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Hollywood film-maker Miller wins best director at Cannes

Published on May 25, 2014 6:33 AM
US director Bennett Miller poses during the Award Winners photocall after he won the Best Director award for his movie 'Foxcatcher' at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 24, 2014. - PHOTO: EPA

CANNES, France (AFP) - Bennett Miller scooped the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday for Foxcatcher, a film showcasing another side to the acting skills of funny man Steve Carell.

Miller’s movie – based on the real-life murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz by multi-millionaire John du Pont – has seen The Office star Carell hailed by critics.

The film, in which he plays the deranged, sinister du Pont, also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo as Mark and Dave Schultz, two wrestling-champion brothers.

“It’s really something to be supported, and to have people who have faith in you, and to come out the other side,” Miller told the audience at the festival hall in Cannes as he accepted his prize.

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