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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Matt Ross’ Captain Fantastic

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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 IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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