Prisoners Director Denis Villeneuve On Catholicism, Pushing Actors And The Beauty Of Rain

By Sean O'Connell 2013-09-05 08:57:21discussion comments
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Most directors would move mountains to get one movie showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival. Incendies director Denis Villeneuve has two this year.

ďIím still trying to figure out if thatís a good idea,Ē the directors said with a laugh as we settled into a quiet hotel room in the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto. This still, technically, is the calm before the storm. The festival kicks off Thursday evening with a screening of Bill Condonís The Fifth Estate. Villeneuve will be torn left and right over the next few days as he supports both of his films: Prisoners; and Enemy.

I caught Prisoners Wednesday night. Itís a searing, meat-and-potatoes police procedural thatís elevated to a higher level by Hugh Jackman (who is raw and brutal), Jake Gyllenhaal and some fantastic Roger Deakins cinematography. Read my reaction to the film here. And then settle in for this candid conversation with Villeneueve, where we discuss the strong Catholic symbolism in his thriller, how they chased bad weather to make sure rain worked as a ďcharacter,Ē and how he has developed a powerful working relationship with Gyllenhaal (who also stars in Enemy, a TIFF entry).



Prisoners opens in theaters on Sept. 20.
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