Source: Brendan Adam-Zwelling


Viggo Mortensen’s 2020 Cannes official selection Falling has scored a raft of additional key deals for HanWay Films in the UK, France, and Latin America heading into this week’s virtual market.

Mortensen’s feature directorial debut and father-son drama has gone to Modern Films in the UK, Metropolitan in France, California Filmes in Latin America, and Pris in Portugal. UTA independent Film Group represents US rights.

“With Falling, Viggo furthers his remarkable talents beyond actor, writer, artist, and musician to directorial debut,” said Modern Films managing director Eve Gabereau, who distributed Mortensen in Jauja in 2015.

Gabereau negotiated the deal with HanWay Films’ Nicole Mackey and said Mortensen elicited “incredible” performances from his cast in Falling, including “a clever cameo from Cronenberg to boot.”

Previously announced sales include Canada (Mongrel), Germany (Prokino), Italy (Bim), Spain (YouPlanet Pictures/ Caramel), Benelux (Splendid), Greece (Odeon), Scandinavia (Nordisk), Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Romania (M2), former Yugoslavia (Discovery), CIS and Baltics (Paradise), Middle East (Frontrow), India (PVR), Japan (Kino Films), Singapore (Shaw), and Turkey (Bir).

Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films, Chris Curling of Zephyr Films and Mortensen of Perceval Pictures produced Falling. The film received MEDIA support.

Mortensen and Lance Henriksen star in the drama about elderly Willis’ tempestuous short stay at the home of his son John’s family while he searches for a place to retire.

The arrival dredges up painful memories as the men confront their past, and differing recollections of John’s mother. Terry Chen, Sverrir Gudnason, Hannah Gross and Laura Linney round out the key cast on Falling, which premiered at Sundance.

HanWay’s virtual market sales slate includes Phillip Noyce’s true-crime romance Peggy Jo starring Lily James, and Kim Mordaunt’s bomb disposal thriller Wildlands starring Matthias Schoenaerts.

Gabrielle Stewart and her team will screen an English dub of Matteo Garrone’s Pinocchio as well as an extensive promo screening, and new footage from Paul Schrader’s thriller The Card Counter.