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.
The idea of “Captain Fantastic” started for Matt Ross as he began questioning the choices he and his wife were making as parents. From there he wondered what would happen if he were “completely present” in his children’s lives, while noting that modern technology had made that difficult. In making the film Ross also took autobiographical bits from his own life, notably being raised in what he terms as “alternative-living communities” growing up.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. It was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten independent films of 2016 and Viggo Mortensen was nominated for the Golden Globe, the BAFTA Award, and the Academy Award for Best Actor Sources: IMDB, Wikipedia