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This summer, the quintessentially un-Hollywood Viggo Mortensen stars in a film about a father of six who rejects the world to raise his kids completely off the grid. How much does this character resemble the actor himself? Let’s start with his flip phone.
Viggo Mortensen has come bearing pancake mix. We are curbside at the tiny airport in Syracuse, New York, on a truly dreary day (even by Syracuse standards), and within seconds of hopping into his rented Ford Fusion, I learn two things about him: He’s the kind of guy who picks you up at the airport, and he’s the kind of guy who brings presents. Pancake mix is a delicacy in upstate New York. “Do you like maple syrup?” Because he brought me some of that, too. He’s prepared a gift bag.
“You can smoke in the car,” Mortensen says, gesturing with his own smoldering American Spirit. “There’s an ashtray.” It’s a cardboard cup from the airport Best Western, where he got his coffee this morning, that he has filled with an inch of water. For us.
Is he always this chivalrous?
He smiles. “I try.”
Clooney, I tell him, probably never picks anyone up at airports.
He laughs. “He’s probably a lot busier than I am.”
We’re here to talk about Mortensen’s new movie, a subversive and surprising family drama called Captain Fantastic, and we’re here here, in upstate New York, because Mortensen has taken some time off from his life in Madrid to care for his dying father. To see him to the end, same as he did for his mother, Grace, who passed away a year ago. Grace was a saint. His father, also named Viggo Peter Mortensen, not so much. But you do what you have to do. The old man is in Watertown, an hour and a half from the Syracuse airport, where Mortensen went to high school and where we are headed now.
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Capitol Hill’s Egyptian Theater — or SIFF Cinema Egyptian, as the organization behind the venue likes it to be called — is a hard worker, bringing independent and art house cinema to the neighborhood day in and day out. Starting this week, the old Masonic temple will, again, be part of the annual SIFF Seattle Independent Film Festival, this year 25 days of movies and the people who love them across the city. It’s this mix of showcase spectacle and the steady drumbeat of daily and nightly screenings and events through the year that makes the Egyptian special.
“We love the fact that we’re back at the Egyptian Theater as the operators year round,” festival director and chief curator Carl Spence tells CHS. “It’s a full circle that we’re able to save it as a cinema and keep it going as a working cinema.”
The 2016 SIFF takes the screen starting Friday, May 19th and runs through an epic schedule leading up to this year’s June 12th finale. There are the numbers: 421 films representing 85 countries: 181 features (plus 4 secret films), 75 documentaries, 8 archival films, and 153 shorts. The films include 54 World premieres (29 features, 25 shorts), 56 North American premieres (42 features, 14 shorts), and 27 US premieres (15 features, 12 shorts). And there are the stars. This year, Viggo Mortensen will be the Egyptian June 11th to follow Kevin Bacon (2015) and Laura Dern (2014) as the latest recipients of the festival’s annual Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting.
Viggo Mortensen attends the ‘Captain Fantastic’ premiere during the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2016 in Cannes, France.
Viggo Mortensen attends the ‘Captain Fantastic’ photocall during the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2016 in Cannes, France.
It may sound like a superhero movie and it may be opening in the heart of summer movie season — July 8 to be exact — but Captain Fantastic is anything but.
Instead, this movie is a family drama starring Viggo Mortensen as Ben Cash, a steadfast and strict father of six — though certainly that would qualify him as a superhero to many. Making its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Captain Fantastic apparently lived up to its moniker, securing a spot at this month’s Cannes Film Festival (the only movie from the Park City, Utah fest to make it to the French Riviera this year). Read the rest of this entry »
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— Corina Marie for The Wrap – 2016 Sundance Film Festival
— Henny Garfunkel – 2016 Sundance Film Festival
— Jay L. Clendenin – 2016 Sundance Film Festival
— Matt Sayles – 2016 Sundance Film Festival
— Mark Mann for Deadline – 2016 Sundance Film Festival
— Michael Buckner – 2016 Sundance Film Festival
I added some photos of Viggo Mortensen from various events at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. You can go to the gallery to take a look and enjoy!
— The IMDb Studio In Park City, Utah: Day Three – 2016 Park City
— Indiewire in Conversation at Chase Sapphire on Main
— “Captain Fantastic” Premiere Party At The Acura Studio At Sundance Film Festival 2016 – 2016 Park City
— “Captain Fantastic” Premiere – 2016 Sundance Film Festival
— Applegate’s “Reel Food” Cafe at The Village at the Lift – Day 2 – 2016 Park City