Former Penticton boy in Viggo Mortensen feature film

Local boy on big screen

A former Penticton boy is about to make his debut at the Sundance Film Festival.

Piers Bijvoet, 14, co-stars in Falling alongside Hollywood icons like Viggo Mortensen, Laura Linney, David Cronenberg, and Lance Henriksen. The film is written by, and is the directorial debut of Mortensen.

Bijvoet was born in Penticton and attended Uplands Elementary prior to moving to Toronto at the age of eight. He has previously appeared in commercials, voiceovers, industrial videos, and print ads but Falling is his biggest project so far. 

“Piers Bijvoet received a phone call in February of 2019 with news that he had been cast as Will,” his family said in an email to Castanet. “One month later, Piers was filming in Los Angeles and Toronto.”

The movie follows a conservative father who moves from his rural farm to live with his gay son's family in Los Angeles. Variety Magazine said the film will be “more deeply felt than your typical American debut, Falling is unpretentious and perfectly accessible to mainstream audiences.”

The film has its world premiere on January 31 at Sundance. 

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