Wild: Paul Dano’s Directing Debut

Paul Dano is making his directorial debut with Wildlife. He wrote the adapted screenplay with Zoe Kazan and is also a producer on the film.

A critically acclaimed actor, Dano has appeared in films such as Love & Mercy, Swiss Army Man, Youth, 12 Years a Slave, Prisoners, Looper, Ruby Sparks, Being Flynn, Where the Wild Things Are, There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Ballad of Jack and Rose.

Joe, 16, is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana.Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves.

Forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother embark on her own adventure, as she transgresses into an affair with an older man.

Actor Paul Dano, along with co-writer Zoe Kazan, adapts Richard Ford’s novel of the same name.

Carey Mulligan delivers one of her finest performances as a complex woman whose self-determination and self-involvement disrupts the values and expectations of the 1960s nuclear family. With precise details and textures of its specific time and place, Wildlife commits to the viewpoint of a teenage boy observing the gradual dissolution of his parents’ marriage.