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Viggo Mortensen '80 's film A History of Violence, which received rave reviews and audience acclaim, received a Golden Globe nomination for best picture, after getting positive attention at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Mortensen, a veteran of some 30 feature films, stars in the David Cronenberg-directed drama A History of Violence. The film is described as the story of "An average family thrust into the spotlight after the father (Mortensen) commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner."

Viggo Mortensen's next films are, Alatriste, and Teresa, about Saint Teresa.

When the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery hosted an exhibition of his photographs in 2003, government major Viggo Mortensen visited St. Lawrence, gave a reading from some of his published works, introduced an uncut version of the first Lord of the Rings movie, signed copies of his books of photographs and met thousands of students, faculty, staff and community fans.

View the photo album of his 2003 campus visit.

Read the story we published in our own magazine about Viggo's visit.
"That’s the thing about a liberal arts education and about a campus like this one’re in an environment that allows you to take the time so that by the time you’re out of here, you’ve found some sort of focus."-V. Mortensen

Find out more about A History of Violence on New Line Cinema's official Web site.

Read an interview with Viggo from Time magazine:,9171,1109343,00.html

Internet Movie Database on History of Violence (reviews, details, etc.):

Internet Movie Database on Viggo:

Viggo's own Perceval Press:


A November 1, 2006, story from the New York Times about Viggo's "other" career as an indpendent publisher.

Posted: June 30, 2005, Updated November 3, 2006


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