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Foxcatcher to make North American debut at Toronto Film Festival in September

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Amateur wrestling fans in the U.S. eager to catch “Foxcatcher” before it arrives in U.S. theaters November 14, make plans to cross over the border to Canada, as the much-anticipated movie about Mark and Dave Schultz will be making its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September, the festival announced Tuesday.

The exact date for the first North American showing of “Foxcatcher” which made its debut at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in May has yet to be announced, but the Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 4-14, according to the “Toronto Sun.”

This will be the 39th year for the film festival, known within the film industry as TIFF. Some within the industry consider TIFF's coveted People's Choice Award as a bellwether for the Academy Awards. Last year’s winner, “12 Years a Slave”, went on to garner three Oscars.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. described TIFF as “as a key launching pad for Hollywood and international movies, attracts thousands of celebrities, filmmakers and cinephiles to the city each year.” Held each year in Canada’s largest city, last year’s festival attracted 432,000 visitors.

In terms of major movies making their North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, “Foxcatcher” finds itself in good company. Other films premiering at TIFF this fall: Jon Stewart's directorial debut “Rosewater”, the Robert Downey Jr. legal drama “The Judge”, and Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer.”

The “Foxcatcher” film is a psychological drama about Olympic gold medal-winning wrestlers Mark Schultz (played by Channing Tatum) and older brother Dave (portrayed by Mark Ruffalo), and their involvement at the Foxcatcher Olympic wrestling training facility owned by multi-millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell), who murdered Dave in January 1996. The film is directed by Bennett Miller, who has been responsible for two award-winning feature films – “Capote”, the 2005 film on the life of author Truman Capote, and “Moneyball”, the 2011 baseball drama. Miller, 47, who earned an Academy Award nomination for best director for “Capote”, was named Best Director at Cannes.

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