Viggo Mortensen Talks Directing Debut 'Falling'; First Look at Family Drama (Exclusive)

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Viggo Mortensen Talks Directing Debut 'Falling'; First Look at Family Drama (Exclusive)


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Moretensen also stars in the film with Lance Henriksen and Laura Linney.

This week, Viggo Mortensen is heading to London to begin the editing process on Falling, his directorial debut. The film, in which Mortensen stars with Lance Henriksen and Laura Linney (see an exclusive first look above), is about a conservative father who moves from his rural farm to live with his gay son’s family in Los Angeles. The project is a very personal story, as Mortensen reveals in a catch-up with Screen.

“Both of my parents were ill. When my mother passed away, I was flying across the Atlantic after the funeral and I couldn’t sleep, I was remembering things she had said that I hadn’t thought of for years. The more I thought about my mother, the more I also thought about my dad, it became a back and forth between two characters and it became fictional, it wasn’t them anymore,” recalls Mortensen.

“That became the launching pad for a short story. I realised it was very visual, and if it was visual, it was a screenplay. I wrote it in two weeks and that was basically the screenplay we used. The route of it is my mother, and it becomes more about my father as it goes along. My father also passed away, two years after my mother,” he adds.

Alongside his acting work, Mortensen has produced before, including on Ana Piterbarg’s 2012 drama Everybody Has A Plan and Lisandro Alonso’s western Jauja (he also produces Falling, with Daniel Bekerman and Chris Curling). Stepping into the director chair wasn’t daunting, he says, because he could draw on watching “some very good ones [directors]” such as Peter Weir, Jane Campion and David Cronenberg.

Falling shot for 25 days in Canada and four days in California in March and April this year on a “very tight budget”. …

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