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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic

Unlike say a micro-budgeted indie with enough coin in the backend for post-production, chances are slim that this modestly priced indie with A-list cast which already locked in a distrib in Bleecker Street folks would have been readied for the festival. But, I’m not counting it out just yet. Starring Viggo Mortensen (see set pic above with director on the left), Missi Pyle, Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, George MacKay (check out our interview), Erin Moriarty and Frank Langella, Captain Fantastic is actor Matt Ross’ sophomore effort. It happens to directly follow in the footsteps of the Sundance accepted, under-the-radar, financially more tight budgeted 28 Hotel Rooms (2012) which was preceded by, more than a decade before it, his short film (also a Sundance selection) entitled, The Language of Love (1997). It’ll be a race to the finish line if included.

Gist: After a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father living with his six young kids tries to assimilate back into society.

Production Co./Producers: Electric City Entertainment’s Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof (Mississippi Grind) and ShivHans Pictures’ Shivani Rawat and Nimitt Mankad (Trumbo).

Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Competition and quite possibly, the Premieres category.

U.S. Distributor: Bleecker Street. Entertainment One (international rights)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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