Viggo Mortensen has been dominating the international film festivals this year. Already his movie The Two Faces of January, made waves at the Berlin film festival in February with an 84% critic approval according to Rotten Tomatoes, and Indiewire reported that Magnolia Pictures made a deal to distribute the movie in the United States.
Then in May, Jauja was released at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard category and managed to claim the FIPRESCI Prize. In September, it moves on promisingly to the Toronto and New York Film Festivals. “Lisandro Alonso has created a work of immense beauty and power that will be studied and talked about and adored for years to come,” Ryan Krivoshey of Cinema Guild told Indiewire, “It’s a film that needs to be seen by as wide an audience as possible and that’s exactly what we intend to do.”
The movie is set in the 1880s during a genocidal war in Patagonia, but you wouldn’t know that from watching the unconventional trailer:
Tomorrow, however, marks the beginning of the Venice Film Festival. Mortensen has yet another film in the festival’s opening line up of French language movies, according to Deadline. The David Oelhoffen directed Far From Men will premiere in Venice and then move on to the Toronto International Film Festival in a Special Presentation berth.
Will Mortensen be in an English language film ever again? The star is currently filming Captain Fantastic, which doesn’t come out until next year. With Steve Zahn, Frank Langella, Kathyrn Hahn, Missi Pyle, and Erin Moriarty, it is sure to be in English, especially since it is set in the Pacific Northwest.
The Two Faces of January, mentioned above, also is in English. According to Magnolia Pictures’s website, Americans can expect it to be released in theaters September 26th, but you can watch it on demand with iTunes starting on Thursday.