Bennett Miller, 2014
USA | Format: DCP | 133 minutes
Q&A with director Bennett Miller and actors Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Vanessa Redgrave, and Sienna Miller
Bennett Miller’s quietly intense and meticulously crafted new film deals with the tragic story of billionaire John E. du Pont and the brothers and championship wrestlers Dave and Mark Schultz recruited by du Pont to create a national wrestling team on his family’s sprawling property in Pennsylvania. Miller builds his film detail by detail, and he takes us deep into the rarefied world of the delusional du Pont, a particularly exotic specimen of ensconced all-American old money and privilege. Miller’s film is a powerfully physical experience, and the simmering conflicts between his characters are expressed in their stances, their stillnesses, their physiques, and, most of all, their moves in the wrestling arena. At the core is a trio of perfectly meshed and absolutely stunning performances from Mark Ruffalo as Dave, Channing Tatum as Mark, and an almost unrecognizable Steve Carell as the fatally dissociated du Pont. Foxcatcher offers us a vivid portrait of a side of American life that has never been touched in movies. A Sony Pictures Classics release.
Bennett Miller will discuss the film in one of our free HBO Directors Dialogues on October 7.
October 10 screening sponsored by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Series: NYFF52 Main Slate
Venue: Alice Tully Hall