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Interview: Denis Villeneuve on "Arrival" and his Future with Sci-Fi

12 January 2017 6:40 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

by Nathaniel R

Though awards season is a roller coaster of emotion each year, one of its purely happiest annual trends is the sudden recognition of talent that have been doing consistently fine work all along. This year's "it's about time!" contender is surely 49 year old French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve. A famous director at home with six wins at Canada's own Oscars, "the Genies," people are still learning his name in Hollywood and beyond. His international breakthrough was Incendies (2010) about twin siblings journeying to the war torn Middle East. It was nominated for the BAFTA and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. Since that breakthrough his profile in Hollywood has steadily risen and he's shown a gift for directing movie stars, versatility with genre, and a particularly refined skill at building and maintaining tension at feature length which has provided thrilling moments in all of his recent films from »

- NATHANIEL R

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Denis Villeneuve, Kelly Fremon Craig And Dan Trachtenberg Among Nominees For DGA Awards

12 January 2017 12:17 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

What a year it’s been for writer-director Denis Villeneuve. Following the one-two punch of Prisoners and Sicario, in 2016 the filmmaker crafted a stunning, cerebral sci-fi in the form of Arrival, and will remain in the genre for not only Blade Runner 2049, but also Legendary’s embryonic Dune reboot.

For Villeneuve, it’s Arrival that has fired his name directly into the Oscar race, and while we wait patiently for The Academy to select its nominees (keep your peepers peeled on January 24), the latest round of nominations are in. This time, it’s the Directors Guild of America’s turn to announce their candidates for this year’s ceremony and sure enough, Denis Villeneuve is among the nominees. He’s in the running for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film, a title Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Garth Davis (Lion) and Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea »

- Michael Briers

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‘Arrival’: How DGA Nominee Denis Villeneuve Shaped His Unique Oscar Contender

12 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

There’s no question that “Arrival” is one of the best-crafted movies of 2016 — its many critics group and guild nominations attest to this. On Oscar nominations morning, the sci-fi drama will likely dominate the field along with “La La Land.” And in a competitive year for the Best Actress Oscar, Amy Adams is in contention for a slot.

Read More: ‘Arrival’ Star Amy Adams: Queen of the Fall Festivals ands Maybe Oscar

All that said, there’s no way this film’s smart script and unique visuals would have survived a studio’s development process.

The movie boasts an unusual pedigree: Independently produced by Fox’s 21 Laps producer Shawn Levy, Film Nation and Lava Bear, and acquired by Paramount at auction for $20 million at Cannes 2014, “Arrival” is far from Hollywood standard fare. It’s custom-made and idiosyncratic in all the right ways. Montreal filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, who has charted »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Arrival’: How DGA Nominee Denis Villeneuve Shaped His Unique Oscar Contender

12 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There’s no question that “Arrival” is one of the best-crafted movies of 2016 — its many critics group and guild nominations attest to this. On Oscar nominations morning, the sci-fi drama will likely dominate the field along with “La La Land.” And in a competitive year for the Best Actress Oscar, Amy Adams is in contention for a slot.

Read More: ‘Arrival’ Star Amy Adams: Queen of the Fall Festivals ands Maybe Oscar

All that said, there’s no way this film’s smart script and unique visuals would have survived a studio’s development process.

The movie boasts an unusual pedigree: Independently produced by Fox’s 21 Laps producer Shawn Levy, Film Nation and Lava Bear, and acquired by Paramount at auction for $20 million at Cannes 2014, “Arrival” is far from Hollywood standard fare. It’s custom-made and idiosyncratic in all the right ways. Montreal filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, who has charted »

- Anne Thompson

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Our 100 Most-Anticipated Films of 2017

11 January 2017 9:34 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After highlighting 50 films that we can guarantee are worth seeing this year, it’s time we venture into the unknown. Rather than regurgitating a list of dated-years-in-advance studio releases, we’ve set out to focus on 100 films we’re genuinely looking forward to, regardless of their marketing budgets. While some might not have a set release — let alone any confirmed festival premiere — most have wrapped production and will likely debut at some point in 2017, so make sure to check back for updates over the next twelve months and beyond. Be sure to keep the following one-hundred films on your radar (with release dates, where applicable). If you want to see how we did with our picks last year (potentially to shame us), head on over here.

100. The Discovery (Charlie McDowell; Winter Tbd)

One of the primary pleasures of Charlie McDowell‘s directorial debut The One I Love was his ability »

- The Film Stage

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Tamika’s Favorites of 2016

7 January 2017 10:54 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

2016 was chock-full of big blockbuster releases, many of which either failed to make a sizable profit or were incredibly divisive among audiences. But out of the ashes rose a beautiful flower: the indie film. Yes, independent movies had a wonderful year, some even breaking per-theater records and making their way onto my favorites of 2016 list, which also includes a Denis Villeneuve film, a comic book series, collectibles, an excellent comprehensive horror documentary, and more.

ArrivalDenis Villeneuve's Arrival is a beautiful take on language and how communication (or the lack of proper communication) can either doom or ensure our survival as human beings on this planet. The way Villeneuve tells a story is the perfect fit for a film like Arrival because its focus is small but the ideas are big, much like his previous works, EnemySicario, and Prisoners.

My hope is that the takeaway from Arrival »

- Tamika Jones

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‘Arrival’ Visual Effects Breakdown: Watch This Detailed Video Chronicling The Building of an Alien Invasion

5 January 2017 8:04 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Since its release this past November, Denis Villeneuve’s latest film “Arrival,” about a linguistics professor (Amy Adams) who is tasked with interpreting the language of newly arrived aliens, has received widespread critical and commercial acclaim. The film has grossed over $147 million against a $47 million budget and has received two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for Adams and Best Original Score for Jóhann Jóhannsson. Watch a video below that breaks down the film’s visual effects in the exterior shots, including the alien spacecraft to tanks and trucks in wide shots.

Read More: How ‘Arrival’ Cinematographer Bradford Young Transcends Sci-Fi with Poetry

This is Villeneuve’s ninth feature film. It’s written by Eric Heisserer and based on Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life.” It co-stars Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker”), Forest Whitaker (“Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai”), Michael Stuhlbarg (“A Serious Man”), Tzi Ma »

- Vikram Murthi

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