Watch: Viggo Mortensen in Algerian War-Set 'Far From Men' Trailer
by Alex Billington
August 22, 2014
"Your brothers may be dead or gone, but you're alive!" This looks fantastic! An early trailer has debuted for a film titled Far From Men, starring Viggo Mortensen along with Reda Kateb (seen in A Prophet, Zero Dark Thirty) set during the beginning of the Algerian War with France, in 1954. It's premiering at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals coming up next month, which is why there's a trailer out for it and it looks way better than I was expecting. The story follows the friendship these two men strike up in the midst of a war, and it looks very endearing, beautifully shot and compelling on many levels. Then again, it is Viggo Mortensen and pretty much everything he does turns out pretty good, so who am I kidding - it looks great.
In this gritty tale of survival adapted from a short story by Albert Camus, a reclusive teacher (Mortensen) helps a villager accused of murder (Kateb) escape into the mountains during the Algerian War. From the TIFF guide: "though set in a remote region of Algeria during the country's struggle for independence, Far From Men bears the hallmarks of a classic western. French writer-director David Oelhoffen has expanded Albert Camus's short story 'The Guest' into a lean, bleak survival tale peopled by taciturn, morally uncertain men." Oelhoffen's debut was the 2007 feature In Your Wake, or Nos retrouvailles, and this is his follow-up premiering at Venice and TIFF this year. No other release is set yet, so stay tuned for updates. Thoughts?