Ford v Ferrari (Le Mans 66) - TIFF 2019
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Ford v Ferrari (titled Le Mans '66 in the UK and other territories) is a 2019 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold, and written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Jason Keller. It stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale, while Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone and Ray McKinnon appear in supporting roles.

The plot follows an eccentric, determined team of American engineers and designers, led by automotive visionary Carroll Shelby and his British driver, Ken Miles, who are dispatched by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca with the mission of building the Ford GT40, a new racing car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. Early stages of the film featured Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in the starring roles, but that rendition eventually fell through. Mangold was then hired in February 2018, and Damon, Bale and the rest of the cast joined that summer. Filming began in July 2018 in California and lasted a little over two months.

Ford v Ferrari had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30, 2019, and is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on November 15, 2019, by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film received positive reviews from critics, who lauded the performances and racing sequences.

Synopis :
In 1963, Enzo Ferrari was approached by the Ford Motor Company about a possible buyout of Ferrari. Talks were unilaterally cut off by Ferrari when Enzo realized that the deal included the purchase of Scuderia Ferrari, Ferrari's racing program that had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1958 and every year from 1960 through 1965. Le Mans is the world's oldest active sports car endurance race, held annually since 1923. Upset at being rebuffed, Henry Ford II directed his racing division to build a car to beat Scuderia Ferrari. The film tells how automotive designer Carroll Shelby and race car driver Ken Miles lead a team of American engineers and designers from Ford to build a race car that can beat legendary Ferrari. Ultimately, they produce the Ford GT40 for a showdown at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ford v Ferrari (Le Mans 66)
Directed by James Mangold
Produced by Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, James Mangold
Written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller
Starring Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, Ray McKinnon
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography : Phedon Papamichael
Edited by Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland
Production company : 20th Century Fox, Chernin Entertainment
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date : August 30, 2019 (Telluride), November 13, 2019 (France), November 15, 2019 (United States)
Running time : 152 minutes

(Source : Wikipedia)
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