Jake Gyllenhaal credits Montreal’s Denis Villeneuve for his Prisoners break out

A little home town promotion.


Jake Gyllenhaal knows a good storyteller when he’s directed by one.

So, halfway through shooting Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy he signed up for the Oscar-nominated Montrealer’s first Hollywood movie called Prisoners opening in theatres Sept. 20.

After well-received film festival premieres, first at Telluride and then in Toronto, the Villeneuve thriller is predicted to be headed toward the glitz of the 2014 Academy Awards.

In Prisoners, Gyllenhaal plays a focused detective investigating the disappearance of two small town Pennsylvania girls on Thanksgiving.

Hugh Jackman plays a right-wing survivalist who takes the law into his own hands when his daughter and her friend are reported missing. Paul Dano is the suspect eventually released and tracked down by Jackman’s father.

Rounding out the cast are Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis and Maria Bello,

But it is Gyllenhaal at the centre and impressive enough that he’s in the early conversation for an Oscar…

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