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Eastern Promises

Canada | 2007 | 101 minutes | David Cronenberg

Viggo Mortensen re-teamed with director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence) to give a daringly violent, emotionally nuanced, and critically praised performance as a bodyguard for a Russian crime family.

June 10, 2016
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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When 14-year old Tatiana dies from complications giving birth, her diary is the only clue as to who she is and where her family is located. Anna (Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive, Birdman), a midwife who has recently lost a child of her own, sees the diary as a way to save the young girl's baby from a life stuck in the foster system, and follows a business card stuck in its pages to a restaurant owned by dangerous Russian mob boss Semyon. After futilely asking him for help locating Tatiana's family's address, she enlists her Ukrainian uncle to translate the diary, discovering Tatiana's horrific exploitation by Semyon. Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen, The Lord of the Rings, A Walk on the Moon), Semyon's chauffeur, is quickly rising through the ranks within the family—mostly for keeping an eye on Semyon's reckless son Kirill—and is sent to negotiate with Anna and retrieve the diary to avoid trouble with the police. The incident sparks a series of brutal confrontations, familial deceit, and bloodthirsty revenge—highlighted in a particularly famous fight scene that features a sauna, a lot of blood, and quite a bit of Viggo. David Cronenberg (Naked Lunch, A History of Violence) directs this grim crime thriller about good and evil, presenting Mortensen in one of his most daringly violent, emotionally nuanced, and critically acclaimed performances.

Director Biography
Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg has directed, written, and produced films for nearly 50 years. In 2014 he published his novel "Consumed."

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Director: David Cronenberg
Principal Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Country: Canada
Year: 2007
Running Time: 101 minutes
Producer: Paul Webster, Robert Lantos
Screenplay: Steve Knight
Cinematographers: Peter Suschitzky
Editors: Ronald Sanders
Music: Howard Shore
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Genie Awards (Best Supporting Actor, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Original Score, Sound, Sound Editing), Vancouver Film Critic Awards (Best Canadian Film, Director of a Canadian Film, Performance by an Actor in a Canadian Film), Spain’s Fotogramas de Plata (Best Foreign Film), Toronto Film Critics Association (Best Male Performance), Golden Satellite Award (Best Actor), Toronto International Film Festival 2007 (Best Picture, People’s Choice Award), British Independent Film Award (Best Actor)
Filmography: Maps to the Stars (2014); Cosmopolis (2012); A Dangerous Method (2011); A History of Violence (2005); Spider (2002); eXistenZ (1999); Crash (1996); M. Butterfly (1993); Naked Lunch (1991); Dead Ringers (1988); The Fly (1986); The Dead Zone (1983); Videodrome (1983); Scanners (1981); The Brood (1979); Fast Company (1979); Rabid (1977); Shivers (1975); Crimes of the Future (1970); Stereo (1969)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Focus Features
International Sales: Focus Features International
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