TORONTO shows off its yellow sky/smoggy side in Denis Villeneuve’s new film “ENEMY”. Adapted from José Saramago’s novel “The Double”, the movie was shot here rather than in Brazil (the novel’s setting) with TORONTO doing its best to look ugly and forbidding. JAKE GYLLENHAAL plays the lead.
DENIS VILLENEUVE: “TORONTO became an obvious choice very quickly, and honestly I never regretted it. It’s a very cinematic city with tons of places (to shoot).
“We tried to keep it as this smoggy metropolis; sometimes it even looks like a big monster. We were really lucky with the weather. In the script, the sky was always grey and yellow, and it was like that while we were shooting. One of the executives at Telefilm Canada said, ‘Maybe you went too far with the smog.’ We told him ‘Unfortunately this is real.’
“I had a budget for special effects but I didn’t have to add anything to those shots. I was so happy about that.”
DENIS VILLENEUVE was born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. His films have been selected by festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance, Toronto and Telluride. He has won more than 130 international awards, and his feature “Incendies” was nominated for a ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ Academy Award in 2011.