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Viggo Mortensen on ‘Jauja,’ Producing, Protecting Directors’ Visions

Viggo Mortensen on ‘Jauja,’ Producing, Protecting Directors’ Visions
Viggo Mortensen received a career tribute at Morocco’s Marrakech Film Fest after receiving a similar trib at Argentina’s Mar del Plata two weeks earlier. Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” starring Mortensen, is now a highlight at the 4th Panama Festival.

In “Lord of the Rings,” he protected the Shire and the Fellowship of the Ring. These days, Mortensen is more likely protecting the original visions of some of the world’s most exciting – and challenging – young moviemakers, and bringing them to larger audiences.

Doing so, Mortensen, U.S. born, Argentina raised, New York-bred, of Danish descent, has leveraged wisely his star status and fanboy suzerainties, dazzled with his dominance of not only English and Spanish, but Danish, Amish and Lakota, and played some not exactly super-hero roles, characters who are ineffectual (Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” a Cannes winner), conflicted (David Oelhoffen’s “Far From Men,“ a Venice prize winner
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Argentina’s Ana Piterbarg Readies ‘Alptraum’ (Exclusive)

Argentina’s Ana Piterbarg Readies ‘Alptraum’ (Exclusive)
Mar Del PlataAna Piterbarg, who caught international attention with her debut, Viggo Mortensen starrer “Everybody Has a Plan” – produced by Haddock and Tornasol (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) and distributed by Fox Intl. Productions – has advanced on her second feature, the long-in-gestation and considerably different “Alptraum.”

Shot in black-and-white, sometimes recalling German expressionism, and much more of an art film, though a seemingly accessible one, “Alptraum” does not mean that Piterbarg has given up on larger movies with studio backing or stars. But “Alptraum” allows an outlet for creative exploration that, she argued, will allow her to be a more distinctive director when confronting bigger-budgeted fare.

Produced by Piterbarg and Alejandro Giulani, initiated before “Everybody Has a Plan” but now in post, “Alptraum” is a potential highlight at Mar del Plata’s Work in Progress, the Argentine fest’s industrial highlight that unspools Thursday and Friday. It turns on
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‘Come To My Voice’ Tops Argentina’s Mar del Plata Fest

‘Come To My Voice’ Tops Argentina’s Mar del Plata Fest
Mar Del Plata, Argentina – Huseyin Karabey’s “Come to My Voice” topped the 29th Mar del Plata Fest on Saturday night, winning the Golden Astor for best film in International Competition. Karabey accepted the award from Paul Schrader, International Competition president.

Elsewhere, top plaudits in major sections had the virtue of shining a light on titles that threaten, like “Voice,” to be lost in the big festival title surfeit at a festival which, with hiked attendance, classy international guest master classes, federal government backing, stable management and dates pushed back to just before Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur, has laid the foundations for further growth in the future.

Framed in a bard’s song and set in a Kurdish village, “Voice” tells a Kafkaesque tale of an ageing woman and young granddaughter forced to come up wuth non-existent guns that they can turn into Turkish authorities in the hope of freeing
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Mar del Plata Readies ‘Alptraum,’ ‘Earth, ‘Myu’

Mar del Plata Readies ‘Alptraum,’ ‘Earth, ‘Myu’
Mar Del Plata – Three tales of neurosis, happy or not – “Alptraum,” from Ana Piterbarg (“Everybody Has a Plan”), Daniel Rosenthal’s “To The Center of the Earth” and Balatasar Tokman’s “Looking For Myu” feature in the 29th Mar del Plata’s Work in Progress.

Running Nov. 20 and 21 in three sessions at Argentina’s Mar del Plata Festival, where filmmakers have up to 12 minutes to present their films, currently in post, the Wip reps the major industry event at Mar del Plata, and is dated strategically this year to unspool only three days before Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur.

Jury is made up of Sandro Fiorin, co-head of L.A.-based sales-production company FiGa Films, a key champion of challenging Latin American art films, French producer and former Madrid distributor-exhibitor Mariel Guiot, and producer Pablo Ratto (“Open Wound”).

Piterbarg’s follow-up to Viggo Mortensen-starrer “Everybody Has a Plan,” “Alptraum” turns
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DVD Review - Everybody Has A Plan (2012)

Everybody Has A Plan, 2012

Directed by Ana Piterbarg.

Starring Viggo Mortensen, Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego, and Sofía Gala.

Synopsis:

A man has to pose as his murder-implicated twin brother in rural Argentina.

"I'm seeing double - four Viggo Mortensens!"Everybody Has A Plan is a lot like Twins. Only instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, it's just two Viggo Mortensens. And it's in Spanish. That's right! Because this film is...

Viggo Mortensen!

In!

Viggo Mortensen!

Speaks!

Spanish!

And really rather well, actually. He's an oddly versatile actor. Rather than simply playing largely similar characters throughout his career, as many big name actor are wont to do, he plays largely similar characters in different languages. He speaks no less than seven. English (obviously), Spanish (his dialect of choice here), Italian, Danish, French, Norwegian and Elvish.

It's the Viggo Mortensen show for the first hour. Unfortunately, that makes for a slow,
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Giveaway - Win Everybody Has a Plan on DVD

Starring Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence) and directed by Ana Piterbarg, Everybody Has a Plan is released on DVD here in the UK on September 23rd, and to celebrate we have three copies to give away to our readers courtesy of the fine folk at Metrodome. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...

Everybody Has A Plan tells the story of Agustín (Mortensen), a man desperate to abandon what for him has become, after years of living a frustrating existence in Buenos Aires. After the death of his twin brother, Pedro, Agustín decides to start a new life, adopting the identity of his brother and returning to the mysterious region of the Delta, in the Tigre, where they lived when they were boys. However, shortly after his return, Agustín will find himself unwillingly involved in the dangerous criminal
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Everybody Has a Plan – review

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Set in Buenos Aires and the bleak, exotic Tigre delta area 20 miles to the north, Ana Piterbarg's slow, sombre noir thriller explores the familiar theme of dual identity that's been with us in comic, romantic and tragic forms since Shakespeare's tales of separated twins, Twelfth Night and The Comedy of Errors. Probably the most memorable recent instance is Antonioni's last great movie, The Passenger, in which Jack Nicholson, as a TV reporter at the end of his tether, takes over the identity of a near double who's died in the next room in a Saharan hotel, only to discover the stranger is an arms dealer in trouble with guerrillas.

In Piterbarg's picture, Mortensen (acting in the fluent Spanish he learned during his childhood in Argentina) plays the middle-aged twins, Agustín and Pedro. Agustín, an upright paediatrician living in Buenos Aires,
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The Comedian, Byzantium, The Big Wedding: this week's new film releases

The Comedian | Byzantium | The Big Wedding | Populaire | The Purge | Blood | Everybody Has A Plan | No One Lives | Man To Man | Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

The Comedian

(15) (Tom Shkolnik, 2012, UK) Edward Hogg, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. 79 mins

There's an uncanny degree of naturalism to this downbeat sketch of a lost London soul, confused over his sexuality, his faltering stand-up career and his place in life. It was made with a Dogme-like set of rules encouraging spontaneous improvisation in real locales. The result is somewhere between Mike Leigh and mumblecore, a meandering slice of life that often hits the truth.

Byzantium

(15) (Neil Jordan, 2013, UK/Us/Ire) Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley. 118 mins

There might be little left to say about vampires, but genre veteran Jordan has a better right (and better actors) than most to say it. This tale of two 200-year-old women hiding out in a coastal town is more mature and less gory than most offerings.
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The Comedian, Byzantium, The Big Wedding: this week's new films

The Comedian | Byzantium | The Big Wedding | Populaire | The Purge | Blood | Everybody Has A Plan | No One Lives | Man To Man | Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

The Comedian (15)

(Tom Shkolnik, 2012, UK) Edward Hogg, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. 79 mins

There's an uncanny degree of naturalism to this downbeat sketch of a lost London soul, confused over his sexuality, his faltering stand-up career and his place in life. It was made with a Dogme-like set of rules encouraging spontaneous improvisation in real locales. The result is somewhere between Mike Leigh and mumblecore, a meandering slice of life that often hits the truth.

Byzantium (15)

(Neil Jordan, 2013, UK/Us/Ire) Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley. 118 mins

There might be little left to say about vampires, but genre veteran Jordan has a better right (and better actors) than most to say it. This tale of two 200-year-old women hiding out in a coastal town is more mature and less gory than most offerings.
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Everybody Has a Plan – review

Ana Piterbarg's strange drama has the premise of a high-concept thriller, but the drifting feel of arthouse realism

Ana Piterbarg is an Argentinian director making her feature debut, and her producer and star is Viggo Mortensen, who spent his childhood in Buenos Aires and speaks Spanish. It is a strange film, and you have to let it grow on you: a drama with the premise of a high-concept thriller, but the drifting feel of arthouse realism. Mortensen plays identical twins: Agustín is a wealthy doctor in the city; Pedro is a loser who still lives in the remote Argentinian swampland of their childhood and is mixed up in shady business. Agustín is going through a crisis about his life choices and the existence he is locked into, and this is the moment Pedro chooses to pay his estranged brother a visit with the news that he has terminal cancer.
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Everybody Has a Plan review: Viggo Mortensen stars in leaden thriller

Director: Ana Piterbarg; Screenwriter Ana Piterbarg, Ana Cohan; Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego, Javier Godino, Sofía Gala; Running time: 118 mins; Certificate: 15

Actors who can genuinely rise above subpar material are few and far between, and Viggo Mortensen is one of them. His soulful lead turn as a German scholar-turned-Nazi sympathizer elevated an otherwise shaky stage adaptation in 2008's Good, and his tongue-in-cheek take on Freud was one of the few redeeming features of David Cronenberg's stilted and misjudged A Dangerous Method.

In Everybody Has a Plan, the feature debut from Argentinian director Ana Piterbarg, we're gifted with not one but two Mortensen performances. This, surely, should be a done deal. So why is the end result - with its enticing blend of character study, crime drama and potboiler plotting - such a joyless chore?

Admittedly, the premise is enough to make you nervous. Frustrated Buenos Aires paediatrician
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Viggo Mortensen interview: 'If I think a film's beyond me – that's a good sign'

Viggo Mortensen doesn't just play twins in his new noirish thriller, he also took charge of the subtitles. The actor talks about challenging roles – and why he turned The Hobbit down

Viggo Mortensen is softly spoken, clean-shaven and casually dressed in jeans and a T-shirt. If you saw him in a restaurant, you'd smile at him not because you'd think there's a huge movie star, but because he radiates a gentle integrity and, well, niceness. But he's a disconcerting interviewee. The conversation goes like this. I ask question A, expecting answer B. He listens carefully, considers, and gives me answer E, and then we find ourselves on point K, V, or Z.

Luckily, we do keep returning to Everybody Has a Plan, a film that's close to his heart. Although it's the fourth he's done in Spanish, it's his first Argentinian movie. "It was like going home," says the star,
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Everybody Has a Plan Review

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, taking on the role(s) of identical twins in Ana Piterbarg’s intense, if somewhat unfulfilling drama Everybody Has a Plan.

Set in Argentina, we delve into the life of troubled paediatrician Agustín (Mortensen) who is paid a shock visit from his twin Pedro (Mortensen, again), a beekeeper who has fled his home town following an unsavoury murder case of which he played a part. After revealing he is terminally ill, Agustín assumes his brother’s identity once he has passed away, deciding to travel back home and pick up the pieces. Though able to impersonate Pedro to a tee, adapting to a different way of
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Viggo Mortensen Stars in Far From Men, Peter Dinklage Set for Hop Frog, Carice van Houten Stars in Greta Garbo Biopic and Dylan O’Brien for Glimmer

Check out the latest casting news below: Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) will star in his first French-language role in writer-director David Oelhoffen’s Loin des hommes (Far From Men). Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) will star in Hop Frog, a revenge thriller based on the Edgar Allan Poe story that will be directed by Mark Palansky (Penelope). Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) has landed the lead of Greta Garbo in a biopic for the Swedish screen legend. Dylan O'Brien (Teen Wolf) is reportedly in talks to lead Glimmer, a sci-fi thriller about a group of teens discovering a portal through time and directed by Ringan Ledwidge (Gone). Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. Variety reports that Mortensen will star in Far from Men, a film inspired by the short story “The Host,” one of six in French-Algerian philosopher Albert Camus’ book, Exile and the Kingdom.
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New Posters For ‘Turbo’, ‘Despicable Me 2′, ‘Only God Forgives’, ‘Summer In February’ & ‘Everybody Has A Plan’

We at Thn have gathered together another poster round up for you.

First up is the latest poster for Dreamworks Animation’s Turbo. The film is led by Ryan Reynolds, who voices the title character garden snail suffering a freak accident that might just help him achieve his dream of being fastest snail on the planet. This one races into Us cinemas 17th July and the UK 18th October.

We’ve another animated offering showcased in this one-sheet from the sequel Despicable Me 2. Steve Carell returns as Gru, who is this time recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. It hits UK cinemas 28th June and the Us from the 3rd July.

Only God Forgives reunites Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn and lead Ryan Gosling in a violent thriller centred on drug dealer on the run forced to seek revenge on the
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Viggo Mortensen in the new poster for Everybody Has A Plan

Second poster for Ana Piterbarg's crime drama Everybody Has a Plan starring Viggo Mortensen. Taglined with "The Past Will Hunt You Down," this intriguing film which marks the feature-length directorial debut of Piterbarg (TV's Champions of Life), follows Mortensen's character who assumes the identity of his deceased twin in Argentina. Also known as Todos tenemos un plan, Everybody Has a Plan includes Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego, Javier Godino, Sofia Gala and Oscar Alegre. The film was nominated for three awards by 2012 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina. Mariela Busuievski, Vanessa Ragone and Mortensen produce.
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Exclusive Poster Viggo Mortensen’s Everybody has a Plan

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We’ve been given the first look at the poster for Viggo Mortensen’s latest movie Everybody had a Plan which hits UK cinemas 31st May. It’s directed by Ana Piterbarg and co-stars Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego and Javier Godino.

Everybody Has A Plan tells the story of Agustín (Mortensen), a man desperate to abandon what for him has become, after years of living a frustrating existence in Buenos Aires. After the death of his twin brother, Pedro, Agustín decides to start a new life, adopting the identity of his brother and returning to the mysterious region of the Delta, in the Tigre, where they lived when they were boys. However, shortly after his return, Agustín will find himself unwillingly involved in the dangerous criminal world that was a part of his brother’s life.

As is ever the case, anything that stars Viggo Mortensen is worth watching and
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Everybody Has a Plan Movie Review

Everybody Has a Plan Movie Review
Title: Everybody Has a Plan Director: Ana Piterbarg Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Soledad Villamil, Daniel Fanego, Javier Godino, Sofia Gala Castaglione A good number of actresses, including Penelope Cruz, have worked for years in multiple languages. And while it seems a bit less common with actors, recent James Bond villain Javier Bardem scored a Best Actor Oscar nomination for 2010′s “Biutiful” while speaking in his native tongue. But apart from Kristin Scott Thomas – and recently Will Ferrell, who took up Spanish for the comedy “Casa de Mi Padre” — few native English speakers aim to flex their bilingual skills on the big screen. And that’s a big part of the reason writer-director Ana Piterbarg’s “Everybody Has [ Read More ]

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LatinoBuzz: Viggo Mortensen On Playing Twins, His Love of Argentina, and Soccer

Viggo Mortensen, best known for his roles in Eastern Promises and The Lord of the Rings, is a huge soccer fan. He almost got thrown out of an airport once after loudly celebrating a goal by his favorite Argentinian club team, San Lorenzo. Coincidentally, it’s his love of soccer that brought him to his newest role—playing twins in the Argentinian thriller Everybody Has A Plan.

First time writer-director Ana Piterbarg was taking her son to swimming lessons at the San Lorenzo sports club in Buenos Aires when she ran into Mortensen. She introduced herself and told him about a screenplay she was writing about two twins who were estranged and that took place in the Tigre Delta, a maze of islands not far from Buenos Aires. Mortensen, intrigued, asked her to send him the script. It was the story he had been waiting for. Finally, he could return to the country of his childhood and shoot a film. (Mortensen grew up in Argentina, living there until he was eleven.)

It’s a moody noir film. After the death of his twin brother Augustín (Mortensen) travels back to the islands where he grew up. He hasn’t been back in years. Augustín is trying to escape his frustrating, boring existence as a well-off straight-laced doctor living in Buenos Aires. He decides to take on his brother’s identity, he pretends to be Pedro. As he rides in a boat along the misty, cold river towards his brother’s rickety log cabin he has a run in with some locals. He gets roughed up, gets called a liar, and is told that people are looking for him. Slowly he begins to realize that his brother was wrapped up in something very dangerous but he isn’t quite sure what it is.

LatinoBuzz sat down with Mortensen to talk about the challenges of playing identical twins, his love of Argentina, and what it’s like to support the same soccer team as the pope.

LatinoBuzz: Your family is American, Canadian, and Danish and you were born in New York but grew up in Argentina. What drew your family to South America?

Mortensen: My dad got work down there, working in agriculture, managing farms so we moved when I was an infant and lived there until I was eleven. The first decade of your life is really important, it’s formative. I never lost the feeling for the country, for Argentina and for the language spoken there. I still have that inside me. This is the fourth movie I have shot in Spanish but it’s the first time in Argentina, all the other movies were shot in Spain. I’ve always wanted to make a film in Argentina. I had been looking for the right story, something challenging and interesting. Argentina has a long tradition of producing good movies and producing really good actors and directors. I always hoped I could become part of Argentine film history and with this movie now I am.

LatinoBuzz: Do you identify as Latino, Latin American, or Argentinian? Do you use these terms to describe yourself?

Mortensen: I’m not a big fan of pigeonholing people or labeling people. I just don’t look at things that way but I do feel comfortable in the country. It’s like going home when I go there, every time I go to Argentina. But I also feel that way in other countries like in Denmark where my family is from, where I have spent a lot of time. I guess it’s also part of moving around a lot, being around a lot of different cultures. I have a multicultural background so I tend to have an open mind about things and I find other cultures interesting. I really enjoy my job and part of my job is looking at the world in a way that is different from my own.

LatinoBuzz: What was the process of preparing to play twins like? How is it different from preparing for just one role?

Mortensen: With any character I have played there’s infinite possibilities for how they might behave, depending on who they are talking to or how they react to things. My major concern was how to make two twins who look very similar, in this case identical twins, seem like two distinct people. Often times in other movies when a person is playing twins or playing multiple characters or like Eddie Murphy who sometimes will play the whole cast, sometimes it doesn’t work very well. It seems like a stunt. It’s a push-pull thing. I looked for differences in them, body language, their way of speaking, their posture, their point of view. And I looked for what they have in common. They are two brothers with not much love between them but they have a common memory, they grew up together.

LatinoBuzz: The movie was shot on the islands of the Tigre Delta. What was it like to shoot there? Had you been there before?

Mortensen: I had been there when I was a kid and I enjoyed it. But shooting a movie there, it was technically challenging. It was very cold, it was during the winter. And we had to transport everything by boat, the cast, the crew, the equipment. We had to deal with tide changes, it was tough. But, it ended up being a good idea to shoot in the winter. It really accentuated things, the mood of the story. And the landscape ended up playing an important part.

LatinoBuzz: Alright, one last question. Since you grew up in Argentina you must be a soccer fan. What’s your favorite team?

Mortensen: San Lorenzo, a club team in Argentina.

LatinoBuzz: Oh, like the pope?

Mortensen: Yeah, having the pope support the team is a big help. Everyone outside of Argentina, they know about Boca Juniors, they know about Messi and what a great player he is but they don’t always realize where San Lorenzo is from or even know about the team. So, I have always tried to talk about the team. I even give away lots of team jerseys. But now with the pope, he’s a lifelong unabashed supporter like I am, he’s taken a big load off my shoulders (laughs).

LatinoBuzz: And now you have God on your side!

Mortensen: (laughs) But the flipside of that is if we can’t win now, we’ll never win. San Lorenzo is kind of like the New York Mets. Once in while we have a great run but most of the time we’re just hanging in there. The last time we were champions in the league was 2007 but it doesn’t happen very often. So, when it does it makes it even more sweet.

Todos tenemos un plan (Everybody Has a Plan) opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, March 22.

Written by Juan Caceres and Vanessa Erazo, LatinoBuzz is a weekly feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow @LatinoBuzz on Twitter and Facebook.
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Ana Piterbarg on Everybody Has a Plan

A self-assured feature debut from Argentine writer/director Ana Piterbarg, the moody identity-swap thriller Everyone Has a Plan features a remarkable turn by Viggo Mortensen, working in Spanish, as both Agustín, a preternaturally depressed Buenos Aires physician, and Agustín’s identical twin Pedro, a rural beekeeper who suddenly shows up at Agustín’s, dying of cancer and suggesting euthanasia. Seeking a way out of his staid, bourgeoise existence, defined by his unwillingness to adopt a child with his seemingly long-suffering wife, Agustín chooses to take his brother’s place, relocating to the Tigre delta, an evocative and historically rich backwater where Pedro lived. After assuming the dead …
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