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Denis Villeneuve Turns His Eye and Attentions to Female-Led Features

3 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is a busy guy – after all, the frequently lauded director is steadily lining up compelling new projects after the one-two punch of his last two projects (that would be last year’s Prisoners and this season’s Enemy, both of which bowed back in September at Tiff, making it clear that the Incendies director had arrived in a big way) – but the new heat on his career doesn’t mean he’s cutting corners. He’s not getting sloppy. He’s not picking up films about monster trucks or winged aliens or whatever it is that Hollywood is throwing at emerging filmmakers. Villeneuve is making his own way. But is that going to include finding a female muse to match the relationship he’s cultivated with Jake Gyllenhaal, who quite memorably starred in both of Villeneuve’s latest projects, in very different roles?  Villeneuve currently has three films in various forms of development, and »

- Kate Erbland

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Emily Blunt Boards Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario

2 April 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s been a good day for director Denis Villeneuve. Earlier, we learned that he had snagged Amy Adams for his upcoming sci-fi thriller Story Of Your Life and now, we’re hearing that he’s managed to bring on another beautiful leading lady for the other film he has in production, Sicario.

Variety is reporting that Emily Blunt will star in the director’s upcoming crime thriller, which follows ”an officer from Tuscon who travels across the border to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries in order to track down a drug lord. ” Production on the film will get underway this summer but as of now, Blunt is the only confirmed cast member, so I’d expect to see many more casting announcements in the next few weeks.

Now, unfortunately, Variety doesn’t specify which role the actress will play. But, considering that they say she’ll be starring, »

- Matt Joseph

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Amy Adams in Talks to Star in Alien Movie Story of Your Life

2 April 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Here's some news that is out of this world. Amy Adams is in negotiations to star in Story of Your Life, a film adaptation of a short story by sci-fi author Ted Chiang. According to Deadline, which first reported the possible casting, the movie "takes place after alien crafts land around the world, and an expert linguist (Adams' would-be role) is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit." The movie will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, who has helmed such flicks as Incendies »

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Emily Blunt joins 'Prisoners' director Denis Villeneuve for 'Sicario'

2 April 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

From improbably remote arthouse origins, Québécois director Denis Villeneuve is turning into quite hot Hollywood property. A couple of years after his Middle Eastern melodrama "Incendies" scored an Oscar nomination, his austere formal gifts and taste for high-concept tragedy combined to make his starry but profoundly bleak kidnap thriller "Prisoners" a risky mainstream hit last autumn. The smaller-scale surrealist exercise "Enemy," which premiered near-simultaneously at Toronto and was released in the Us last month, took him back to specialty territory, but showed he has enough clout to attract an A-lister like Jake Gyllenhaal to a very eccentric indie. All options are effectively open to him. With that in mind, it looks like he's returning to the multiplex, lining up not one but two mainstream genre projects with, encouragingly enough, lead roles for major female stars. Emily Blunt is in talks for police thriller "Sicario," which Villeneuve will follow up immediately »

- Guy Lodge

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Emily Blunt To Star in ‘Prisoners’ Director Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Sicario’

2 April 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve had already impressed internationally with “Incendies” which earned him a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination in 2010. That opened the doors for the one-two 2013/2014 punch of “Enemy” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and “Prisoners” featuring Hugh Jackman, Gyllenhaal and a star-studded cast that included Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo and more. How much extra clout did the two critically-acclaimed movies give him? Today we have the answer: this morning it was revealed that Amy Adams is circling the lead in his upcoming sci-fi film “The Story Of Your Life,” and now comes word that another highly-covered Hollywood actress is entering his sphere. The trades report that “Looper” and “The Five Year Engagement” star Emily Blunt is planning to star in Villeneuve’s next film. Titled "Sicario,” the movie is a Mexico/U.S. border crime tale and thriller penned by Taylor Sheridan. Said to be “No Country For Old Men”-esque, »

- Edward Davis

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Amy Adams Joins Denis Villeneuve’s The Story Of Your Life

2 April 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It is strange that Amy Adams has not quite graduated to the zenith of A-list stars. She gives her all in blockbuster fare (Man of Steel, the Night at the Museum sequel), is a stellar dramatic actor (with five Oscar nominations to date, most recently for American Hustle) and has a sweet girl next door appeal. Now, she is circling the sci-fi drama The Story of Your Life, for Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve.

The Story of Your Life is based on a 1998 short story from Hugo Award-winning author Ted Chiang. It tells the tale of an expert linguist who the military commissions to figure out if an alien vessel that just landed on earth is a threat. When she begins to communicate with the aliens, she experiences flashbacks that reveal the true identity of their mission.

The film’s script comes from Eric Heisserer, who wrote and directed Hours, a »

- Jordan Adler

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Amy Adams Tells Villeneuve's Sci-Fi "Story"

2 April 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Amy Adams is in early talks to star in "Prisoners" and "Incendies" filmmaker Denis Villeneuve's new sci-fi thriller "Story Of Your Life" at FilmNation Entertainment and Lava Bear Films.

Based on a short story by Ted Chiang and adapted by Eric Heisserer, the story begins as alien crafts land around the world. An expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine their intentions.

As she learns to communicate with them she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.

Shawn Levy and Dan Levine will produce.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Amy Adams Will Tell 'The Story Of Your Life' With Director Denis Villeneuve

2 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Director Denis Villeneuve, already acclaimed on the arthouse circuit for films like "Polytechnique" and "Incendies," firmly made a play for the big leagues last year dropping two unforgettable films on the festival circuit. There was the star studded drama "Prisoners" followed by the mind-bending "Enemy" (now playing in limited release)—both starring Jake Gyllenhaal—that confirmed that the filmmaker refused to be bound by genre and would bring a unique vision to whatever material he's working on. And for his next effort, not only does he have good stuff to work with, but one of the biggest actresses in town coming on board. Deadline reports that Amy Adams is in early talks to join the sci-fi "The Story Of Your Life." Based on the short story by Ted Chiang, and with a script by Eric Heisserer ("The Thing," "Final Destination 5"), the story follows a linguist hired by the military »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Amy Adams Circles Denis Villeneuve-Helmed Alien Tale ‘Story Of Your Life’

2 April 2014 5:38 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Fresh from her Oscar-nominated performance in American Hustle, Amy Adams is in early talks to team with Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve on Story Of Your Life, the sci-fi thriller based on a short story by Ted Chiang, a top contemporary author in the genre. Scripted by Eric Heisserer, the thriller takes place after alien crafts land around the world. An expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit. It would be a departure for both Adams and Villeneuve, who broke through with Incendies. FilmNation Entertainment, in partnership with Lava Bear Films, is financing, producing and handling worldwide sales for the project. The producers are 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Levine »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Emily Blunt to Headline Crime Thriller Sicario

2 April 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Emily Blunt ( The Devil Wears Prada , Looper ) is set to headline director Denis Villeneuve's ( Incendies , Prisoners ) next feature, a crime thriller titled Sicario , Variety reports. Sicario (the Spanish word for "hitman"), was written by actor/scribe Taylor Sheridan and follows an Arizona police officer who heads across the Mexican border to take down a drug lord. Villeneuve has been very busy as of late. He immediately followed Prisoners with Enemy , starring Melanie Laurent and, in dual roles, Jake Gyllenhaal. He'll shoot Sicario before tackling the sci-fi tale Story of Your Life which, earlier today , named Amy Adams as its lead. Blunt, meanwhile, can be seen coming up in Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow and Rob Marshall's Into the Woods . Black »

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Enter to Win a Gorgeous 'Enemy' Poster, Signed by Director Denis Villeneuve

24 March 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With Denis Villeneuve's new thriller "Enemy" out in theaters and available on VOD, Indiewire is offering you the chance to possibly take home an alt poster for the film, signed by the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind "Incendies" and last year's "Prisoners." The Toronto-set thriller centers on Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal, who also starred in "Prisoners"), a university professor who, while watching a film, happens to notice that one of the actors onscreen possesses a striking resemblance to his own. Bell becomes consumed with his doppelgänger -- an actor by the name of Anthony Claire (also played by Gyllenhaal) -- and decides to seek him out. Worlds collide, and, of course, chaos ensues. Check out the poster below. Email indiewirecontests@gmail.com with your email address and full name to enter. You must live in the U.S. to participate. The contest closes Friday, March 28. »

- Nigel M Smith

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Saturday Shorts: ‘Next Floor’, directed by Denis Villeneuve

15 March 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Today’s film is the 2008 short Next Floor. The film stars Jean Marchand, Neil Kroetsch, and Mathieu Handfield, is written by Jacques Davidts, and directed by Denis Villeneuve. Villeneuve has made a name for himself on the international film stage with movies such as Polytechnique and Incendies, and made his first foray into English-language feature films in 2013 with Prisoners. His newest feature, titled Enemy, opens in limited release in American theatres this weekend.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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Review: Enemy Explores Villeneuve's More Unique Side

13 March 2014 6:40 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

With film, things often come in pairs. Sometimes the doubles are explicit; some studio vying with another for a given plot, be it a tale of animated insects or impending asteroid impacts. Sometimes, the twinning takes the form of accidental synergy; say the back-to-back S&M Asian romps of Moebius and R100 that I experienced earlier this week.Tiff brought out a couple more shared connections. Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, whose previous, shattering work Incendies vied for an Oscar, had two films at this year's fest. The first, Prisoners (read Ryland's review) is a big budget, big studio, big concept thriller, showing to a mainstream audience the director's craft. Enemy is a much more subdued affair, yet also shares a key performer in the form of Jake Gyllenhaal. An entirely different film, Richard Aoyade's The Double (read Todd's review) also screened at this...

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Review: Jake Gyllenhaal doubles down in sly, unsettling 'Enemy'

13 March 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The film industry lives to surprise us, but if I were to compile a list right now of Directors Least Likely To Direct A Romantic Comedy In The Near Or Distant Future, I'd feel comfortable placing Québécois atmosphere merchant Denis Villeneuve in the top five. For better or worse, Villeneuve's cinema thrives on a kind of precision-cut, cultivatedly fetid dourness. At its worst, it produces damp, philosophically aspirational melodrama like the abhorrent, Oscar-nominated "Incendies"; last year's gorgeous, luxuriantly trashy thriller "Prisoners" suggested he's better suited to material that knows its own daftness, even if Villeneuve himself doesn't. Or perhaps not. Shot back-to-back with "Prisoners," the equally sombre but very differently scaled "Enemy" practically begs for charges of pretension from its opening onscreen epigraph: "Chaos is order yet undeciphered." It's a red flag signalling that we may be back in lugubrious "Incendies" territory -- certainly, José Saramago's thoughtful source novel »

- Guy Lodge

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Sleeping with the “Enemy”; Denis Villeneuve Heavy Fave for 2014 Canadian Screen Awards

9 March 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With the dust fully settled on the Academy Awards, we point our attention northward with tonight’s 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Many of the television winners have already been announced in glitzy fashion during this Canadian Screen Week, but with baited breath, we’re more keen on seeing how the film award honors will pan out. Last year’s Tiff saw Denis Villeneuve bring not one (Prisoners), but a pair of feature films and it is the offbeat, doppelgänger delight Enemy that should reap in the top awards of the evening. Here are my predictions of who will win, who should win, and who should have been nominated in each of the most anticipated film categories.

Best Motion Picture:

The nominees are: Enemy, The Dismantlement, Empire of Dirt, The F Word, Gabrielle, The Grand Seduction, Maina, Tom at the Farm

Screenie voters tend to favor Canada’s yearly submission for the »

- Leora Heilbronn

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Bérénice Bejo Boards Psychological Thriller After The Storm

28 February 2014 9:28 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though The Artist star Bérénice Bejo’s last film, the tense drama The Past, inexplicably failed to earn a much-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, the actress is still signing on to projects that have us very optimistic about her future on the awards circuit. Most recently, Bejo has agreed to topline an Italy-set psychological thriller called After The Storm, for The Giraffe’s Neck director Safy Nebbou.

The film, based on the novel Belle famille by Arthur Dreyfus, will find Bejo playing a young mother who, after the accidental death of her five-year old son, instinctively hides his body and covers up the death. As the media descends on her and the police launch a massive investigation into the child’s disappearance, the mother slips further into denial and mental instability.

After The Storm is certainly a significant step away from Bejo’s light and sunny performance »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Jake Gyllenhaal Loses His Mind in Sexy, Nsfw Work 'Enemy' Promo

26 February 2014 11:58 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

We've already seen a suspenseful trailer for Denis Villeneuve's thriller Enemy, the director's first collaboration with Jake Gyllenhaal before Prisoners even hit theaters. In addition, a cool featurette showed off how the filmmaker had Gyllenhaal act with himself. Now we have one more sexy promo spot that is chock full of some nudity and sex with Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), so it's certainly Nsfw. However, it does offer a glimpse into the madness of Gyllenhaal's character after he comes into contact with his doppelgänger, changing both of their lives for better or worse. Looks pretty intense and worth a glimpse. Here's the sexy new promo for Denis Villeneuve's Enemy, direct from A24 Films: Brilliantly adapted from the late Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double, the latest from Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners) breathes new life into the doppelgänger tradition, with a hypnotic, haunting, surreal approach that »

- Ethan Anderton

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Berenice Bejo Joins Cast Of Safy Nebbou’s ‘After The Storm’

26 February 2014 9:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Safy Nebbou is set to direct Berenice Bejo (“The Past”), Laurent Lafitte (“On The Other Side Of The Tracks”), Gregory Gadebois (“The Returned”) and Sergio Castellitto (“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”) in the Italy-set psychological thriller “After The Storm” (“Apres la tempete”).

Based on Arthur Dreyfus’ novel “Belle famille,” the film will topline Bejo as a mother who can’t accept the accidental death of her five-year old son and instinctively hides his body. After the child is declared missing, the police launches a massive investigation that sparks a media frenzy, comforting the mother in her denial.

Philip Boeffard is producing at Paris-based Nord-Ouest, the well-established production outfit of Mathieu Kassovitz’ “La Haine” and “Rebellion,” Christian Carion’s “Merry Christmas” and Michel Ocelot’s “Tales Of The Night.”

“I envision ‘After The Storm’ as a contemporary tragedy that’s reminiscent of ‘Incendies’ by Denis Villeneuve in the way »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Featurette on 'Enemy' Focuses on Story and Doubling Jake Gyllenhaal

14 February 2014 3:30 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

We've already seen the trailer for Enemy, the first collaboration between director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, before last year's Prisoners was even made. Now a new featurette dives deeper into the story based on Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double, hitting theaters this spring. While part of it focuses on the plot and how that unfolds, there's also a focus on how Villeneueve made it possible for Gyllenhaal to act opposite himself. Between this film and Jesse Eisenberg in The Double, there's a lot of "twins" on the big screen this year, and fortunately they all look good. Watch now! Here's the new making of featurette for Denis Villeneuve's Enemy, originally from IGN: Brilliantly adapted from the late Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double, the latest from Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners) breathes new life into the doppelgänger tradition, with a hypnotic, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Competition: Win 'Prisoners' *closed*

6 February 2014 2:24 PM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Canadian director Denis Villeneuve's (Incendies) gripping new thriller Prisoners (2013) - starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano - arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download this coming Monday (3 February) courtesy of UK distributors Entertainment One. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Villeneuve's latest labyrinthine drama, we're delighted to announce that we've been provided Three DVD copies of Prisoners to give away to CineVue's loyal regular fanbase absolutely free of charge. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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