The appeal of living off-grid, adopting a primitivist lifestyle disconnected from the mainstream
An unconventional family leaves its wilderness home and tries to adapt to the world outside the forests of the Pacific Northwest in Captain Fantastic, a humorous, challenging and ultimately moving drama from writer and director Matt Ross. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife Leslie (Trin Miller) have created an offthe-grid paradise for their family. In a self-sufficient, handcrafted compound, Ben teaches his six children the skills they need to survive in the deep forest, as well as providing them with a rigorous physical and intellectual education. But when a family tragedy forces the Cashes to return to the outside world, Ben’s ideas of what it means to be a parent are challenged and he must confront the price his children are paying for his dream. Written and directed by Matt Ross (28 Hotel Rooms), Captain Fantastic stars Viggo Mortensen (The Lord Of The Rings franchise, Eastern Promises), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, Robot & Frank), George MacKay (“11.22.63,” Pride), Samantha Isler (“Sean Saves the World,” Dig Two Graves), Annalise Basso (Red Road, Ouji 2), Nicholas Hamilton (Strangerland, Time), Shree Crooks (“American Horror Story,” “Ray Donovan”), Charlie Shotwell (Man Down, “The Comedians”), Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers,” Compliance), Erin Moriarty (“Jessica Jones,” “True Detective”), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl, The Artist), with Kathryn Hahn (“Transparent,” Afternoon Delight), and Steve Zahn (War for the Planet of the Apes, Rescue Dawn). The film is produced by Lynette Howell Taylor (Big Eyes, The Place Beyond the Pines), Jamie Patricof (The Place Beyond the Pines, Half Nelson), Shivani Rawat (Trumbo, Danny Collins) and Monica Levinson (Trumbo, Borat). Executive producers are Nimitt Mankad (Trumbo, Danny Collins) and Declan Baldwin (Still Alice, Far From Heaven). Co-producers are Samantha Housman (Alex of Venice, 28 Hotel Rooms), Crystal Powell (The Place Beyond the Pines, 28 Hotel Rooms) and Louise Runge (Alex of Venice, 28 Hotel Rooms). Director of photography is Stéphane Fontaine (Rust and Bone, A Prophet). Production designer is Russell Barnes (Oculus, Cold in July). Editor is Joseph Krings (28 Hotel Rooms, The Mend). Costume designer is Courtney Hoffman (The Hateful Eight, The Boy Next Door). Casting is by Jeanne McCarthy (Foxcatcher, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Original music by Alex Somers (Aloha, We Bought a Zoo). Music supervisor is Chris Douridas (What Maisie Knew, American Beauty). Sound designer is Frank Gaeta (The Descendants, Twilight).