The film was written and directed by Matt Ross (“28 Hotel Rooms”), who was recently named one of Variety‘s 10 Directors to Watch.
Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen said, “Seeing the reaction to the film at Sundance, including three standing ovations at the Eccles, we knew this film had to play in the summertime when audiences are looking for this kind of crowd-pleaser.”
Mortensen portrays a father living in the forests of the Pacific Northwest who’s devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education. After his wife commits suicide, he’s forced to leave his paradise and enter the real world, beginning a journey that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent.
Variety‘s Chief International Film Critic Peter Debruge described the film as “emotionally gripping” in his review.
The movie is produced by Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof, Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson. It also stars Frank Langella, George MacKay, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Ann Dowd, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso, Nicholas Hamilton, Charlie Shotwell and Shree Crooks.
Two other films have been set for a wide release on July 8 — Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” and Fox’s “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.”