NEW YORK (April 23, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics is headed to the Croisette with a prestigious slate of films:Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER, Mike Leigh’s MR. TURNER, Zhang Yimou’s COMING HOME, Gabe Polsky’s documentary RED ARMY and Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH.

FOXCATCHER, which is In Competition,stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, and Anthony Michael Hall. Directed by Bennett Miller and produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the film tells the gripping, true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune that led to murder. FOXCATCHER will openin theaters in the United States on November 14.

Mike Leigh’s MR. TURNER, which is also In Competition, has a prestigious cast and crew led by actor Timothy Spall. MR. TURNER will be Leigh’s fifth film at the Cannes Film Festival, previously winning Best Director for his film NAKED and the Palme d’Or for SECRETS & LIES. MR. TURNER explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. MR. TURNER will be released in the United States on December 19.

COMING HOME, screening Out of Competition, reunites the legendary team of filmmaker Zhang Yimou and actress Gong Li. The film is Zhang Yimou’s sixth film to appear at the Cannes Film Festivaland it also marks his twelfth collaboration with the Sony Pictures Classics team. His past films in Cannes include HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, KEEP COOL, SHANGHAI TRIAD, TO LIVE, and JU DOU as well as a short for the compilation film CHACUN SON CINEMA. Inspired by Yan Geling’s “THE CRIMINAL LU YANSHI” with a screenplay written by JingshiZou, COMING HOME is a romance drama chronicling the journey of a Chinese dissident (Chen Daoming) from the 1920?s to the 1990?s.The release date has not been set.

RED ARMY, showing in the Special Screening section at the festival,is about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. Filmmaker Gabe Polsky tells an extraordinary human story from the perspective of its captain SlavaFetisov, the friendships, the betrayals, and the personal dramas, which led to his transformation from national hero to political enemy. RED ARMY is an inspiring story about a man who stood up to a powerful system and paved the way for change for generations of Russians.The release date has not been set.

The critically acclaimed WHIPLASH, written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons will play in the Directors’ Fortnight at the festival. The film won the Audience and Grand Jury Prizes at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. WHIPLASH follows Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability—and his sanity. WHIPLASH will be released in the United States on October 10.


Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992, which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world.

Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 32 Academy Awards® (28 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered 140 Academy Award® nominations (114at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for AMOUR, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, AN EDUCATION, CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, AND CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.


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