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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic


Still relatively new in the distrib game, Bleecker Street has been keen on including film fest premieres for their individual film release strategies and something tells me that Captain Fantastic could follow suit. Another film item I called a little too early for a 2015 Sundance showing, might be leaning towards a Sundance showing when we factor in that the filmmaker Matt Ross saw his debut film 28 Hotel Rooms receive some TLC from the festival. Recently named to Variety’s Top 10 Directors to Watch List, this stars Viggo Mortensen, Missi Pyle, Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, George MacKay, Erin Moriarty and Frank Langella.

Gist: In the film, a father (Mortensen), devoted to teaching his six children how to live and survive in the deep forests of the Pacific Northwest, is forced to leave his self-created paradise. When confronted with the real world, he begins a journey that challenges his ideas of freedom and what it means to raise a family.

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

Prediction: Premieres category would be the only viable option.

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 splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and 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. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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