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.