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Denis Villeneuve
Canada, Spain 2013 / 90’

A film interpretation on the subject of doppelgangers and an adaptation of JoséSaramago’s The Double. A clumsy history teacher (Jake Gyllenhaal in a dual role) spots a face identical to his own in the background of a film he is watching. Both fascinated and horrified, he decides to find out who the actor is, and discovers someone identical to himself, right down to the smallest scar. Even their partners look like sisters. When their paths finally cross and their fates merge, the consequences of this event cannot be undone. Denis Villeneuve’s film goes beyond the formula of a classic thriller in the direction of an atmospheric, existentialist drama of the absurd. The way in which the subject is dealt with is rather Kafkaesque, while the dark atmosphere and a certain visual dose are reminiscent of the work of David Cronenberg. This is a visually tasteful film that is intoxicated with its own mystery and full of (sexual) tension. It is a dreamlike film that is not interested in rational answers.

Anna Tatarska


Sitges - Catalonian IFF 2013 - Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver; Best Editing in Feature Lenght at Canadian Cinema Editors Award (Matthew Hannam); Genie Awards 2014 - Canadia Screen Award (Achievement in Cinematography for Nicolas Bolduc; Achievement in Direction for Denis Villeneuve’ Achievement in Editing for Matthew Hannam; Achievement in Music - Original Score for Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans; Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Sarah Gadon)

Denis Villeneuve

Born in 1967 in Gentilly, Quebec, Denis Villeneuve is a Canadian director and three-time winner of the country’s most important award, the Genie Award for Best Director, for Maelström, Politechnique, and Incendies, the last of which also brought him a nomination for an Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language Film, as well as worldwide critical acclaim. He has long been mentioned as being at the forefront of the most interesting up-and-coming young filmmakers. He is currently working on his American debut film, the thriller Sicario.

Selected filmography

2000 Maelström

2009 Politechnika / Polytechnique

2010 Pogorzelisko / Incendies

2013 Labirynt / Prisoners

2013 Wróg / Enemy

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Cast & Crew

director Denis Villeneuve
screenplay Javier Gullon (based on a book by José Saramago)
cinematography Nicolas Bolduc
editing Matthew Hannam
music Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
cast Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini, Sarah Gadon
producer M.A. Faura, Niv Fichman
production A Pathé, Entertainment One presentation of a Rhombus Media, Roxbury Pictures production in association with Mecanismo Films, micro_scope
Polish distributor M2 Films
language English
colouration colour