Denis Villeneuve

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Denis Villeneuve
Denis Villeneuve Cannes 2015.jpg
Villeneuve at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1967-10-03) October 3, 1967 (age 48)
Gentilly, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Film director
Years active 1994–present

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.

Villeneuve directed the crime thriller film Sicario, scripted by Taylor Sheridan,[8] and starring Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, and Josh Brolin.[9] The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[10]

In May 2014, it was revealed Villeneuve will direct the film Story of Your Life, based on the short story by author Ted Chiang, from an adapted script by Eric Heisserer.[11] The film stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.[12]

In February 2015, it was announced that Villeneuve would direct the sequel to Blade Runner.[13] 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 Warner Bros.[14]


Year Film Type Other notes
1994 REW-FFWD short Produced by the National Film Board of Canada[15]
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 Premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
2016 Story of Your Life[11] Filming
TBA Untitled Blade Runner sequel[16] 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. 
  7. ^
  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. ^ "2015 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Cannes: Paramount Confirms ‘Story Of Your Life’ Acquisition; $20 Million Is Fest Record Deal". Deadline. 14 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Jeremy Renner Joins Amy Adams in Sci-Fi 'Story of Your Life'". The Hollywood Reporter. 6 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "‘Blade Runner’ Sequel Has Found Its Director!". 26 February 2015. Retrieved 26 Feb 2015. 
  14. ^ "Denis Villeneuve In Talks to Direct 'Blade Runner' Sequel". 26 February 2015. Retrieved 26 Feb 2015. 
  15. ^ "REW-FFWD" (Online film). National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "Harrison Ford to Return for ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel Directed by Denis Villeneuve" (Online article). Variety. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 

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