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Directors' Trademarks: Denis Villeneuve

16 hours ago | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Denis Villeneuve as director.

Denis Villeneuve is a French-Canadian filmmaker who realized his love for cinema while in college. He switched his studies from science to film and first made a name for himself directing independent movies. August 23rd on Earth (1998) was his first feature film, and it was well received at the Cannes film festival, where it earned a nomination for the best film award. His next film, Maelstrom (2000) continued the trend, winning more awards on the festival circuit. It took him 9 more years before he released another feature film, Polytechnique, which was well-received for its depiction of a current event in Canada. His breakthrough was 2010’s Incendies, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. »

- (G.S. Perno)

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Variety Unveils 10 Directors to Watch for 2016

13 November 2015 9:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety has named its 10 Directors to Watch for 2016, spotlighting feature helmers from across the filmmaking landscape. The list represents a cross-section of studio and independent talents, working both in Hollywood and overseas, all of whom are expected to go on to great things — some as soon as the year-end awards race.

All but three of the directors are making their feature debuts. Joining these impressive tyros, Colombian helmer Ciro Guerra has premiered two films in Cannes; Peter Landesman’s sophomore pic, “Concussion,” bowed this week at the AFI Film Festival; and actor-turned-director Matt Ross (“28 Hotel Rooms”) is a Sundance alum whose “Captain Fantastic” is positioned for a 2016 festival launch.

The 10 Directors to Watch are:

Don Cheadle (“Miles Ahead”) Deniz Gamze Erguven (“Mustang”) Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”) Ciro Guerra (“Embrace of the Serpent’) Slavek Horak (“Home Care”) Duke Johnson (“Anomalisa”) Peter Landesman (“Concussion”) Laszlo Nemes (“Son of Saul”) Matt Ross (“Captain Fantastic »

- Peter Debruge

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‘James White’ Director Josh Mond on Getting Personal, Finding the Ending, Joachim Trier, and More

10 November 2015 12:14 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In the five months found within James White, our title character is at the most difficult chapter of his life thus far. Grieving the loss of his father and attempting to assist his ailing mother, the drama authentically depicts the brutality of the process. After producing the gripping Sundance dramas Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer, Josh Mond diverts in some ways with his directorial debut. Providing yet another intimate character study of a fractured individual, James White also has a perhaps unexpected enveloping warmth.

I had the chance to speak with Mond upon the release of his debut, which arrives in limited theaters on November 13th. We discussed the personal connection everyone had on set, the intense camerawork, crafting one of the year’s most emotional scenes, finding the ending, being inspired by James Gray, Joachim Trier, Denis Villeneuve, and Wong Kar-wai, and more. Check out the full »

- Jordan Raup

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Can Genre Films Like ‘Hateful Eight,’ ‘Spectre’ Break Into Best Picture?

27 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Back in March, shortly before the release of “Furious 7,” Vin Diesel threw out a bold prediction about his movie’s chances in the forthcoming awards season. “It will probably win best picture at the Oscars,” he told Variety, “unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.”

Box office domination is a lousy measure of relevance, let alone quality, but Diesel’s comment did carry a valid point about the Academy’s historic disregard for genre movies, the occasional best-picture win for a “French Connection,” a “Silence of the Lambs” or a “Lord of the Rings” finale notwithstanding. Still, to its credit, the organization has taken some welcome steps toward acknowledging that movie greatness doesn’t always come laden with self-evidently worthy themes; sometimes it shows up swinging a sword, driving a car, or toting a cattle gun.

And things have arguably improved since the Academy expanded its »

- Justin Chang

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Los Angeles-Based Direct to Series Showcase Spotlights Best of French TV

22 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After facing changing audiences tastes and serious competition from U.S. imports, France has finally emerged as a top European purveyor of premium drama.

Shows like “Trepalium,” a thriller dealing with unemployment and apartheid; “The Last Panthers,” a crime series about the Pink Panthers jewel theives; and “The Bureau,” a spy skein that unfolds in the French Secret Service, underscore the willingness of Gallic producers, creators and broadcasters to tackle global issues through genre formats.

All three shows are among the programs that will be presented at the third edition of Direct to Series, the French TV showcase that unfolds Oct. 27-28 in Los Angeles. The confab was launched to spur collaborations between French and American writers, and new co-productions between French and American producers and promote locations, says Olivier-Rene Veillon, managing director of the Ile de France Film Commission.

French audiences, fed a steady diet of U.S. primetime series for a decade, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Sicario: Villeneuve, Deakins and the quest for greatness

14 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Steve Jennings on Denis Villeneueve, Roger Deakins and the quest for greatness…

He’s so nearly there, Denis Villeneuve. The Canadian-born director of Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy and most recently Sicario is making a habit of creating enthralling pieces of work that are on the verge of greatness. You sense Villeneuve will strike gold eventually. For now, we’ll have to put up with the likes of Sicario, which, thanks to a blossoming working relationship with Roger Deakins, is by no means a bad thing.

Firstly let’s go back to 2013 and, more specifically, Villeneuve’s first English language feature – Prisoners. This film took me by surprise, not only because I hadn’t realised renowned cinematographer Roger Deakins was attached until my eyes were treated to a couple of the movie’s expertly crafted early scenes. Deakins’ fingerprints are all over this long slog of a thriller, giving Prisoners’ somber events real punch. »

- Gary Collinson

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Sicario Review

7 October 2015 3:02 PM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

By now if you've experienced a Denis Villeneuve movie (Prisoners, Enemy, Incendies), you'll know that the director revels in walking a tight line between morally dubious and criminally wrong. Sicario, his latest feature, is a scathing and uncompromising look at the so-called "war on drugs", and it's made painfully clear that there are no real winners in this endeavour. Emily Blunt plays FBI agent Kate Macer, who is recruited onto an inter-agency task force that may or may not involve elements of the CIA, DEA, and FBI. She's unclear why she is recruited, only that the task force appears to have the same goals as her in taking down a cartel leader whose carnage she's been dealing with on the Us side of the border. Along the way pop up Josh Brolin as a shady top tier government agent seemingly in the know and Benecio Del Toro, a stoic, mysterious »

- (Dave Higgins)

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Joshua Reviews Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario [Theatrical Review]

5 October 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

It’s officially the fall film season. With various festivals already in the books and this year’s New York Film Festival still very much in full swing, fall is here in full force, and with it comes a cavalcade of intriguing art pictures, lauded foreign features and films from some of today’s most interesting auteurs.

And then there’s director Denis Villeneuve.

Best known for the award winning Incendies and the pair of startling 2013 pictures Prisoners and Enemy, the Canadian filmmaker has become one of cinema’s most beloved directors, at least critically. Culturally, he’s been lauded as a craftsman of the highest order, a director who has a distinctive voice and one that may rely on relatively hamfisted screenplays, but dig deeply into the heart of humanity.

Take his latest film, Sicario, for example. Arguably Villeneuve’s most respected work to date, Sicario debuted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Sicario – The Review

2 October 2015 5:31 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

By Cate Marquis

Sicario” means “hitman” in Mexico, as the audience learns at the start of the film of the same name. Although there is indeed a hitman in Mexico, little is straightforward in this mysterious thriller from Denis Villeneuve, the director of “Prisoners” and “Incendies.”

Those films are filled with shades of gray and uncertainties, and pivot on unexpected twists. Those who saw his previous films will know what to expect in pacing and tone, and that this Canadian director has a taste for murky, unsettling almost-horror film-like suspense. However, people who have seen the movie trailers for Sicario and are expecting a straightforward action film with Emily Blunt kicking butt likely will be surprised. Blunt does play the central character, and she is indeed tough stuff, but the film she is in may not be the one you expect.

Blunt plays Kate, a fast-rising young Arizona policewoman who »

- Movie Geeks

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Les êtres chers | 2015 Tiff Review

28 September 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sowing the Seed of Love: Émond Prescribes Depression Medicine for Two

In Zizekian logic, there are the unknown knowns, that is to say, there are things that we fail to admit to knowing. In Anne Émond’s subtly devised, multi-decade spanning family drama, there is a general and generational sentiment that the unknown is best kept secret in order to protect the next of kin. While her boldly truculent debut Nuit #1 delved into urban solitudes and wore all feelings on its sleeveless sleeves, set in a caring and loving family nucleus in a rural backdrop, the French Canadian helmer’s sophomore feature (known internationally as Our Loved Ones) is more curious about the unexplained and what is not being said. While some of the coming-of-ager sequences tucked in the denouement are a tad too overreaching, it’s with an assured, sensitive, sympathetic hand that Les êtres chers deftly explores the »

- Eric Lavallee

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Ridley Scott interview: The Martian, Prometheus sequels

28 September 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We talk to Ridley Scott about his new film The Martian, his career in film, including Alien and Blade Runner, and his plans for Prometheus.

When we met Ridley Scott in a plush London hotel one September afternoon, the director was relaxed and jovial. And well he should be; his latest film, The Martian, has already garnering glowing notices, and for our money, it's Scott's best film in years. The story of astronaut Mark Watney and his struggles to survive alone and hungry on the hostile surface of Mars, it's full of humour, drama and eye-popping visuals.

As the film opens in the UK, we were lucky enough to talk to Scott about all kinds of movies from his voluminous body of work, including Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, The Counsellor and lots more, all leading up to his plans for the three Prometheus movies he wants to make, and finally, »

- ryanlambie

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Sicario's Emily Blunt on the strong woman at the core of Denis Villeneuve's thriller

23 September 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

It’s the middle of August and Albuquerque, New Mexico, is scorching hot. On the set of French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s latest, Sicario, crew and visitors are asked to drink plenty of water and stay in the shade — if you can find any, it’s a desert after all. Plus, we’re 5,000 feet above sea level, which can cause altitude sickness. But no one complains. All are happy to be working with Villeneuve, the talented director who has impressed critics and moviegoers in Canada and abroad with such films as Incendies, Enemy and Prisoners.

Sicario, which means “hitman” in Spanish, is a complex story about the war on drugs. An American task force is assembled from different agencies to crack down on the Mexican cartel responsible for a series of gruesome killings near the U.S./Mexico border.

Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin play law enforcement officers with »

- Julide Tanriverdi - Cineplex Magazine

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Sicario’s Emily Blunt on the strong woman at the core of Denis Villeneuve’s thriller

23 September 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

It’s the middle of August and Albuquerque, New Mexico, is scorching hot. On the set of French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s latest, Sicario, crew and visitors are asked to drink plenty of water and stay in the shade — if you can find any, it’s a desert after all. Plus, we’re 5,000 feet above sea level, which can cause altitude sickness. But no one complains. All are happy to be working with Villeneuve, the talented director who has impressed critics and moviegoers in Canada and abroad with such films as Incendies, Enemy and Prisoners.

Sicario, which means “hitman” in Spanish, is a complex story about the war on drugs. An American task force is assembled from different agencies to crack down on the Mexican cartel responsible for a series of gruesome killings near the U.S./Mexico border.

Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin play law enforcement officers with »

- Julide Tanriverdi - Cineplex Magazine

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First Trailer For ‘Endorphine,’ Directed By ‘Mommy’ and ‘Incendies’ Cinematographer André Turpin

17 September 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Following the rare footsteps of Nicolas Roeg, Mario BavaBarry Sonnenfeld, Zhang Yimou, Jack Cardiff, and more, cinematographer André Turpin also tries his hand at directing every so often. After beautiful work on Mommy, Tom at the Farm, Incendies, he recently returned to Tiff with his first directorial work in 14 years, the mystery drama Endorphine. We now have the first trailer following the premiere, which has us highly intrigued with its evocative imagery and plotting, and hopefully U.S. distribution will follow soon.

“The intricately crafted script keeps us constantly uncertain whether what we’re seeing is present, past, future, or alternate reality,” Tiff’s Magali Simard says. “Turpin compounds the complexity with an extraordinary editing technique, putting the images through an obsessive process of repetition that reveals layer after layer of meaning. From its mysterious opening sequence to its absorbing conclusion, Endorphine is a relentless intellectual stimulant, inducing an »

- Jordan Raup

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Domestic Weekend Box Office Expectations: Depp Gangster to Trail 'Scorch Trials'

16 September 2015 6:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from 3,790 sites, while Black Mass should take in $22 million or so from 3,188 theaters. 'Maze Runner 2' vs. 'The Maze Runner' Maze Runner 2 will then open only about 10 percent ahead of the original, »

- Zac Gille

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Denis Villeneuve Says His 'Blade Runner' Sequel Will Reveal If Deckard Is A Replicant

14 September 2015 1:14 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Denis Villeneuve is easily one of the most exciting new talents to emerge in the last few years. The French-Canadian helmer’s been knocking around for a while, but made his international breakthrough with the Oscar-nominated “Incendies,” before moving into the English-language with the well-crafted “Prisoners” and the deeply unsettling “Enemy,” and he’s returned again this year with the cracking cartel thriller “Sicario,” currently doing the festival rounds. Read More: “ 'Blade Runner' Is Almost A Religion For Me”: Denis Villeneuve Talks Directing The Sci-Fi Sequel Villeneuve’s already wrapped on his follow-up, sci-fi “Story Of Your Life” with Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, but has his biggest gig to date looming on the horizon: he’s going to helm the sequel to seminal 1982 sci-fi “Blade Runner,” featuring original star Harrison Ford (and potentially Ryan Gosling, though it’s been quiet on that front for a while »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: Feel the Autumn Chill in Exclusive 'Our Loved Ones' Clip

14 September 2015 8:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Interview with Anne Emond and Catherine de Lean - Writer/Director and Star of Nuit #1 The crisp fall air is tangible in this melancholy clip from "Our Loved Ones," which will premiere at Tiff later today. The clip features two characters sitting on a beach "just looking forward to spring," and its simplicity belies what sounds to be a complex and emotional family drama. "Our Loved Ones" marks the second film by Canadian director Anne Émond, whose debut film "Nuit #1" won several awards and garnered a lot of positive critical attention in 2011. The film's two leads, Maxim Gaudette and Karelle Tremblay, are both stars in the French Canadian film market. Maxim Gaudette has been recognized for his award-winning work with director Denis Villeneuve. The official synopsis of the film reads: "Protected from the truth about his father's death, the sensitive David (Maxim Gaudette from 'Incendies,' 'Polytechnique') has. »

- Wil Barlow

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Toronto: Why 'Sicario' Director Denis Villeneuve Plunged Back Into Darkness With a Female-Driven Crime Drama

12 September 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: 8-Minute Video Tribute To The Films Of Denis Villeneuve French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve wasn't looking for more darkness after wrapping the pitch black "Prisoners" last year, but it still found him. Coming off a rash of dramatic features -- from "Prisoners" to the wrenching "Incendies" to the psychological mind-bend that is "Enemy" -- Villeneuve didn't seek out another heavy feature to continue his directing career, but Taylor Sheridan's "Sicario" just couldn't be denied. The film does, however, mark a change for Villeneuve, with its star-studded cast (Emily Blunt leads the film, alongside Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro) and its female-driven storyline. It is still a natural continuation of Villeneuve's talents -- his own universe, really, and this one filmed by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, who also lensed "Prisoners"  -- and an exciting and genuinely terrifying new »

- Kate Erbland

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Sicario Review [Tiff 2015]

11 September 2015 4:28 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though the last four films from Denis Villeneuve have been shot, or mostly set in different countries, the thematic ground they cover and worldview they adopt share common territory. His latest, Sicario, is simultaneously the director’s most commercial work, and his most singular. Taking a Neapolitan approach to the crime thriller, Sicario sees the Canadian director tracking American law enforcement agents as they operate in and around Mexican border cities. As with Incendies, Prisoners, and Enemy before it, the journey makes for a twisty, gorgeous, and dark tour through pits of personal obsession and horrifying violence.

Sicario kicks off with not one bang, but several. A nifty early shot takes the perspective of an F.B.I. armored car as it’s on a collision course with the front wall of a suburban Arizona home. The target is a suspected drug house, one that’s, literally, packed with corpses. »

- Sam Woolf

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Q&A: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio del Toro on Denis Villeneuve's Sicario

10 September 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Over the last decade, Quebec filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has made a mix of hard-hitting and compelling films, from his sombre take on a Montreal school shooting in Polytechnique to his Oscar nominated 2010 drama Incendies. Denis released two films in 2013 that both starred Jake Gyllenhaal: the experimental and brash Enemy, which provided a surreal and haunting look at a spousal relationship; and Prisoners, a kidnapping drama with Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis, and Melissa Leo joining the fray.

Villeneuve’s latest film may well be his best yet (he certainly thinks it is). Sicario is a richly drawn story about the moral ambivalence at the heart of the war on drugs. Emily Blunt plays Kate Macer, a seasoned FBI agent, who takes on the cartels directly with the assistance of a team led by Matt (Josh Brolin). Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), a mercurial figure with a sordid past, also joins Kate »

- Jason Gorber

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