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 near Trois-Rivières, 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]

In February 2015, it was announced that Villeneuve would direct the sequel to Blade Runner.[10] Harrison Ford will reprise his role, and it will take place several decades after the original. Ridley Scott is set to produce the film for 20th Century Fox.[11]


Year Film Type Other notes
1994 REW-FFWD short Produced by the National Film Board of Canada[12]
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
TBA Untitled Blade Runner sequel[13] Pre-production
TBA Story of Your Life [14] Pre-production


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  2. ^ "Polytechnique sweeps Genie Awards". Toronto Star, April 12, 2010.
  3. ^ "Villeneuve’s Incendies wins eight Genies, including best picture". The Globe and Mail, March 10, 2011.
  4. ^ Vlessing, Etan (September 22, 2010). "Canada picks 'Incendies' to vie for Oscar". hollywoodreporter. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards". Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
  6. ^ "Variety taps Canadians among directors to watch". CBC News. January 3, 2011. 
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  8. ^ "Denis Villeneuve In Talks To Direct Mexican Crime Drama Sicario for Black Flag". 6 December 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Josh Brolin to Star Opposite Emily Blunt in Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Sicario’". 30 May 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "‘Blade Runner’ Sequel Has Found Its Director!". 26 February 2015. Retrieved 26 Feb 2015. 
  11. ^ "Denis Villeneuve In Talks to Direct 'Blade Runner' Sequel". 26 February 2015. Retrieved 26 Feb 2015. 
  12. ^ "REW-FFWD" (Online film). National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Harrison Ford to Return for ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel Directed by Denis Villeneuve" (Online article). Variety. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
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