Caitriona Balfe's Newest Film Has Entered The Oscar Race

A crowd-pleasing racing drama with big movie stars and an established director is poised to make a big impression on the coming Oscar season.

Le Mans 66 made its debut at the Telluride Film Festival before getting a splashy premiere at TIFF earlier this week.

And, following a significantly busy week for the show's stars – Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Caitriona Balfe and Jon Bernthal – the dust has gathered long enough to generate Oscar buzz for the true-life story. 

The film – also known as Ford v Ferrari in the States – follows the rivalry that scorched around the track of the famous 24-hour racing competition between the Ford and Ferrari teams. 

Bale plays Ken Miles and Damon is Carroll Shelby on the Ford team.

Visionary American car designer Shelby and the fearless British driver Miles together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari in 1966.

Balfe plays Bale's wife, who is also an accomplished driver, while A Quiet Place breakout star Noah Jupe will play Bale’s son, worried about the dangers his dad faces on the track.

Big names feature behind the camera, too, as Oscar-nominated director James Mangold (Logan, Walk The Line) and produced by Michael Mann (Heat, The Last Of The Mohicans).

The piece has been racking up some great reviews since debuting, with some talk that both Damon and Bale could be up for acting nods.

The film itself will pull into Irish cinemas on Friday 15 November, where we can see for ourselves. 

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