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'Foxcatcher' premieres in Cannes amid Oscar buzz

With strong Oscar buzz, Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' premieres at Cannes Film Festival

From left, actor Mark Ruffalo, actor Steve Carell and actor Channing Tatum pose for photographers during a photo call for Foxcatcher at the 67th inter...
Actor Channing Tatum, center, smiles after taking photographs of his colleagues as he sits among the photographers during a photo call for Foxcatcher ...
Actor Mark Ruffalo poses for photographers during a photo call for Foxcatcher at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday...
Actors Steve Carell, right, and actor Channing Tatum laugh during a photo call for Foxcatcher at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, souther...
Actor Steve Carell poses for photographers during a photo call for Foxcatcher at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday...
From left, actor Mark Ruffalo, director Bennett Miller, actor Steve Carell and actor Channing Tatum pose for photographers during a photo call for Fox...
Actor Channing Tatum takes a photo during a photo call for Foxcatcher at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 19...

France Cannes Foxcatcher Photo Call

From left, actor Mark Ruffalo, actor Steve Carell and actor Channing Tatum pose for photographers during a photo call for Foxcatcher at the 67th inter...

France Cannes Foxcatcher Photo Call

Actor Channing Tatum, center, smiles after taking photographs of his colleagues as he sits among the photographers during a photo call for Foxcatcher ...

France Cannes Foxcatcher Photo Call

Actor Mark Ruffalo poses for photographers during a photo call for Foxcatcher at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday...

France Cannes Foxcatcher Photo Call

Actors Steve Carell, right, and actor Channing Tatum laugh during a photo call for Foxcatcher at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, souther...

France Cannes Foxcatcher Photo Call

Actor Steve Carell poses for photographers during a photo call for Foxcatcher at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday...

France Cannes Foxcatcher Photo Call

From left, actor Mark Ruffalo, director Bennett Miller, actor Steve Carell and actor Channing Tatum pose for photographers during a photo call for Fox...

France Cannes Foxcatcher Photo Call

Actor Channing Tatum takes a photo during a photo call for Foxcatcher at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Monday, May 19...

CANNES, France (AP) -- Featuring a startlingly dramatic turn from Steve Carell, Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" premiered Monday at the Cannes Film Festival to largely rave reviews and early Oscar predictions.

"Foxcatcher" is based on the true story of Olympic gold medalist wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), who to step out from the shadow of his brother and fellow Olympian, Dave (Mark Ruffalo), moves in with a wealthy benefactor on his Pennsylvania estate. The interest from the millionaire, John du Pont, whom Carell plays with a prosthetic nose and a creepy stillness, develops into a tragic psychological drama.

"It was so far outside of his comfort zone," Miller said of Carell. "I've never seen Steve do anything that would give any material evidence that he could do this. We just chatted and I heard how he thought and was thinking about the character, and I had a vision for it working."

As the two pillars of the movie year, Cannes and the Academy Awards are often distinct epicenters. But they are often tenuously connected through the long Oscar campaigns. Cannes is where many Academy Awards hopefuls debut -- it's where best-picture winner "The Artist" premiered in 2011.

While this year's festival has already seen several films that could become award season players -- including Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner" and Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" -- "Foxcatcher" premiered with larger expectations that it generally met. Miller's first two films -- "Capote" and "Moneyball" -- both received a bundle of Oscar nominations.

Anticipation for the film also increased after its release was postponed so that Miller could spend more time finishing it from last year's award season to this year's. Sony Pictures Classics will release the film November 14.

While the film boasts several fine performances (Tatum has never combined his physical presence with vulnerability better), Carell's dramatic turn is the most eye-catching.

"None of it felt like an acting exercise," said Carell. "It was a different experience altogether and I credit Benedict for that."

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