early 2015 release. The movie is set in a Patagonian military outpost during the genocidal campaign against the native Patagonian population in the last 1800s. Mortensen plays a former captain whose teenage daughter falls in love and runs away with a young soldier.

Jauja,’ like all of the other films directed by Lisandro Alonso, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie won the Fipresci in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival earlier this year. It will play at the Toronto »

- Jacob Shamsian

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Vertical takes Us on Out Of The Dark

25 August 2014 2:46 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has taken Us rights to Participant Media’s supernatural thriller starring Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman and has scheduled an early 2015 theatrical release. Bloom handles international sales.

Out Of The Dark is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family embarking on a new life is forced to confront ancient legends and a family secret. Stephen Rea also stars.

Lluís Quílez shot the Spain-Colombia thriller in Colombia and directed from a screenplay by Alex Pastor, David Pastor and Javier Gullón.

Vertical will present the film in association with Participant Media and Image Nation. Out Of The Dark is produced by Apaches Entertainment, Cactus Flower and Fast Producciones in association with Dynamo and Xyz Films.

Belén Atienza, Cristian Conti, Enrique López Lavigne and Andrés Calderón produced and the executive producers are Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Roy Azout and Nick Spicer.

Vertical brokered the deal with Nate Bolotin of Xyz Films and Jeff Ivers for Participant »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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New Trailers: Below, Exists, Whiplash, Men

25 August 2014 2:07 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Several new trailers of note today. Legendary is making one last marketing push on its R-rated, Paris Catacombs-set, found footage horror tale "As Above, So Below" with a new restricted trailer going online ahead of the film's debut on Friday.

Speaking of found footage horror, the trailer is out for "The Blair Witch Project" co-director Eduardo Sanchez's Sasquatch movie "Exists" which hits VOD on October 24th. The film won the SXSW Midnighters Audience Award earlier this year and follows a group of friends camping in the Texas Big Thicket when they come under attack.

A new international trailer for Sundance winner "Whiplash" has gone online and features some of the least nasty cursing that J.K. Simmons' music teacher spits out to a young drummer (Miles Teller) in the film.

Finally there's a new international trailer for "Far From Men," the 1950s Algeria-set tale starring Viggo Mortensen as a »

- Garth Franklin

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Viggo Mortensen’s Cannes Winner ‘Jauja’ Gets U.S. Distribution

25 August 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinema Guild has bought all U.S. distribution rights to writer-director Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” which is produced by and stars Viggo Mortensen.

Jauja” premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Fipresci Award. It’s also an official selection of the Toronto and New York Film Festivals.

Jauja” will open theatrically in early 2015.

The story is set in 1882 at a remote Patagonian military outpost during the a genocidal campaign against the aboriginal population. Mortensen portrays a captain who has come from Denmark with his 15-year-old daughter to take an engineering job with the Argentine army. The daughter falls for a young soldier and they run away together.

All five of Alonso’s films — “Liverpool” (2008), “Fantasma” (2006), “Los Muertos” (2004) and “La Libertad” (2001) — have premiered at Cannes. He has been named this year’s Filmmaker in Residence of the New York Film Festival.

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Hot Venice Trailer: Viggo Mortensen In French-Language ‘Far From Men’

25 August 2014 2:21 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Ushering in the fall festival season, Venice kicks off on Wednesday with a lineup that’s heavy on French titles. Among them, David Oelhoffen’s Far From Men (Loin Des Hommes) will make its world premiere in Competition before heading to Toronto in a Special Presentation berth. Viggo Mortensen stars in the adaptation of a short story by Albert Camus. Set in 1954 Algeria, two very different men are thrown together by a world in turmoil and are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. Mortensen plays a reclusive teacher who must escort Mohamed (Reda Kateb), a villager accused of murder, as they are pursued by vengeful settlers and horsemen seeking summary justice. Mortensen, who’s recently done a fair bit of work in foreign films including this year’s Danish-language Cannes Un Certain Regard pic Jauja and 2012 Argentine crime drama Everybody Has A Plan, here shows off his talent for speaking French. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Watch: Trailer for 'Far from Men' Starring Viggo Mortensen

23 August 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Set to have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, the first trailer for David Oelhoffen's Algerian War drama Far from Men has premiered. The pic stars Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb and also features a score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), which may actually be reason enough for many people to check it out. Here's the official synopsis: Algeria, 1954. While the rebellion rumbles in the valley, two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. In the midst of an icy winter, Daru, a reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder. Pursued by horsemen seeking summary justice and vengeful settlers, the two men decide to confront the unknown. Together, they fight to gain their freedom. Along with the trailer I also »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: First Trailer for Venice/Tiff Drama 'Far From Men' Starring Viggo Mortensen, Scored by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

23 August 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You may have noticed a change in actor Viggo Mortensen in the last decade. His last major studio effort was “A History of Violence” in 2005 but… it was a David Cronenberg project. Aside from mini-major studio projects like The Weinstein Company's "The Road" and Sony Pictures Classics "A Dangerous Method" (both of them still relatively small, limited release pictures), the actor has avoided major studio work, and in recent years, that’s been even more pronounced. Earlier this year, he starred in the spare and minimalist "Jauja," a Danish language film set in Argentina in which no English was spoken (Mortensen produced). Before that, he starred and produced in another off-the-beaten-path picture set in Argentina, “Everybody Has a Plan.” A renaissance man —publisher, poet, musician, photographer and painter— Mortensen even composed his first score for “Jauja” as well. It seems that Mortensen is participating in whatever project he wants, which is a. »

- Edward Davis

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