First Clip from FOXCATCHER Starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum; Plus First Poster [UPDATED]

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In anticipation of its premiere in Cannes Competition next Monday, Sony Pictures Classics has today unveiled the first clip from Bennett Miller’s psychological drama Foxcatcher.

The top-notch cast includes Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall.

Director told Screen Daily why he needed for more time to finish the film:

“It’s been a huge editing process. These films are not made in the normal way. I don’t work from a screenplay. They’re organised in an outline and the scenes we decide to shoot we explore in rehearsal and again on the day with the actors. It makes for a much more complicated editing process… It’s the kind of film that’s very funny until it’s not funny. The absurdity of the characters is funny.”

Foxcatcher will open in limited release on November 14th.

Watch the first clip of the movie below.

FOXCATCHER, a psychological drama directed by Academy Award® nominee Bennett Miller (MONEYBALL) and starring Golden Globe® winner Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Academy Award®nominee Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award® winner Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller, will have its World Premiere on Friday, November 8 as the Opening Weekend Gala. The film was written by E. Max Frye and Academy Award® nominee Dan Futterman. FOXCATCHER tells the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins “coaching” a world-class athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his confidence and drives him into a self-destructive spiral. Based on actual events, FOXCATCHER is a gripping and profoundly American story of fragile men who pinned their hopes for love and redemption on a desperate obsession for greatness that was to end in tragedy.

UPDATE: The film screened last night at the Cannes Film Festival and here’s the snippet from one review along with the first poster.

The Guardian:

It is a gripping film: horrible, scary and desperately sad… The movie is like an agonising drama based on Jerry Seinfeld’s routine about the horror of the silver medal. (“Silver? You’re the No 1 loser.”) And above everything else, it is a piercing insight into toxic mentor-ism, into competitive men and their terrible emotional need to find a father-figure to hate and to disappoint.

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