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The veteran international film sales exec will leave the company in mid-January. It’s not clear what her next move will be, considering that her exit comes during the run-up to February’s European Film Market in Berlin.
The company also announced today that it will be launching Seville Intl. through its Quebec-based Les Films Seville arm, with Montreal-based veep of international sales Anick Poirier at the helm. The new division will be part of eOne Films Intl. and will focus on exploiting independent films from Quebec and the world.
The company is expected to make further announcement regarding its international film operations »
- Jennie Punter
A version of this story first ran in OscarWrap: Actors Issue. A dinner meeting two years ago with Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies”) turned into back-to-back movies for Jake Gyllenhaal: the yet-to-be-released “Enemy,” in which he plays two roles, and the slow-burn thriller “Prisoners,” with Gyllenhaal as a detective and Hugh Jackman as the father of an abducted girl. “Prisoners” won strong reviews and did $60 million at the box office after its September release, a solid number for a film that ratchets up the tension slowly for nearly two-and-a-half hours. It’s not a typical awards film, but Gyllenhaal’s performance as. »
- Steve Pond
“Anything goes!” declared Melissa Leo on a recent morning, after she confessed that she had just taken a red-eye flight to join her “Prisoners” cast for a Variety roundtable. “Should I dance on the tables, boys?” “You’re going to get a really good interview,” teased Jake Gyllenhaal, who attended with the film’s French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies”) and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski.
As we reported in last week’s issue of Variety, “Prisoners” is a dark horse contender in this year’s Oscar race. The R-rated drama from Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment opened in September to strong reviews and has gone on to make $115 worldwide from a $40 million budget. Its tangled premise originally landed the script on Hollywood’s Black List: after two young girls go missing on Thanksgiving day, one father (Hugh Jackman) is determined to find them with the help of a young detective (Gyllenhaal); Leo »
- Ramin Setoodeh
As we barrel toward 2014 and assess the year in cinema that was, we hope folks don't forget that it was quite a 2013 for low-key helmer Denis Villeneuve. He rolled into the festival season with two stunners under his arm: the wrenching "Prisoners" and the Jake Gyllenhaal double-starrer "Enemy" (recently named by Tiff as one of the Top 10 Canadian Films Of 2013). It's quite a feat for the filmmaker—who until now was mostly known on the arthouse circuit, notably for "Incendies" and "Polytechnique"—and was quite the arrival for the filmmaker who cemented that he's one of the best in the game right now. And now Villeneuve is considering a project that's pretty damn exciting. The director is circling up to helm the Mexico/U.S. border crime tale "Sicario." Penned by Taylor Sheridan, the "No Country For Old Men"-esque tale will follow a female cop and two male delta-force »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Hot off helming the kidnap thriller Prisoners, Denis Villeneuve is circling Sicario, a Taylor Sheridan-scripted drama that is fast coming together with Black Label financing, and producing with Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road. Black Label is the finance/production company formed by Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill. Just as Villeneuve’s films Prisoners and especially Incendies presented thrillers with complex moral dilemmas and shocking conclusions, Sicario presents a similar opportunity for the filmmaker. It focuses on the murky legal loophole that allows mercenaries to breach the border of Mexico to corral drug kingpins, as long as they are accompanied by a legitimate law officer. In this case, a female cop from Tucson accompanies two delta force-type rangers across the border to apprehend a drug lord. Once across the border, the cop finds she has stepped into No Country For Old Men terrain, with violence and depravity she never imagined. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Nearly a decade after “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” pulled off one of the biggest Oscar-night sweeps of all time, it seems almost unthinkable that it could have played out any other way. But in the days leading up to that year’s ceremony, there were whispers around town that Peter Jackson’s trilogy-capping epic couldn’t possibly win best picture, because it was (gasp!) a fantasy film — a genre the Academy had never once seen fit to honor in its 75-year existence.
Fortunately, rules are made to be broken, and 10 years on from that milestone, the Academy’s alleged prejudice against fantasy/sci-fi movies, suspense thrillers and other strands of popular storytelling seems largely a thing of the past. That’s potentially good news for some of this year’s popular prestige entries, including pictures as different as “Prisoners,” “Lone Survivor,” “Captain Phillips” and »
- Justin Chang
“Prisoners,” an ambitious drama about two kidnapped children, could be a surprise entry at this year’s Oscars. Although the film isn’t a lock for major nominations (“12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” are considered the frontrunners), it’s a darkhorse with a passionate following among audiences and some Academy members.
Shortly after the Warner Bros. thriller was released in September, Harvey Weinstein showed uncharacteristic generosity toward a competitor by calling “Prisoners” his favorite film of the year. Director Andrew Stanton and multihyphenate James Franco are also fans of the movie, having championed it on social media.
The film’s stars, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo, along with French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski, attended a recent Variety roundtable about the making of the film. Hugh Jackman, recuperating from a minor medical procedure to remove a basal cell carcinoma, joined later for a phone interview.
The R-rated “Prisoners, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
French-Canadian Denis Villeneuve said “Prisoners,” his Hollywood directing debut, made him very positive about the future: “It gave me a lot of hope about movies. I found people who were there to make cinema, to make movies, and not just to make business.” In a conversation with Variety, Villeneuve praised the film’s writer, stars and below-the-line workers, as well as Warner Bros. and Alcon. “Alcon and the producers were there to support me, not to control me, and that makes all the difference,” the director said.
Writer Aaron Guzikowski
It always starts with the script. Aaron did a fantastic job with suspense, but I was attracted to the script because those characters were struggling with inner moral conflicts. When the script came to me, I loved it, but I was in the middle of “Incendies” and I wasn’t sure I wanted to go into that darkness again. To »
- Tim Gray
If you say it three times, a link roundup appears from the other side!
By now you've heard that Tim Burton and Michael Keaton are prepping a sequel to the 1988 comedy classic Beetlejuice, largely because Burton has long since run out of ideas and better a sequel than another remake, right?! If they name it "Beetlejuice 2" instead of "Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice" I will be disappointed in their mundanity. I love that movie but honestly if this project does not star Winona Ryder I hope whoever deigns to see it will sit in the theater alone... *utterly* alone... because the rest of us should boycott. Noni was the best thing about the original aside from its playfully smart comic visuals including the Oscar winning makeup.
Now a few links...
E! Online reactions to the awful Parks and Recreations hiatus news
Women and Hollywood on male directors and depictions of female sexuality: »
- NATHANIEL R
Why Watch? This one pairs well with never eating again. A stunner from Incendies and Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve, it’s a sumptuous must-see not only for its absurdist concept from Phoebe Greenberg, but also for its top flight execution of the bizarre. In the short, a stately dinner party is taking place where a cacophony of animals is being laid before a ravenous chorus of well-dressed mayhem. A string quartet sings in the background, waiters flutter about with speed to replace disappearing food and every diner has a fine layer of dust on their clothes. Then, something startling happens. With table top views, Villeneuve slurps out every ounce of gastronomical disgust like marrow from the bone. Shanks, arms, legs, offal and full bodies are laid out for the patrons who snatch and grab like possessed castaways who’ve finally made it back to shore. A political message is there if you want it, but »
- Scott Beggs
Australian moviegoers were faced with a choice between seeing a Us thriller starring Hugh Jackman and an English time-travelling comedy drama last weekend.
In the end it was no contest: Sci-fi/rom-com About Time won hands down against Prisoners. Perhaps that.s no great surprise because Prisoners, the first English-language film from Incendies director Denis Villeneuve, is a gritty, dark tale about the kidnapping of two young girls.
Jackman plays the father of one of the victims, a carpenter, who takes matters into his own hands when the suspected kidnapper (Paul Dano) is released for lack of evidence. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the detective in charge of the case.
It took $1.1 million on 206 screens. One exhibitor who was hoping for a stronger opening.blames the depressed state of the box-office, opining more people might have turned up if trading were buoyant.
- Don Groves
Like many others that delivered Gravity the largest October opening weekend ever, I too caught Alfonso Cuaron's latest a second time. I gave it a "B+" when I reviewed it out of Toronto and would probably give it the same grade again after a second viewing, or perhaps a "B". The biggest problem for me is the lack of emotional attachment I felt for the characters. I felt for Bullock's character more on just a human level, and a concern for her well-being out of simply not wanting to see her die. However, it didn't extend beyond that after hearing more about her. Perhaps she can merely be a representative of the human race, but I would have liked a little more. Visually, though, it's a marvel. Additionally I caught About Time, Carrie, Runner Runner and Captain Phillips in theaters this week as well as watched Denis Villeneuve's early film, »
- Brad Brevet
Having tackled a story featuring a talking fish in Maelstrom (2000), explored the real life massacre of 14 female students in Polytechnique(2009), and delved into the Middle East conflict with a brother and sister trying to unravel the past of their mother in Incendies (2010), Denis Villeneuve readily admits, “I feel alive when I take risks.” The creative inclination has continued as the publicity tired Villeneuve promoted two of his latest efforts at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival which mark his English-speaking and Hollywood debuts. Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Zodiac) is the cinematic adaptation of the novel The Double by José Saramago; the story revolves around a university lecturer who seeks out an actor who looks exactly like him. Prisoners deals with a parent portrayed by »
Prior to lighting it up with great films like Incendies and Prisoners Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve caught our attention with his 2008 short film Next Floor. There really is not a single thing that we can say about it except that we love it very much and it is now available for everyone to see! During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with hordes of servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events destabilizes the endless symphony of abundance....
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★★☆☆☆ Incendies (2010) director Denis Villeneuve was once quoted as saying "In contradiction and paradox, you can find truth." However, in the case of his English-language debut Prisoners (2013), it's hard to comprehend where Villeneuve stands on the validity of "truth" elicited through torture. In a grey Pennsylvanian town during a rain-drenched Thanksgiving, the Birch and Dover families are faced with every parent's worst nightmare. On discovering their daughters have gone missing, Nancy and Franklin Birch (Viola Davis, Terrance Howard) are distraught, whilst Grace Dover (Maria Bello) struggles to comprehend the situation.
Grace's husband, the gruff, flannel shirt-adorned carpenter Keller (Hugh Jackman, channelling his inner Wolverine) refuses to sit by and leave the investigation to local grease-ball Detective Loki (a tattooed Jake Gyllenhaal). With every minute that passes diminishing the likelihood of his daughter being found alive, Keller takes matters into his own hands, kidnapping the chief suspect - a wispy-voiced, mentally disturbed »
- CineVue UK
It was a busy week for me outside of work and I wasn't able to watch anything in the way of movies outside of seeing Baggage Claim as my first theatrical experience following the Toronto Film Festival, and you already read how that went. My upcoming week, however, is packed. In five days I'll be seeing at least four films, maybe five, including About Time, Carrie, Runner, Runner and Captain Phillips. I've also got a couple of Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) films here from Netflix I'm looking to watch, including Maelstrom and Incendies, which I never saw and seems to be a tremendously divisive film. I'm curious about Maelstrom, which apparently includes a rather graphic abortion scene. That should be fun. But enough about me, what did you watchc »
- Brad Brevet
The English language debut from Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, his follow-up to the Oscar nominated Incendies, Prisoners, at it's core, plays with our fears and emotions, presenting us with a scenario feared by just about everybody: our helplessness when a child goes missing. Jumping off from that, Villeneuve, helped immensely by cinematographer Roger Deakins (adding to his already impressive back catalogue, including Skyfall, Jarhead, Fargo, and The Big Lebowski), weaves an absorbing, layered mystery that suffocates the audience with an overwhelming sense of dread and tension. Hugh Jackman plays Keller Dover, a failing carpenter, whose life is turned upside down when his daughter, and the daughter of his neighbour (Terence Howard) go missing. When the prime suspect, mentally challenged Alex Jones (Paul Dano), is released without charges, Dover is driven to the edge, and takes matters into his own hands, kidnapping and torturing Jones, who he believes knows more than he is. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Lucky for director Denis Villeneuve that Clint Eastwood's "A Star is Born" remake with Beyonce Knowles fell through, allowing him to work with Eastwood's long-time editors Joel Cox and Gary Roach on the riveting child kidnapping thriller, "Prisoners," which took the top spot at last weekend's box office. It meant that Villeneuve ("Incendies") was in good hands editorially on his first Hollywood movie, a parable about anger, obsession, and vulnerability that gets under your skin like "Silence of the Lambs" or "Zodiac." Then again, "Prisoners" is similar to Eastwood's best movies in the way it's performance-driven and classically structured, but with a greater fondness for long takes. Villeneuve certainly likes to linger on Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. And Cox and Roach were primed for distilling primal moments of truth. The editors can't say enough good things about working with Villeneuve. He knew exactly what he wanted and delivered what they. »
- Bill Desowitz
With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases. Looking to Prisoners, Enough Said and Rush for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of missing person thrillers, heartfelt comedies, and captivating sports stories. Prisoners In Canadian director Denis Villeneuve.s chilling follow-up to his Oscar-nominated Incendies, Hugh Jackman stars as a man whose world and moral compass are thrown out of whack when his six-year-old daughter goes missing. When he thinks the local police force is mishandling the case, he takes the rescue of his daughter into his own hands. Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, and Melissa Leo co-star. Read our full review here. In Prisoners the apparent abduction of his daughter »
Hugh Jackman stars as the father of a missing girl in this convoluted crime thriller
Canadian director Denis Villeneuve is known and admired for his 2010 movie Incendies, a mysterious and involved tale that I thought worked as a kind of prose-poem about memory and identity, and about how violence and bloodshed are the creator/parents of a traumatised future – but I wondered about its straightforward believability as drama. Now Villeneuve has made his first English-language film, Prisoners, a long, brutal and occasionally gripping forensic crime drama. Hugh Jackman stars as a man whose little daughter has been kidnapped; Jake Gyllenhaal is the cop assigned to the case, and Paul Dano is the disturbed individual who holds the key to the whole thing. This movie keeps plenty of suspects in play, along with multiple plotlines running and plates spinning. It all finally ties up – sort of. Prisoners is as involved and »
- Peter Bradshaw
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