Viggo Mortensen’s career is honored by a Spanish festival

Viggo Mortensen's career is honored by a Spanish festival

MADRID (AP) – The career of Viggo Mortensen, Aragorn in the popular trilogy ‘Lord of the Rings’ and a main character in the Academy Award-winning ‘Green Book’, will be honored at the San Sebastian Film Festival this year.

The festival announced on Monday that Mortensen will receive the “Donostia Award” this year. Organizers are currently planning to keep the festival normal, with movie stars flying in from all over the world. Spain has lifted most restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, killing more than 28,000 people in the country.

The Danish-American actor also presents the European premiere of “Falling”, his directorial debut, at the prestigious festival in Northern Spain between September 18-26.

The film closed the Sundance Festival and was selected for the Cannes Festival. It stars Lance Henriksen in the role of an aging father whose world collides with that of his estranged gay son, played by Mortensen himself.

Mortensen, 61, has appeared in about 50 films over a career spanning more than three decades. He has been nominated three times for Oscars – for ‘Eastern Promises’, ‘Captain Fantastic’ and ‘Green Book’, in which he portrays the biased driver of classical pianist Don Shirley, played by Mahershala Ali, on a tour of the Deep. South in the early sixties.

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This story corrected the first name in the last paragraph for Mahershala, not Maershala.

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