Tribute to Viggo Mortensen

Viennale show 7 iconic films starring Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn in LORD OF THE RINGS
Viggo Mortensen in A WALK ON THE MOON (
Viggo Mortensen in A WALK ON THE MOON (

Finally a film festival celebrates one of the greatest actors of our time who just won’t fit any mould: Vienna International Film Festival awards a Tribute section to Viggo Mortensen, screening 7 films until Nov6 2014 with the American/Danish artist in them: THE INDIAN RUNNER (Sean Penn, 1991), A WALK ON THE MOON (Tony Goldwyn, 1998), THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (Peter Jackson, 2001), A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (David Cronenberg, 2005), EASTERN PROMISES (David Cronenberg, 2007), THE ROAD (John Hillcoat, 2009) and JAUJA (Lisandro Alonso, 2014). I write “artist”, because Viggo Mortensen is so much more than an actor, although he has starred in countless films since his début in WITNESS in 1985, He makes music (for instance for JAUJA), photographs, paints and writes, produces films and loves art in general. Mortensen was born Oct20 1958 in New York to an US-American mother and a Danish father and studied Politics and Spanish, before he stepped on the theatre stage.

Photograph from Viggo Mortensen's publishing site
Photograph from Viggo Mortensen’s publishing site

Viggo Mortensen speaks 5 languages, he constantly reinvents himself, lives between the USA and Spain, loves horses, and he runs his own publishing house – the site quotes articles in French and Spanish and aphorisms in English – what a delightful way to present a multifaceted world of prose, poetry and (photographic) art to a cosmopolitan audience.

About Elisabeth Schabus 477 Articles
I see, I like, I write ... mostly about cinema and actors, but also about politics or economy. In English, auf Deutsch, på svenska. This ORF trained news journalist (TV, radio), who has also worked in corporate publishing for international brands and written/edited tons of magazines, has become a blogger out of passion.

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