Producer’s Film Picks for August 2016

Brendan Funtek, a member of the Tacoma Film Club Producers’ Committee provides the following information about our August Discussion Films:
The theme for this month: Once Upon (Sometimes?) a Great Notion
Theatrical Release
Captain Fantastic (2016)
Written and directed by Matt Ross. 119 minutes.
The film stars Viggo Mortensen, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn, Frank Langella and Ann Dowd.
Synopsis: A family sheltered by a strange father is forced to confront the outside world during a necessary road trip after a death in the family. Critic Tim Holland calls it “an onscreen gem that should be remembered come awards season.”
The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year, along with appearing in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Written by Paul Schrader and directed by Peter Weir.
The film stars Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix, Martha Plimpton and Andre Gregory.
Synopsis: Adapted from a Paul Theroux novel, this jungle film is about a patriarchal exile from the U.S. to the Central American rainforest that causes a family to come apart as the father imposes utopian ideals. Critic Karl Williams wrote “There isn’t much onscreen with which an audience might identify, so The Mosquito Coast faced an uphill and losing struggle at the box office, but its superior performances and potent political symbolism make it a worthy companion to other such ‘bungle in the jungle’ films as Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979).”

Land and Freedom (1995)

Written by Jim Allen and directed by Ken Loach. 106 minutes.

The film stars Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Iciar Bollain, Tom Gilroy, Marc Martinez and Frederic Pierrot.

Synopsis: A war drama, Land and Freedom follows an idealistic soldier in the Spanish Civil War who defends socialism at a great cost. Critic Marc Savlov describes it as “A mixed bag, Land and Freedom tries harder than necessary to catch a stormy glimpse of Spain’s defining moment, and in doing so, blinks.”

The film won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 1995 Cannes Festival. Loach has won the Palme d’Or twice at Cannes for The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) and I, Daniel Blake (2016).


Captain Fantastic opens this Friday at the Grand Cinema.
The Mosquito Coast will screen at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, August 6 at the Center for Spiritual Living (CSL), 206 N. J St.

Land and Freedom will screen at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, August 13 at CSL.
The TFC Discussion Night for these three films is Wednesday, August 17 at CSL.

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