November 1959. As a result of the success of “Breakfast at Tiffany’sTruman Capote is now a celebrated writer and – thanks to his ability to spin a good yarn – also a much sought-after party guest among New York’s intellectual circles. One day while reading the “New York Times”, he comes across a report of a brutal criminal case involving the slaughter – in cold blood – of a family of four in Holcomb, Kansas. Try as he might, Capote can’t seem to get the report out of his mind. Immediately, he gets the editor-in-chief of the “New Yorker” magazine, to assign him to research and write an on-the-spot article following the investigations into the crime. Accompanied by his fellow author and friend Harper Lee, whose novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” has just been published, the openly homosexual Capote travels to the rural mid-West, where he is not exactly welcomed with open arms. During his stay in Holcomb, the perpetrators of the crime, Perry Smith and Dick Hickock, are arrested in Las Vegas. Before long, the writer decides to expand his article into a book. With this work he hopes to underpin his ar­gument that, when written by the right author, a factual report can be just as enthralling as a fictional thriller. But his interest soon turns into a veritable obsession. When the two young perpetrators are charged in Kansas and brought before a court of law, Ca­pote pays them regular visits in their cells. Although the resulting novel, “In Cold Blood”, makes Capote hugely famous and earns him a great deal of money and respect, it also marks a turning point in his life. “In some lives”, writes Capote’s biographer Gerald Clarke, “there are mo­ments which, looked at later, can be seen as the lines that define the beginning of a dramatic rise or decline. The proximate cause of his tragic fall – for that’s what it was – was ‘In Cold Blood’ itself.” 


  • Runtime

    113 min
  • Country

    United States
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Bennett Miller
  • Cast

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Chris Cooper, Clifton Collins Jr., Bruce Greenwood, Bob Balaban, Amy Ryan, Mark Pellegrino, Allie Mickelson, Marshall Bell, Araby Lockhart, Robert Huculak, R. D. Reid, Robert McLaughlin, Harry Nelken, Kerr Hewitt, John Maclaren, Jeremy Dangerfield, Kwesi Ameyaw, Jim Shepard, John Destry, C. Ernst Harth, Adam Kimmel
  • Production Company

    A-Line Pictures
  • Berlinale Section

    out of competition
  • Berlinale Category

    Feature Film

Biography Bennett Miller

Bennett Miller is an American film director, best known for Capote (2005), Moneyball (2011), and Foxcatcher (2014). He began his film career directing the 1998 documentary The Cruise.
In 2006 Miller directed the Bob Dylan music video "When the Deal Goes Down" starring Scarlett Johansson.
Miller has directed 6 actors to Oscar nominations: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener for Capote, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill for Moneyball, and Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher. Hoffman won the Oscar for his work in Capote.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Filmography Bennett Miller

2011 Moneyball | 2014 Foxcatcher