Invitation to Viggo Mortensen


Discovered on a worldwide scale thanks to playing Aragorn in the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson), Viggo Mortensen has accumulated striking roles, ranging from the disturbed in A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005), to the poetic in Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross, 2016). The year 2020 signals his directorial debut with Falling, selected at Cannes and premiering at Lumière.


Master class
Meet Viggo Mortensen
Comédie Odéon Sun.11 3:30 pm


The Indian Runner by Sean Penn (1991, 2h07, Prohibited for children under 12)
Two brothers who were once close and have followed quite different trajectories find themselves at a turning point in their lives... Sean Penn's first film as a director, producing a contemporary western inspired by an Indian legend about the passage into adulthood. Viggo Mortensen is remarkable as a Vietnam veteran.
Lumière Institute Sun.11 2:45 pm | UGC Confluence Wed.14 2:15 pm | Pathé Bellecour Fri.16 8:45 pm | Lumière Terreaux Sat.17 8:30 pm (Screening canceled)

A History of Violence by David Cronenberg (2005, 1h35, Prohibited for children under 12)
Following his highly publicized heroic intervention in a robbery, Tom Stall finds himself stalked by a man persuaded he is an old enemy... one of the biggest successes of the filmmaker, with a chilling virtuosity achieved by the character played by Viggo Mortensen.
Villeurbanne Sun.11 7:30 pm | Comœdia Tue.13 10:45 am | Cinéma Opéra Thu.15 8:15 pm | Lumière Bellecour Sat.17 6:30 pm (initially scheduled for 8:30pm, has been moved up and will start at 6:30pm)

Alatriste by Agustín Díaz Yanes (2008, 2h25)
The story takes place in 17th century imperial Spain, between 1622 and 1643, during the reign of Philip IV, penultimate King of the House of Habsburg. Philip IV is a weak and easily manipulated monarch, dominated by a corrupt Court, disconcerted by the intrigues orchestrated by the highly influential Count-Duke of Olivares. The Spanish Empire begins its gradual decline…
Lumière Bellecour Mon.12 3:30 pm

Far from Men by David Oelhoffen (Loin des hommes, 2014, 1h41)
1954. While rebellion rumbles in the valley, two men who are opposites are forced to flee through the Algerian Atlas mountain range... Freely inspired from The Guest by Albert Camus, a film about “otherness” with Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb, with haunting music by Nick Cave and “Bad Seed” Warren Ellis.
Lumière Terreaux Mon.12 2:45 pm

Captain Fantastic by Matt Ross (2016, 2h)
Ben (Viggo Mortensen) lives isolated with his six children in the forest, whom he raises according to alternative values. But a tragic event leads him to question his lifestyle choice... An adventure film of simple and fair beauty, bathed in a folk soundtrack.
UGC Confluence Sun.11 8:30 pm | Lumière Terreaux Sat.17 5:15 pm

Green Book by Peter Farrelly (Green Book, 2018, 2h10)
In 1962, during segregation, Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer from the Bronx, is hired to drive and protect Don Shirley, a renowned black pianist, during a concert tour… A sensitive road movie based on a true story, which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
Comœdia Mon.12 10:45 am | Pathé Bellecour Sat.17 11:15 am

Falling by Viggo Mortensen (2020, 1h52)
A man decides to bring his father home with him, since the latter’s wits are declining. He finds himself confronted with resistance and their stark differences… Viggo Mortensen intensely films the fractures and pain of the family psyche.
Pathé Bellecour Sun.11 5:30 pm | Institut Lumière Mon.12 8:45 pm

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