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Modern Films Announce That Viggo Mortensen’s Directorial Debut FALLING Starring Lance Henriksen Will Be In cinemas This December 4

16 September 2020


Quietly affecting… an elegant waltz between past and present” - Screen Daily

“A highlight of Lance Henriksen's career” - The Hollywood Reporter

Modern Films are delighted to announce the release of Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut FALLING in UK and Irish cinemas on 4 December 2020, following a World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Starring Lance Henriksen (Alien vs Predator, Terminator), Viggo Mortensen (Green Book, Captain Fantastic, Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and Laura Linney (Ozark, The Roads Not Taken, Sully, Nocturnal Animals), FALLING is a sensitive, beautifully crafted debut from the multi-talented Mortensen, who wrote, directed and scored the film. Rooted in Mortensen’s own upbringing and relationship with his parents, the film explores universal themes of loss, pain, and the need to connect, with a powerhouse performance by Henriksen at its core.

John Petersen (Viggo Mortensen) lives with his partner Eric (Terry Chen) and their adopted daughter Monica in Southern California. His father Willis (Lance Henriksen/Sverrir Gudnason) is a farmer whose attitudes and behaviour belong to a far more traditional era and family model. When Willis travels to Los Angeles for an indefinite stay with John's family in order to search for a place to retire, these two very different worlds collide.

As father and son confront the events that have torn them apart, their 40-year-relationship is explored from dark to light, from rage and jealousy through to acceptance, laughter, and hard-won grace.


About Modern Films
Modern Films is a London-based, female-led film production, distribution and event cinema agency. Established in 2017 with a mandate to work on stories that address social issues head-on through film and media content, they launched with the Event Cinema release of Manifesto starring Cate Blanchett and with Executive Production on the BAFTA-winning I am Not a Witch. They focus on A-list festival competitors, critically acclaimed titles and international award winners. Highlights of their slate include Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro, Iciar Bollain’s Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story and documentary Shooting the Mafia by Kim Longinotto, as well as this year's The Perfect Candidate by Haifaa Al Mansour, White Riot by Rubika Shah, about the Rock Against Racism movement in the 1970s and that won Best Documentary at the BFI London Film Festival and Zeina Durra's Luxor starring Andrea Riseborough. They have developed a virtual screening platform that links up with theatrical exhibition as a direct response to the COVID-19 lockdown and cinema closures. Winner Highly Commended Distributor of the Year at the Screen International Awards.

1 Comment

  1. John Gardner
    17 September 2020 at 11:42 pm — Reply

    Looking forward to this Viggo film especially because I grew up (20 years earlier) in Watertown NY and I knew Viggo’s mom and granddad (my uncle Walt). So I have followed his films and life including poetry and
    music ( Buckethead). What a talent !!

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