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YEAR 2014

SECTION Premieres

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 100 min

On-the-rise New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel receives troubling news from his editors that he is accused of falsifying part of an investigative piece on child laborers in Africa. Jobless and disgraced, Michael retreats from the city and falls into a depression. One day, he hears startling news that a fugitive accused of murdering his family was captured in Mexico claiming the identity of "Michael Finkel of The New York Times." Intrigued by the story, he travels to interview the accused, identified as Christian Longo, to help save his name.

Rupert Goold’s shrewd first feature pits Jonah Hill against James Franco in a psychological cat-and-mouse game obscured by many "truths." As the two calculating men share their stories in private, their similarities become clear while their motivations are less so. David Kajganich scripts Finkel’s memoir into a subtle portrait of an unlikely friendship. —C.R.

EMAIL sonia.freeman@fox.com

COMPANY Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Artist Bio

Rupert Goold is artistic director of London’s Almeida Theatre. Recent productions include American Psycho, a musical thriller based on Bret Easton Ellis’s novel, Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III, and Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Prior to the Almeida, Goold was the artistic director at the Headlong Theatre Company and Northampton Theatres, and associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has twice been the recipient of the Laurence Olivier, Critics’ Circle, and Evening Standard awards for Best Director.