Matt Ross’s Captain Fantastic confirmed as Closing Gala of our fifth edition

The Los Cabos International Film Festival will close its fifth edition with the Mexican premiere of Captain Fantastic

The fifth edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival, which will take place on November 9th through 13th, will screen the Mexican premiere of critically acclaimed Captain Fantastic  as its closing gala. The film’s screenwriter and director Matt Ross will be present alongside actress Annalise Basso as our special guests.

The film, which premiered last January in the Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of Ben Cash (played by Viggo Mortensen) who raises his six children in a natural paradise away from civilization, with a strict yet liberal upbringing. However, after his wife’s death (who had previously been admitted in a mental institution due to a bipolarity disorder), Cash and his kids must go back to the real world and face its traditional ideas on family and education, as well as the “American Way Of Life” — all to fulfill his wife’s dying wish.

This story mocks the prejudices that sustain modern societies and defends the right to free ideology in a world of routine and uniformity. It earned screenwriter and director Matt Ross the award for Best Director in Un Certain Regard of Cannes, as well as the Directors to Watch award of the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Best Film award at the Golden Space Needle Awards of the Seattle International Film Festival.

Throughout his career, the actor-turned-director has also played roles in productions like American Psycho (2000), Good Night and Good Luck (2005), The Aviator (2004) and Turn the River (2007), among others, including several TV shows. He also directed the short film The Language of Love.
The film and TV actress, Annalise Basso, has starred in films like Standing Up, which was presented in the 65th edition of Cannes, and in the upcoming Ouija: Origin of Evil.
Captain Fantastic stars Viggo Mortensen (A Perfect Murder, The Lord of the Rings, A History of Violence, The Road, A Dangerous Method),  Frank Langella, Annalise Basso, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Shree Crooks and Kathryn Hahn.
The Los Cabos International Film Festival will continue to gather international cinema’s finest, while growing stronger as a platform in which the Mexican film industry can collaborate with its North American partners.