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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
One filmmaker on the rise in a big way is Denis Villeneuve, from Quebec, Canada, who just premiered his latest film Sicario to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival (here's our review). He's next set to direct the Blade Runner sequel/reboot/restart with Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, not to mention Roger Deakins as cinematographer. His previous work is also impressive (and worth seeking out): Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy. And if you want to go back even further, you can now watch his 2008 short film Next Floor that mocks the "endless symphony of abundance". It's a wicked commentary on excess that's powerful to watch. Thanks to The Playlist for the tip on this short. Description from Vimeo: During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with cavalier servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, »
- Alex Billington
It's a good time to be a filmmaker from Quebec these days. With the international successes of the Quebecois directors- Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners, Sicario and tapped to direct upcoming Blade Runner sequel), Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y., Dallas Buyer's Club, Wild), Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar, The Good Lie), Quebec is once again recognized as a great incubator for cinematic talent. I discovered director/musician Stéphane Lafleur at this year's New Directors/New Films series. His lovely film Tu dors Nicole had me searching for all his previous films. Unlike the above mentioned directors, Lafleur possesses altogether different sensibilities: his droll, absurd humor and portrayal of loneliness are often akin to that of many Scandinavian filmmakers or Urlich Seidl or even early Tsai Ming-Liang. I had a chance to...
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Anyone who has seen Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy” knows that the filmmaker does not always gravitate toward linear storytelling closed off to interpretation and analysis. “Prisoners” is more clear-cut, but Villeneuve does a great job maintaining speculation and intrigue throughout the thriller. Even the incredible “Incendies,” which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film four years ago, is a rollercoaster ride with unpredictable reveals and reversals. Still, none of these films come quite as close to mind-bendingly perplexing as his 2008 short, “Next Floor.” Read More: 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel. “Next Floor”—a virtually dialogue free nine-minutes—takes place entirely around a dining table. A hodgepodge of gluttonous individuals—mostly men, but with a few women—all in dusty clothing, eagerly and rapidly cram as much food into their mouths as possible. The spread is lavish (and sorry, vegetarians, you’ll most likely find it. »
- Zach Hollwedel
With Harrison Ford back as Rick Deckard, Denis Villeneuve in the director's chair, and Ryan Gosling eyeing a key role, the Blade Runner sequel was already in good hands, but now fans have another big reason to get excited, as it was recently announced that cinematographer Roger Deakins joined the film's crew:
Press Release (via The Playlist) -- "Los Angeles, CA, May, 20, 2015 – Twelve-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins will join director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) on Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Deakins, who will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22 reteams with Villeneuve on what will be their third feature collaboration, havingpreviously worked together on Alcon’s Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Villeneuve’s upcoming film Sicario, a drug-trafficking drama starring Emily Blunt, »
- Derek Anderson
Variety critics Scott Foundas, Justin Chang, Peter Debruge, Guy Lodge, Jay Weissberg and Maggie Lee weighed in with their choices for the 21 best films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (listed in alphabetical order):
1. “Amy.” British director Asif Kapadia followed up his 2010 “Senna” with this even more daring and revealing portrait of the brilliant but tragic jazz diva Amy Winehouse. Drawing on a wealth of professional and user-generated video, Kapadia again eschews the usual talking-heads interview format to keep WInehouse front and center for two harrowing hours, during which we come to understand how thoroughly the troubled singer lived her life under the camera’s relentless and unforgiving gaze. The result is an unforgettable portrait of the cult of celebrity in the iPhone era. (Scott Foundas)
- Variety Staff
Reporting from the Cannes Film Festival. Quebecois director Denis Villeneuve is quickly becoming a crucial voice in cinema, crafting human stories of immense power and durability. His one-two-three punch of Incendies, Prisoners and Enemy has been enough to get him noticed in film-savvy circles, but his latest film Sicario may be his best work to date. It's a bleak drug-trade thriller on the surface but deep down it's really a dense character study with comments on the violence in this modern world. It's in the same ballpark as other modern commentaries like Traffic and Zero Dark Thirty but with its own unique flavor. Emily Blunt dominates the film as Kate Macer, an FBI agent with a tough exterior in a male dominated field. When we're first introduced to her she's just discovered a gruesome find tied to a major drug cartel operating on both sides of the U.S.A. »
- Marco Cerritos
Aaron Paul is in negotiations to join Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Amy Ryan and Danielle Nicolet in Rawson Marshall Thurber's action comedy "Central Intelligence" at New Line. Filming is underway in Boston.
Hart plays a boring accountant who was previously the cool guy in high school. He reconnects with an acquaintance (Johnson), a formerly bullied nerd who turns out to be a rogue spy. Paul will play Johnson's CIA partner who seemingly sacrifices himself for Johnson. [Source: THR]
The Belko Experiment
Greg McLean helms and James Gunn produces the film which deals with an American company after it’s mysteriously sealed off in South America. It's currently targeting a May 5th 2017 release. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
The first clip for Denis Villeneuve's drug war thriller Sicario has arrived. The film stars Emily Blunt as an idealistic FBI agent enlisted by members of a government task force (Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro) to take out a Mexican cartel boss. Sicario reunites Villeneuve, one of the most promising young directors, with his Prisoners cinematographer, Roger Deakins, one of the greatest living directors of photography, making it one of my most anticipated films of the year. And having seen this clip, I'm even more thrilled by the idea of Villeneuve and Deakins teaming up for Blade Runner 2. As always, Deakins knows exactly what to bring to the table to fulfill the unique needs of each film. Sicario looks austere; a palette of taupe and desert sand with highlights of blue, and a huge contrast to the grey, green frostiness of Prisoners. I truly can't wait to see »
- Haleigh Foutch
You could sort of say we’re on his jock and we wouldn’t argue much. This is because French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve has been non-stop killing it in recent years and he’s the kind of filmmaker we love because he uses genre as a Trojan Horse to explore the heart and soul of mankind. He’s a thinking man’s filmmaker and it shows in his work. The searing drama “Incendies” earned him a Foreign Language Academy Award nomination, “Enemy” with Jake Gyllenhaal was a nightmarish existentialist thriller, and “Prisoners” with Gyllenhaal again and Hugh Jackman was a bruising crime procedural. Since then, everyone wants to work with Villeneuve cause they’ve also seen the work and noticed he’s the real deal. Read More: Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel. He’s already bagged the coveted director’s chair for the “Blade Runner” sequel, »
- Edward Davis
Read More: Denis Villeneuve on Seeing 'Enemy' For the First Time at Tiff and Pushing Hugh Jackman to the Limit in 'Prisoners' Life is pretty swell for Canadian director Denis Villeneuve. In 2010, he earned worldwide recognition for scoring a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nomination for "Incendies." Five years later, he's at the Cannes Film Festival with "Sicario," his first film to play in the main competition, and about to start work on a new "Blade Runner" movie starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. Like his last two films "Prisoners" and "Enemy," "Sicario" is taut, tense and bleak. It centers on a young female FBI agent (Emily Blunt), who teams with the CIA to take down a Mexican cartel boss. Indiewire sat down with Villeneuve in Cannes to discuss the portrayal of violence in his work, re-teaming with his "Prisoners" and "Sicario" Dp Roger Deakins for the "Blade »
- Nigel M Smith
Over at the Cannes Film Festival, the buzz seems to change each and every single day to the fancy new toy, or in this case…movie. Recently, the big exciting debut was Sicario, which got some of the fest’s best reviews a day or two ago. Chief among the praise was the cinematography of Roger Deakins, a legend in his field. He’s my choice for the best Director of Photography in the business right now, and one of the most overdue people in the industry in terms of not having an Oscar on his mantle. Could Sicario give him his first Academy Award win? When I ran down my picks for the best cinematographers right now in Hollywood, I made Deakins my number one pick. This is what I had to say: “My pick for the best in the business right now, Deakins is the most overdue cinematographer ever, »
- Joey Magidson
Denis Villeneuve to direct sci-fi sequel.
Deakins, who will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow (May 22) reteams with Villeneuve.
Deakins received his latest Oscar nomination this year for his work on Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. He was previously nominated for Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and True Grit; Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption; Martin Scorsese’s Kundun; Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Stephen Daldry’s The Reader, which he shared with Chris Menges; and, more recently, Prisoners and Sam Mendes’ Skyfall.
Film is scheduled »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The 1982 original featured the classic line: “If only you could see what I’ve seen with your eyes.” That quote was never more apt, as Blade Runner 2 has hired cinematographer Roger Deakins to paint with light on the much-anticipated sequel.
Well-known for his diverse collaborations with directors such as the Coen Brothers, Deakins’ trip to a futuristic Los Angeles reunites him with helmer Denis Villeneuve. They previously joined forces on Prisoners and Sicario. The tale will take audiences back to the genre-defining urban setting of Ridley Scott’s oft-re-released masterpiece, and a world of dirty detectives and runaway replicants. Ryan Gosling is reportedly to star, alongside grizzled robot catcher par excellence Harrison Ford.
Alcon Entertainment are producing Hampton Fancher and Michael Green’s script, derived from Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? and a story co-created by Scott. Though the lack of his unmatchable eye behind »
- Steve Palace
Ridley Scott may be stepping away from the director's chair for the long-gestating Blade Runner 2, but another filmmaking legend will be getting behind the camera, at least. Cinematographer. Roger Deakins, the director of photography who has been nominated for a total of 12 Oscars - yet inexplicably has yet to be awarded one by the Academy - has been tapped to reteam with his Prisoners collaborator Denis Villeneuve, the latter of whom has taken on directorial duties for Blade Runner 2.
While Deakins was not part of the 1982 original cult classic that featured Scott loosely adapting Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into a hypnotically noirish mood piece, the cinematographer has a long career that includes many genre films. Most recently, he was the director of photography on Skyfall, but his career also includes such unforgettable work as No Country For Old Men, »
“Roger is an extraordinary talent and we are very excited that Denis and Roger have chosen to continue their collaboration in bringing the sequel to Blade Runner to the big screen,” state Alcon Entertainment co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Blade Runner 2 has been written by Hampton Fancher (co-writer of the original) and Michael Green (Green Lantern), with Ridley Scott producing. Harrison Ford is confirmed as reprising the role of Rick Deckard, while Ryan Gosling is reported to be in talks to co-star.
- Gary Collinson
While we know next to nothing about the plot for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, we do know that at the very least, it's going to look gorgeous, as renowned cinematographer Roger Deakins has joined the team. Come inside to learn more.
Blade Runner 2 is moving full steam ahead. Just a couple months ago it was announced Denis Villenueve had been hired on to direct the sequel, with Harrison Ford set to return, and it looks like they're starting to build up the rest of the necessary behind the scenes crew to get production moving. Announced at Cannes, Roger Deakins, the cinematographer behind Prisoners, Skyfall, Fargo, and Many others has been hired on as the Dop for the new movie. Deakins has worked with Villenueve on his last two movies, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
The original Blade Runner is still a visually striking movie, and »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
If you still have concerns about the Blade Runner sequel, you can now seemingly rest assured that it should look good. Because director Denis Villeneuve has hired regular collaborator (and even more regular Oscar nominee) Roger Deakins as his cinematographer for the film.The sequel is still in development, with Hampton Fancher and Michael Green at work on the script. While Ryan Gosling has reportedly been in talks to star in the movie, there is no confirmation of a deal or whether he even got to the negotiating stage. Plot details naturally remain scant, but we do know that Harrison Ford in aboard to reprise his iconic role as conflicted cop Rick Deckard.Deakins, who has now been nominated for 12 Oscars without a win, worked with Villeneuve on Prisoners and the director’s latest, Sicario, which has been premiering at Cannes. “Roger is an extraordinary talent and we are very »
This is when everyone should finally lose their sh*t. It has been officially announced that the new Blade Runner movie, being directed by Denis Villeneuve, will feature Roger Deakins as cinematographer. What?! Deakins?! Awesome, just awesome. Roger Deakins is one of the best cinematographers working today, only rivaled by the likes of Emmanuel Lubezki or Janusz Kaminski . He has been working with Denis Villeneuve on his last two films, shooting both Prisoners and Sicario (which just premiered at Cannes) for the Quebecois filmmaker. They'll move onto Blade Runner, even though it likely won't start shooting until 2016 sometime. No other details were revealed, and the press release doesn't even mention Gosling (yet). "Roger is an extraordinary talent and we are very excited that Denis and Roger have chosen to continue their collaboration in bringing the sequel to Blade Runner to the big screen," the producers said. Here's all we do »
- Alex Billington
In the immortal words of Calvin Candie, "You had my curiosity. Now, you have my attention." Obviously, the currently untitled Blade Runner sequel is a hot topic for many film geeks, sweatily typing in front of their computers. The first film is a seminal science-fiction film from Ridley Scott, and it not being tampered with is a huge concern for people, though Scott certainly has gone back to it a number of times (there's a box set with five separate cuts of the first film on it). However, the people being brought onto the picture are of some really high quality talent. First off, the sequel will be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy). And it has just been announced that he will be re-teaming with his Prisoners and forthcoming Sicario director of photography, the twelve-time Oscar nominated legend Roger Deakins, for the film. Refer back to Candie's words for that bit of information. »
- Mike Shutt
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