Denis Villeneuve

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Denis Villeneuve
Denis Villeneuve 2013 TIFF.jpg
Villeneuve at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
Born (1967-10-03) October 3, 1967 (age 47)
Gentilly, Canada
Occupation Film director
Years active 1994–present
Spouse(s) Macha Grenon

Denis Villeneuve (French: [dəni vilnœv]; born October 3, 1967) is a French-Canadian film director and writer.

Life and career[edit]

Villeneuve was born in Gentilly, Quebec. In his early career he won Radio-Canada's youth film competition "La Course Europe-Asie" in 1990–91.[1] He is a three-time winner of the Genie Award for Best Director, for Maelström in 2001, Polytechnique in 2010[2] and Incendies in 2011.[3] All three films also won the Best Picture award.

His 2010 film Incendies represented Canada at the 83rd Academy Awards in the category of Best Foreign Language Film[4] and made the list of nominees.[5] In January 2011 he was selected as one of the top ten filmmakers to watch.[6] Incendies is considered by the New York Times as one of the 10 best films of 2011.[7]

Villeneuve won Best Director for his thriller, Enemy (2013), at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards, and it was also nominated as Best Picture.

In December 2013 Villeneuve was set to direct the crime thriller film Sicario scripted by Taylor Sheridan,[8] in which Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and Emily Blunt would be starring as leads.[9]


Year Film Type Other notes
1994 REW-FFWD short Produced by the National Film Board of Canada[10]
1996 Cosmos short Presented at Directors' Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival
1998 Un 32 août sur terre Un Certain Regard section, Cannes Film Festival
2000 Maelström FIPRESCI Prize, Berlin International Film Festival
2008 Next Floor short Prize of Best Short Film, Cannes Film Festival
2009 Polytechnique Presented at Cannes Film Festival
2010 Incendies Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011
2013 Prisoners Premiered at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival
2013 Enemy Premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
2015 Sicario Filming


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