September 22, 2021 by archyde
BIOGRAPHY OF DENIS VILLENEUVE. Denis Villeneuve is a Canadian filmmaker known for making blockbusters as spectacular as they are complex, such as Dune, Premier Contact or Blade Runner 2049.
Biography of Denis Villeneuve – Denis Villeneuve is a Canadian director and screenwriter known for making the films Incendies, Prisoners, Sicario, Premier Contact, Blade Runner 2049 and Dune. On the private side, Denis Villeneuve is in a relationship with journalist Tanya Lapointe. He is also the father of three children, born from a previous romance.
Denis Villeneuve then embarked on a career as a director. In 1998, he directed his first feature film, “August 32 on Earth”, which represented Canada at the Oscar for best foreign language film the following year. Then followed Maelström (2000), Next Floor (2008) and especially Polytechnique in 2009, which deals with the killing of the school of the same name in Montreal. His films are regularly acclaimed by professionals and critics and cited several times at festivals, notably the Critics ‘Week or the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2011, Denis Villeneuve produced the adaptation of Wajdi Mouawad’s play, Incendies. This intimate drama is acclaimed by critics, being considered one of the 10 best films of the decade according to the New York Times. The success was such that Incendies was nominated for the 2011 Oscars in the category “Best foreign language film” (however, it lost to the Danish film Revenge). The success of Incendies, however, opens the doors of film studios to Denis Villeneuve, and allows him to embark on new projects, being considered one of the directors to be followed by Hollywood.
In 2013, Denis Villeneuve signed two thrillers worn by Jake Gyllenhaal: Prisoners and Enemy. Presented at the Toronto International Film Festival, they received a substantial critical reception. The first is a sticky investigation after the disappearance of little girls, while the second is an airtight psychological thriller in which Gyllenhaal meets his double. Two films as puzzling as they are ambitious.
After thrillers, Denis Villeneuve embarks on a cycle of science fiction films. Premier Contact is the first film of its kind that the Canadian filmmaker is working on. Released in 2016 and adapted from a short story by Ted Chiang, it features Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner who seek to communicate with a form of alien intelligence that threatens to invade Earth. The feature film received eight Oscar nominations in 2017, in queen categories such as Best Picture and Best Director. Once again, he will leave empty-handed.
After First Contact, Denis Villeneuve tackles a sequel to a science fiction masterpiece, Blade Runner 2049. For this film, Harrison Ford agrees to resume his role as Deckard opposite Ryan Gosling. The film was released in 2017 and if it received several seduced reviews, the box office results were not what we expected.
In 2021, Denis Villeneuve tackles a new monument of science fiction: the director offers a new adaptation of the novel Dune, almost 40 years after the criticized essay by David Lynch. In the casting, he surrounds himself with Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya or even Javier Bardem and Jason Momoa.
Filmography of Denis Villeneuve
Blade Runner 2049
August 32 on Earth