Viggo Mortensen will receive a Donostia Award in recognition of his career at the 68th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain, organizers announced Monday.
The star will present his directorial debut Falling, for which he also wrote the screenplay, during the festival. The family drama, which closed the Sundance Festival and is one of those selected for the official Cannes 2020 festival selection, will have its European premiere at San Sebastian.
Falling stars veteran actor Lance Henriksen and Mortensen himself as father and son whose different worlds collide. Produced by the actor’s label, Perceval Pictures, together with Ingenious, Hanway Films, Scythia Films and Zephyr Films, the film is scheduled for an Oct. 2 release in Spain, where it will be distributed by Caramel Films and Youplanet Pictures.
“In the last 35 years, Viggo Mortensen has participated in around 50 films by filmmakers including David Cronenberg, Peter Weir, Jane Campion, Peter Jackson, Gus Van Sant, Brian de Palma, Agustín Díaz Yanes, Ana Piterbarg, Lisandro Alonso, David Oelhoffen, Peter Farrelly and Matt Ross,” the San Sebastian festival said. “He has left his stamp on all of them, no matter what the genre. Not only was he part of the cast of the fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings, where he played the immortal Aragorn, but he has also landed three Academy Award nominations for Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg, 2007), Captain Fantastic (Matt Ross, 2016) and Green Book (Peter Farrelly, 2018).”
The San Sebastian festival will take place from Sept. 18 to Sept. 26.