Previewing 'Prisoners'

The latest KCET Cinema Series selection is a thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo. A Boston man kidnaps the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend after the police fail to find the girls and are forced to release the suspect.

"Prisoners" Screening Info:

Date/Time:

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013
    7:00 PM

Guest:

  • Director Denis Villenueve

Location:

  • Aero Theatre
    1328 Montana Ave
    Santa Monica, CA 90403


Please call (747) 201-5800 for reservations.

The synopsis:

From Alcon Entertainment comes "Prisoners," a Warner Bros. Pictures' release starring Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman ("Les Misérables") and Jake Gyllenhaal ("Brokeback Mountain"), under the direction of Denis Villeneuve, who helmed the Oscar-nominated foreign language film "Incendies."

How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces his release.

As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

Led by Jackman and Gyllenhaal, the dramatic thriller "Prisoners" features an all-star cast, including Maria Bello ("Beautiful Boy") as Keller's distraught wife, Grace; Oscar nominees Terrence Howard ("Hustle & Flow") and Viola Davis ("The Help," "Doubt") as Franklin and Nancy Birch, whose daughter Joy went missing with the Dovers'; Academy Award winner Melissa Leo ("The Fighter") as Alex Jones' Aunt Holly; and Paul Dano ("Looper") as Alex Jones.

Denis Villeneuve directs the film from an original screenplay by Aaron Guzikowski ("Contraband"). Kira Davis, Adam Kolbrenner, and Academy Award nominees Broderick Johnson and Andrew A. Kosove ("The Blind Side") are the producers, with John Starke, Ed McDonnell, Stephen Levinson, Robyn Meisinger and Mark Wahlberg serving as executive producers.

Villeneuve is supported by a top-flight creative team that includes 10-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins ("Skyfall"), Oscar-nominated production designer Patrice Vermette ("The Young Victoria"), Oscar-winning editor Joel Cox ("Unforgiven"), editor Gary Roach ("J. Edgar"), and costume designer Renée April ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes").

Alcon Entertainment's "Prisoners" is scheduled for release on September 20, 2013, and will be distributed domestically by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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