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The critically acclaimed ‘Captain Fantastic’ has earned its writer and director Matt Ross a host of awards including a directing prize in Cannes.

The film stars Viggo Mortensen as a father devoted to raising his six children off the grid, giving them both a rigorous intellectual and physical education in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. But when his wife dies, his family is forced back into the real world to attend her funeral.

“I suppose Captain Fantastic is my fantasy of myself as a father, and I wanted to collaborate with a great artist and I see Viggo (Mortensen) as that. He is not just an actor, he is a poet and a painter, a photographer, and he digs deep in what he does in life and I wanted to work with someone like that,” said Matt Ross of his choice as lead actor.

The Dardenne brothers’ latest offering ‘The Unknown Girl’ (‘La Fille Inconnue’) stars Adèle Haenel as a young doctor haunted by the death of an unidentified woman. The film premiered in Cannes where expectations were high following two Palme d’Or for the duo in 1999 and 2005, but where the film didn’t pick up any prizes.

Starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mexican thriller ‘Desierto’ by Jonás Cuarón (who co-wrote Oscar-winning ‘Gravity’ with his father Alfonso) opens this week in the US.

Selected as Mexico’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Oscars, the movie follows a group of Mexican migrants trying to cross the border into the United States, who are literally hunted down by a merciless vigilante who has taken border control into his own racist hands. Released just weeks before the US election, the film deals with a topical political issue after Donald Trump proposed to build a wall at the US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration.

Starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones and France’s Omar Sy, mystery thriller ‘Inferno’ is an adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel of the same name.

It marks the third collaboration between Ron Howard and Tom Hanks after ‘Angels & Demons’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’. Hanks reprises his role as Harvard University professor Robert Langdon, who must race against the clock to stop the spread a global virus that would cause the extinction of the Earth’s population.

Peter Berg’s ‘Deepwater Horizon’, starring Mark Wahlberg, restages the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which caused 11 deaths and the biggest oil spill in history. Described as nighmarishly well directed, the film has opened to both public and critical acclaim both sides of the Atlantic.

And finally, US road movie ‘American Honey’ earned British director Andrea Arnold her third Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year, following wins in 2006 for ‘Red Road’ and 2009 for ‘Fish Tank’.

Starring Sasha Lane, Shia La Beouf and Riley Keough, it tells the story of a free-spirited teenager who leaves her troubled home in the American Midwest and hits the road with a crew of misfits.

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