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The line-up for this year’s Alice In The City (Alice nella Citta) – the sidebar dedicated to younger generations at Rome Film Festival (Oct 13-23) – has been revealed.
Now in its 14th edition, the event will present a total of 42 titles across five programmes.
The Competition Young/Adult programme will screen films including Matt Ross’s Captain Fantastic, which premiered in Cannes, Taika Waitit’s Hunt For The Wilderpeople, New Zealand’s highest-grossing local film, and Travis Knight’s Kubo And The Two Strings. A 27-strong jury aged 14-18 will select a winner from the 12-strong line-up.
The Alice Panorama programme will feature ten titles including Bertrand Bonello’s Nocturama [pictured], which recently played at Toronto International Film Festival, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert’s Sundance premiere Swiss Army Man, with Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, and [link=nm »
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
Viggo Mortensen leads an outstanding cast as a grizzled rural eccentric who hits the road with his brood of home-schooled, off-grid children
The actor turned writer-director Matt Ross insists his appropriation of an Elton John album title for his second feature was “subconscious” and entirely accidental. Yet as I watched this strange and wonderful tale of an isolated family living a back-to-nature existence in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, fragments of Bernie Taupin’s sublime lyrics from the 1975 title track of Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy kept drifting through my mind – from the disdain for “cheap easy meals” to the rejection of organised religion (“all this talk of Jesus coming back to see us”) and the assurance that “from here on sonny, it’s a long and lonely climb”.
Most notably, as the off-the-grid lifestyle he has fashioned for his family starts to come apart at the seams, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
“Little Men,” a Brooklyn-set drama about two teens whose friendship is tested by their families’ battle, will be released in France by Version Originale/Condo. The movie world premiered at Berlin in the Generation Kplus section.
“Captain Fantastic,” a Sundance hit which earned Ross the best director prize at Cannes’s Certain Regard, is a gripping family drama starring Viggo Mortensen as a super-dad who has been raising his six children away from civilization in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, and is forced by circumstances to reintegrate society with his family.
Another Sundance player, “Wiener-Dog” is a back comedy following several people who find their lives inspired or changed by a dachshund.
France’s Mars Distribution and »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ira Sachs’ Little Men won big Saturday night, taking the top prize at the Deauville Film Festival. The film, starring Greg Kinnear, bowed at Sundance in January. The jury, headed by former French culture minister Frederic Mitterand, took the unusual step of awarding two second-place prizes, honoring Matt Ross’ Cannes Un Certain Regard directing prize winner Captain Fantastic and Todd Solondz’s Weiner-Dog. Both Ross and Solondz presented their films at the festival earlier in the week. Fantastic also captured the audience award and Weiner-Dog also won the Kheil’s Revelation Prize decided by a separate jury. The jury
- Rhonda Richford
To celebrate the release of Captain Fantastic (cert 15a) in cinemas September 9th, we’re giving you the chance to win one of three exclusive merchandise packs. Each pack includes: T-shirt, Tote bag, Wildflower seeds, Wooden pencil and a ‘Power to the People, Stick it to the Man’ sticker! Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when the family are forced to leave this self-created paradise, they begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he's taught them. Heart-warming, funny and inspiring, Captain Fantastic is written and directed by Matt Ross and also stars George MacKay, Steve Zahn, Frank Langella and Kathryn Hahn. Captain Fantastic opens in cinemas September 9th. To win, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Captain Fantastic, 2016.
Directed by Matt Ross.
In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.
Awash with superheroes, horror revamps, and formulaic rom-coms, the refreshing addition of an original movie to the box office line-up already earns itself some points, even if it’s not that great. Praise be to those that tick the originality and quality boxes, as Captain Fantastic does. This heartfelt indie flick is the kind of gem you recommend to friends, discuss over dinner, and buy yourself a copy of when it comes to the home entertainment release. Full »
- Amie Cranswick
Captain Fantastic 2016
Directed by Matt Ross
A father has moved away from the city and is bringing up his six children single handed in the forest. Their mother is in hospital with an on-going illness. Then a phone call changes everything and the family have to face the disapproval of their grandfather – and defy him by carrying out their mother’s wishes.
It looks so idyllic from the outside. The lush, never-ending pine forest, life in the open air, organic food and none of the restrictions or conventions that go with city life. But this is no playground. The unconventional upbringing that Ben (Viggo Mortensen) has created for his six children is disciplined and demanding, with a strict home schooling timetable and rigorous physical exercise, including rock climbing. He designed it with his wife, when they left their »
- Freda Cooper
Plus: Netflix sets Into The Inferno release; National Board Of Review reveals announcement date; and more…
Top brass at the upcoming fifth Los Cabos International Film Festival said on Tuesday the event will close with the Mexican premiere of Captain Fantastic.
Ross subsequently won best director in Un Certain Regard in Cannes. Bleecker Street holds Us rights.
Los Cabos is scheduled to run in Mexico from November 9-13.
Netflix will premiere Werner Herzog’s Toronto International Film Festival selection Into The Inferno on October 28. The volcano documentary receives its international premiere in Tiff Docs on September 13.The National Board Of Review will announce the recipients of its year-end honours on November 29. As previously announced, the awards will be handed out at the annual gala on January 4, 2017, at Cipriani 42nd Street »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Captain Fantastic kickstarts the award’s season this Autumn, with Matt Ross bringing audiences an engaging, funny and touching drama – and we had the pleasure of meeting the man himself, joined by the film’s leading star, Viggo Mortensen. We discussed how essential it is not to ridicule nor celebrate the lifestyle choices made by the […]
- Stefan Pape
Rob Leane Published Date Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 06:16
On paper, you could argue that the basic components of Captain Fantastic don’t sound like a recipe for cinematic brilliance: Viggo Mortensen plays Ben, a hippy-ish father of six kids, who he has named things like Bodevan, Kielyr and Rellian. He raises them in the woods, home-schooling them using a vast selection of books and training them in the ways of survival using mother nature’s canvas as a classroom.
I was worried going in it’d this this would be a garish and unrealistic film about a super-quirky family with nothing engaging or relatable about them. But, I’m pleased to report that this is one of the finest films I’ve seen a long time. Captain Fantastic has heart, drama, and humour in abundance. Writer-director Matt Ross, with only his second feature, has hit on something truly excellent here. »
Much has been written about just how dismal this year’s summer movies have been, but one of the silver linings in such a poor season has remarkably been indies. Where blockbusters like “The Legend Of Tarzan,” “Warcraft” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” failed, indies such as “The Lobster,” “Cafe Society” and “Love and Friendship” succeeded. And while studios were certainly rolling in cash when it came to “Suicide Squad” and “The Secret Life Of Pets,” critics weren’t exactly impressed. It was a rough season for studio films, but it won’t be a total waste if executives can learn from their mistakes and start course correcting. Below, we look towards the indie world in order to offer up the biggest lessons for studio films.
Read More: IndieWire On Demand: ‘Krisha,’ ‘The Lobster’ And More Great 2016 Indies To Watch On VOD
1) World-Building Needs To Be Organic To The Story (“The Lobster »
- Zack Sharf, Anne Thompson, Kate Erbland, Graham Winfrey, Steve Greene, William Earl and David Ehrlich
“The Infiltrator,” which will be released in France by Arp Selection, turns on the true story of a U.S. customs official who infiltrated the drug trafficking network of Pablo Escobar.
“The Infiltrator” will have its French premiere at the festival, along with David McKenzie’s “Hell or High Water,” James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle,” John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone” and Todd Phillips’s “War Dogs” with Jonah Hill and Bradley Cooper.
Michael Moore will be honored at the festival, along with James Franco and Stanley Tucci. The homage to Moore, which underscores the festival’s willingness to have a greater political undertone than in previous years, will be followed by the French premiere of “Where to Invade Next.”
Spanning 14 films, the competition includes »
- Elsa Keslassy
American Horror Story switches up its spooky theme each year, but there are usually a handful of recurring actors. Series staples like Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, and Sarah Paulson have appeared every season, but creator Ryan Murphy has added more and more actors to his growing stable throughout the years. With the mysterious sixth season on the horizon, we're excited to see what this year's cast will look like this time around. Lady Gaga will be back, which means we can add her to this list once we get an official look at her new character (cross your fingers that it's soon!), as will a handful of actors from Hotel. For now, take a look at the many faces of the American Horror Story cast. We included everyone who has been on multiple seasons, even if they played the same character more than once, like Matt Ross (aka Dr. Charles Montgomery »
- Maggie Pehanick
Richard Hendricks (Emmy nominee Thomas Middleditch), the sheepish, high-strung CEO of Pied Piper, prefers to take his bad news lying down. Confronting a choice between termination and demotion in the season premiere of “Silicon Valley,” he sprawls on the floor, face pressed to the carpet; later, after attempting to grow his compression platform’s number of “daily active users,” he admits defeat by curling up in a bathtub the color of Pepto-Bismol.
On both occasions, he’s comforted by loyal CFO and kindred spirit Donald “Jared” Dunn (the note-perfect Zach Woods), a man of strong ethics and strange social graces, and it’s their relationship that reveals the satire’s soft heart. “Silicon Valley” features mercilessly funny criticism of tech-sector excess, but its sense of humor is built on the belief that the good guys can win. The series accepts Richard’s lament in the season finale—”Every time I »
- Matt Brennan
The tech smart and not so business savvy group of guys are back.
HBO released Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season on Digital HD this week. It is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video, Vudo, Xbox Video, Best Buy’s Cinema Now, Nook, Playstation Video and Verizon Fios.
Here’s the synopsis for the third season:
After last season's shocking ending, which found Pied Piper celebrating legal victory just as Richard (Thomas Middleditch) was ousted as CEO, Season 3 picks up where we left off, with Richard offered the diminished role of Cto and the rest of his team – Erlich (T.J. Miller), Jared (Zach Woods), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) – facing the question of just how far their loyalty extends. With a new no-nonsense CEO hell-bent on transforming everything from Pied Piper's offices to its business agenda, the guys must find a way to triumph »
- Gig Patta
Credit: Erik Simkins / Bleecker Street
Captain Fantastic may sound like the title of comic book movie but this warm, thoughtful film centers on a different kind of hero, a father who has devoted his life to his children. He is indeed a fantastic father, even if his ideas about how to raise his kids is far out of the mainstream, something which comes to the fore when his family faces a life-altering crisis. Captain Fantastic is an emotionally moving film that mixes drama and a bit of humor in a touching story of an unconventional family who have to work through their grief to find a new way to interact with conventional society.
Viggo Mortensen turns in a wonderful performance as that father, Ben Cash. Ben and his wife Leslie (Trin Miller) chose to leave prosperous conventional lives behind to raise their six children in a counter-culture utopia off the grid – way off the grid. »
- Cate Marquis
This Thursday ScreenAnarchy is heading to Korea for the 20th Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, the largest celebration of genre cinema in all of Asia. A grand-scale championing of everything cinematic and fantastic on a normal year, this 20th anniversay edition promises to be bigger and better than ever. On the eve of the festival's opening ceremony, which kicks off with the Asian Premiere of Matt Ross' Captain Fantastic, Shelagh, Pierce and I throw out a few highlights from the 11-day programme that we're excited to catch ourselves, or to recommend to the rest of you. Check out the gallery below: ...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
Chicago – In this year of morally unique relationship films (“Swiss Army Man”), add the recently released “Captain Fantastic” to the mix. The film, written and directed by Matt Ross, is like a fable of unintended consequences, where a father raises his children to live off the ‘grid,’ away from typical 2016 civilization.
The father in the film is Viggo Mortensen (“Eastern Promises”), and the situation complicates itself when the mother of the six children dies, leaving the father no choice but to bring them back into “civilization” to attend the funeral. Writer/director Matt Ross – who as an actor also portrays Gavin Belson on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” – combines anarchist political philosophy with the extreme survival skills of the family to illustrate a point about our modern society, mostly in the sense that despite all our current abilities to technically communicate with one another, we still remain separated.
Matt Ross Directs »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
From director Matt Ross (28 Rooms) comes the new comedy drama Captain Fantastic. Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught them.
The critics are loving Captain Fantastic!
Liz Braun at says The Toronto Sun says:
“Captain Fantastic is an engaging character study about compromise, humility, letting go and love of family. It’s one of the best films you’ll see all year.”
Greg Wakeman at CineBlend raves:
- Movie Geeks
I loved talking to these two! Truth be told, I love interviewing directors of a movie because I.m very interested in the passion of making the film! Writer/director Matt Ross, who won the Un Certain Regard directing award at the Cannes Film Festival where .Captain Fantastic. received a glorious 10-minute standing ovation! Très fantastique!
And Viggo Mortensen is very passionate about the movie! And it shows! He loves the child actors, and you can see the passion in his eyes! He.s very emotional invested in this film. And why not? He gave one of the most layered performances of the year!
Take a look at my in-depth interview with the star and his director for .Captain Fantastic..
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