Out of all the movies that made the 2016 Cannes Film Festival lineup, Matt Ross’ “Captain Fantastic” had to be one of the most surprising. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where it quickly earned a passionate group of critical followers, but no one really expected the film to be the Sundance entry to make its way to Cannes, especially in the wake of the awards behemoth “The Birth of a Nation.” But the fact that it is heading to the Croisette is further proof at just how smart, delightful and expertly crafted this indie family drama is. It may center around a peculiar family, but its themes resonant deeply with each and every viewer.
The official synopsis reads: “Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father (Viggo Mortensen) devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.”
Already picked up by Bleecker Street, the indie will be released in theaters this summer on July 8. The film is directed by Matt Ross, who currently stars on “Silicon Valley” as tech CEO Gavin Belson, and co-stars Kathryn Hahn and Frank Langella. Check out the exclusive photos below.