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Foxcatcher to get American Express Gala at 58th BFI London Film Festival


Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR tipped movie Foxcatcher will receive its UK Premiere at this year’s London Film Festival.

The film, directed by Bennett Miller, has been named as this year’s American Express Gala.

Based on true events, Foxcatcher tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multimillionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) and two champion wrestlers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and his brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo).

Bennett Miller won the Best Director prize at Cannes for this rich and moving story of brotherly love, misguided loyalty and the corruption and emotional bankruptcy that can accompany great power and wealth.

Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, commented: “We are delighted to be announcing that Foxcatcher will be our 2014 American Express gala presentation, marking the fifth year of our dynamic LFF partnership with one of the year’s most powerful and important films.

“Featuring enthralling performances from its entire cast and directed with unswerving rigour, Foxcatcher not only confirms Bennett Miller as one of the world’s most significant contemporary filmmakers, it powerfully demonstrates the clarity of his vision: get to the truth by creating fiction out of fact.”

Director Bennett Miller added: “I’m thrilled that Foxcatcher will be playing the LFF and I’m thrilled to be attending. I suspect Britons will have a special relationship with this film.”

The 58th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express runs from Wednesday, October 8 to Sunday, October 19, 2014. The full programme for the Festival will be announced on Wednesday, September 3.

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