Mortensen to kick off film fest in his NY hometown

Viggo Mortensen (Photo provided via Wikimedia Commons)

WATERTOWN (AP) — Actor Viggo Mortensen will return to his northern New York hometown later this month to kick off a local film festival with a screening of his 2016 movie “Captain Fantastic.”

Organizers of the Snowtown Film Festival say the 58-year-old actor will be in Watertown on Jan. 27 for the screening, which will be preceded by a “flannel-casual” red carpet and followed by a panel session featuring the film’s star.

Mortensen, whose other films include “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “Eastern Promises,” graduated from Watertown High School and St. Lawrence University in northern New York.

He has been nominated for multiple awards for his starring role in “Captain Fantastic,” in which he plays the father of six children faced with suddenly coping with society after being raised off the grid in the Pacific Northwest forests.