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DENIS VILLENEUVE (Director) is an acclaimed, award-winning
auteur whose films have been embraced by critics and audiences worldwide
throughout his career. Last year, he earned global attention with the science
fiction drama "Arrival," starring Amy Adams as a linguist enlisted by the
military to make contact when alien spacecrafts land on Earth. The critically
lauded, worldwide box office hit garnered eight Academy Award nominations,
including Best Director and Best Picture.
In 2015, Villeneuve's film "Sicario" made its world premiere in competition
for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Starring Emily Blunt alongside
Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, the thriller follows an idealistic FBI agent
whose hunt for justice thrusts her into the dark heart of a lawless U.S. and
Mexican border where drugs, terror, illegal immigration and corruption challenge
her moral compass. "Sicario" earned three Oscar nominations, marking yet another
critical and box office achievement for the director.
The French-Canadian director made his Hollywood directorial debut with the
2014 film "Prisoners," a suburban vigilante drama starring Hugh Jackman and Jake
Gyllenhaal, which received an Oscar nomination and recognitions from the
National Board of Review for Best Ensemble and as one of the Top Films of the
year. In 2012, Villeneuve directed his first Englishlanguage film, "Enemy," an
eerie thriller starring Gyllenhaal as a history lecturer who discovers an
unexpected alter ego. The actor's spellbinding performance won critical raves
and sealed the director's reputation as one of cinema's most exciting new
In 2011, Villeneuve's "Incendies" put a spotlight on Canada, which
selected the film as its Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. The
French-language drama about the legacy of a civil war in the Middle East for a
Montreal immigrant family garnered the Academy Award nomination and was also
named by The New York Times among the best movies of that year.
His third film, "Polytechnique," made its world premiere at the 2009 Cannes
Film Festival in Director's Fortnight. The black-and white French-language
feature dramatized the infamous 1989 massacre of 14 young women at Montreal's
Polytechnique School of engineering. Back home, the film was recognized as the
Best Canadian Film of the year by the Toronto Film Critics Association, and was
awarded nine Canadian Screen Awards and five Jutra Awards (Quebec film awards),
most notably for Best Director.
Very early in his career, Villeneuve's films were prestige festival
favorites. His 2008 short film, "Next Floor," was honored with the Canal+ Award
presented at the Cannes' Critics Week, played in over 150 festivals around the
globe, and reaped more than 50 awards. His 1998 feature film debut, "August 32
on Earth" (Un 32 aout sur terre), premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, and
was programmed by over 35 film festivals, including official selections at
Telluride and the Toronto International Film Festival. "Maelstrom" followed,
winning the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival and also taking home
the SACD Prize from the Avignon Film Festival.
Villeneuve is currently working on an adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic
science fiction novel Dune, which he will direct.
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