This week on The Collision, we’re joined by contributing writer Jason Barr. During our discussion, we talk about Noah, the filmography of director Darren Aronofsky, religion in film, the success of films like Son of God that appeal to a specific and devoted audience, the rarity of crossover appeal for films dealing directly with religion, and much more. As always, we finish up with our recommendations.
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We have a soundtrack and a poster signed by Jake Gyllenhaal to give away before Enemy hits limited release on March 14. Gyllenhaal reunites with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve for the thriller about a university lecturer, Adam, who discovers an actor who looks just like him: “Consumed by the desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony, an actor living with his pregnant wife Helen (Sarah Gadon) and engages him in a complex and dangerous struggle.” Mélanie Laurent and Isabella Rossellini also star.
Hit the jump to find out how to enter and more on the film.
A few featurettes for two upcoming films have landed online. Firstly, three new behind-the-scenes videos for director Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem offer a look at the costumes, the main set, and Gilliam’s directorial process. The pic stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation. Also starring Melanie Thierry, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis, the film opens in the U.K. on March 14th and is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.
Additionally, a new 4-minute featurette for director Denis Villeneuve’s (Prisoners) twisty thriller Enemy has been released online. The story revolves around a university lecturer (Jake Gyllenhaal) who discovers that he has a double, whom he tracks down and engages, resulting in “a complex and dangerous struggle.” This new behind-the-scenes video offers a look at how Villeneuve managed to create two Gyllenhaals in the same scene. Also starring Maline Laurent, the film is currently available on DirecTV and will open in theaters March 14th.
A24 Films has released a full theatrical trailer and an excellent poster for Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming psychological thriller Enemy. The twisty premise revolves around a university lecturer (Jake Gyllenhaal) who discovers that he has a double, whom he tracks down and engages, resulting in “a complex and dangerous struggle.” The pic earned strong marks when it played at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, and this trailer does a nice job of teasing the dark and haunting tone with which this fascinating premise is executed.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the fantastic theatrical poster. The film also stars Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, and Isabella Rossellini. Enemy debuts exclusively on DirecTV February 6th followed by a theatrical release on March 14th.
A New Year is now upon us, and with 2014 comes another full 12 months of new films to look forward to. It will no doubt be filled with its fair share of disappointments, but right now we’re full of optimism as we look towards the first quarter. The next three months host a promisingly varied slate of films that include a goofy animated adventure, a World War II picture, a new Muppets movie, a Biblical epic, and much more. In the latest installment of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, and Dave have compiled a list of the films that they are most looking forward to in the first quarter of 2014. Read on after the jump.
Director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) makes his studio debut with this weekend’s solid thriller Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, but Villeneuve also has another Gyllenhaal-fronted film poised to be released soon, and it’s decidedly more twisted. Enemy, like Prisoners, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, and while I was unable to make it to any screenings of the pic, I heard plenty of great/terrifying things about the film from others. Gyllenhaal stars as a paranoid teacher who believes that he has found his exact doppelganger and he sets out to find out who this person is. I’ve been told not to learn too much about the film before going in, but this teaser trailer and excellent poster are damn tantalizing.
Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer and poster. The film also stars Melanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon and recently secured distribution from A24 Films.
A few more exciting acquisition deals have been announced out of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Briefly:
- Joe – Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have taken U.S. rights to director David Gordon Green’s drama, per THR. Nicolas Cage stars as an ex-con who befriends a hard-luck kid, played by Tye Sheridan. Additionally, WestEnd Films will handle a number of other territories including the UK and Japan. Click here to watch Steve’s interview with Cage and Green at TIFF.
- Enemy – One of the buzziest titles at TIFF was director Dennis Villeneuve’s trippy pic, starring Jake Gyllenhaal in dual roles. Per The Wrap, A24 Films is in final talks to acquire U.S. rights to the film after an intense bidding war, and a platform release in the spring is planned. This is one of two Villeneuve/Gyllenhaal films at TIFF, with the other being Prisoners.
- Under the Skin – Per THR, A24 Films has also acquired another much talked-about TIFF film, director Jonathan Glazer’s (Sexy Beast) erotic alien thriller starring Scarlett Johansson. Glazer used hidden cameras and non-actors to portray the victims of Johansson’s alien invader, and word has been very positive.
Hit the jump for the press releases, and look for Matt’s reviews of Joe and Under the Skin on Collider soon. Click here to catch up on all of our TIFF 2013 coverage thus far.
The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has added a few more films to its already stellar lineup. Here’s a brief look at some of the Canadian productions that have been added:
- Enemy – Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners), the thriller features Jake Gyllenhaal pulling double duty as two characters and tells the story of a man who is torn between his mistress and his wife.
- The F Word – A romantic comedy from director Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight) that stars Daniel Radcliffe as a young man who, upon finding out that the girl he just met lives with her long-term boyfriend, resigns himself to being “just friends.” Adam Driver also stars.
- Tom at the Farm – A dark new thriller from director Xavier Dolan that tells the story of a man returning home for a funeral, only to find himself embroiled in a twisted game.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of additions. The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5-15th.