A new film by Viggo Mortensen

John (Viggo Mortensen) lives with his partner, Eric (Terry Chen), and their daughter, Mónica (Gabby Velis), in California, far from the traditional rural life he left behind years ago. John’s father, Willis (Lance Henriksen), a headstrong man from a bygone era, lives alone on the isolated farm where John grew up. Willis’s mind is declining, so John brings him west, hoping that he and his sister, Sarah (Laura Linney), can help their father find a home closer to them. Their best intentions ultimately run up against Willis’s angry refusal to change his way of life in any way.

In his debut as a writer/director, Mortensen explores the fractures and contrasts of a contemporary family. Willis’s abrasive nature, by turns caustic and funny, is aggravated by memory loss, bringing past and present into conflict. He is in the early stages of dementia, and no longer seems able to handle the farm on his own. During his stay at John’s California home, tension builds between Willis and the rest of the family. As he and John confront events that have torn them apart, including their differing recollections of John’s mother, Gwen (Hannah Gross), we embark on a journey from darkness to light, from rage and resentment to acceptance and hard-won grace.

The film stars three-time Golden Globe nominee Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark, Appaloosa), along with Mortensen, international star Sverrir Gudnason (2020 Sundance title Charter, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Borg vs. McEnroe), Hannah Gross (2020 Sundance title Tesla, Joker, “Mindhunter”), Terry Chen (“House of Cards”), and three-time Academy Award® nominee Laura Linney (“Ozark,” Savages, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me).

Production leads on the film include acclaimed cinematographer Marcel Zyskind (Code 46, Country, Two Faces of January, Trishna, Mammut), award-winning production designer Carol Spier (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, The Kindness of Strangers), and multi-nominated costume designer Anne Dixon (The Song of Names, Anne with an E).

FALLING is produced by Daniel Bekerman (The Witch, Percy) of Scythia Films and Chris Curling (The Bookshop, The Last Station) of Zephyr Films together with Mortensen, who previously produced Everyone Has a Plan, Far From Men and Jauja through Perceval Pictures. Executive producers are Peter Touche and Stephen Dailey for Ingenious Media, Danielle Virtue and Brian Hayes Currie and Norman Merry for Lip Sync Productions.

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Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .2 in