Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve (born October 3, 1967 in Gentilly, Quebec) is a Canadian film director and writer. In his early career he won Radio-Canada's youth film competition "La Course Europe-Asie" in 1990-91. He is a three-time winner of the Genie Award for Best Director, for Maelström in 2001, Polytechnique in 2010 and Incendies in 2011. 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 and made the list of nominees. In January 2011 he was selected as one of the top ten film makers to watch.

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Incendies (2010)

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A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Lubna Azabal  •  Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin  •  Maxim Gaudette  •  Rémy Girard

A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Lubna Azabal  •  Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin  •  Maxim Gaudette  •  Rémy Girard

Prisoners (2013)

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Keller Dover faces a parent's worst nightmare when his 6-year-old daughter, Anna, and her friend go missing. The only lead is an old motorhome that had been parked on their street. The head of the investigation, Detective Loki, arrests the driver, but a lack of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Hugh Jackman  •  Paul Dano  •  Maria Bello

Keller Dover faces a parent's worst nightmare when his 6-year-old daughter, Anna, and her friend go missing. The only lead is an old motorhome that had been parked on their street. The head of the investigation, Detective Loki, arrests the driver, but a lack of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Hugh Jackman  •  Paul Dano  •  Maria Bello

Enemy (2013)

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A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Sarah Gadon  •  Isabella Rossellini

A mild-mannered college professor discovers a look-alike actor and delves into the other man's private affairs.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Mélanie Laurent  •  Sarah Gadon  •  Isabella Rossellini

Cleopatra

Cleopatra as a firm ruler and military tactician who embarked on a ruthless rise to power.  (more)

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Cleopatra as a firm ruler and military tactician who embarked on a ruthless rise to power.  (more)

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Zigrail (1995)

Cosmos (1996)

Through an immigrant cab driver, our world collides with a nervous filmmaker, a lawyer whose new breasts her ex-boyfriend wants to see, a mystery man, a gay man who might or might not have AIDS, and a birthday girl who got stood up. It is a mixture of laughter and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve  •  Manon Briand  •  Arto Paragamian  •  André Turpin  •  Jennifer Alleyn  •  Marie-Julie Dallaire
CAST:  Carl Alacchi  •  Audrey Benoit  •  France Castel  •  Pascal Contamine

Through an immigrant cab driver, our world collides with a nervous filmmaker, a lawyer whose new breasts her ex-boyfriend wants to see, a mystery man, a gay man who might or might not have AIDS, and a birthday girl who got stood up. It is a mixture of laughter and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve  •  Manon Briand  •  Arto Paragamian  •  André Turpin  •  Jennifer Alleyn  •  Marie-Julie Dallaire
CAST:  Carl Alacchi  •  Audrey Benoit  •  France Castel  •  Pascal Contamine

August 32nd on Earth (1998)

After escaping unscathed from a car accident, photo model Simone decides that having a baby is the only way to give her vacant life some meaning. She asks her best friend Philippe to get her pregnant, and he reluctantly agrees, on the condition that they conceive ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Paule Baillargeon  •  Emmanuel Bilodeau  •  Pascale Bussières  •  Joanne Côté

After escaping unscathed from a car accident, photo model Simone decides that having a baby is the only way to give her vacant life some meaning. She asks her best friend Philippe to get her pregnant, and he reluctantly agrees, on the condition that they conceive ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Paule Baillargeon  •  Emmanuel Bilodeau  •  Pascale Bussières  •  Joanne Côté

Polytechnique (2009)

A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Maxim Gaudette  •  Sébastien Huberdeau  •  Karine Vanasse  •  Evelyne Brochu

A dramatization of the Montreal Massacre of 1989 where several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Maxim Gaudette  •  Sébastien Huberdeau  •  Karine Vanasse  •  Evelyne Brochu

Next Floor (2008)

During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with hordes of servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events destabilizes the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Jean Marchand  •  Luc-Martial Dagenais  •  Neil Kroetsch  •  Emmanuel Schwartz

During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with hordes of servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events destabilizes the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Jean Marchand  •  Luc-Martial Dagenais  •  Neil Kroetsch  •  Emmanuel Schwartz

Maelström (2000)

Bibiane, a wealthy part-time model, questions her seemingly perfect life after she has a traumatic abortion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Marie-Josée Croze  •  Jean-Nicolas Verreault  •  Stephanie Morgenstern  •  Bobby Beshro

Bibiane, a wealthy part-time model, questions her seemingly perfect life after she has a traumatic abortion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Marie-Josée Croze  •  Jean-Nicolas Verreault  •  Stephanie Morgenstern  •  Bobby Beshro

Empirical Study on the Influence of Sound on the Persistence of Vision (2011)

An experimental short about the relationship between music and color.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
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An experimental short about the relationship between music and color.  (more)

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Arrival (2016)

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Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Amy Adams  •  Jeremy Renner  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Michael Stuhlbarg

Taking place after alien crafts land around the world, an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Amy Adams  •  Jeremy Renner  •  Forest Whitaker  •  Michael Stuhlbarg

Sicario (2015)

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An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Emily Blunt  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Josh Brolin  •  Victor Garber

An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Emily Blunt  •  Benicio del Toro  •  Josh Brolin  •  Victor Garber

Rated R for Nudity (2011)

A playful stab at mass hypnosis. Celebrating the mesmerizing power of movies, mischievous glimpses into a subconscious world inhabited by Bergman, Spielberg... and Bo Derek.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Macha Grenon

A playful stab at mass hypnosis. Celebrating the mesmerizing power of movies, mischievous glimpses into a subconscious world inhabited by Bergman, Spielberg... and Bo Derek.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Macha Grenon

Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche (2004)

This compelling documentary explores Canadian film culture and tries to discover what defines Canadian film through interviews with notable filmmakers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jill Sharpe
CAST:  Robert Lepage  •  Sheila McCarthy  •  Patricia Rozema  •  Don McKellar

This compelling documentary explores Canadian film culture and tries to discover what defines Canadian film through interviews with notable filmmakers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jill Sharpe
CAST:  Robert Lepage  •  Sheila McCarthy  •  Patricia Rozema  •  Don McKellar

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Ryan Gosling  •  Harrison Ford  •  Ana de Armas  •  Robin Wright

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Ryan Gosling  •  Harrison Ford  •  Ana de Armas  •  Robin Wright

Le cri du rhinocéros (2018)

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DIRECTION:  Marc Labrèche
CAST:  Xavier Dolan  •  Atom Egoyan  •  Denys Arcand  •  Denis Villeneuve

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DIRECTION:  Marc Labrèche
CAST:  Xavier Dolan  •  Atom Egoyan  •  Denys Arcand  •  Denis Villeneuve

Trumbull Land (2018)

Everyone has seen a Trumbull sequence in Stanley Kubrick's "2001 A Space Odyssey", Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" or Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". Recognized and respected SFX maestro, he has also directed two full-length films which left ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Grégory Wallet
CAST:  Douglas Trumbull  •  Stanley Kubrick  •  Steven Spielberg  •  Denis Villeneuve

Everyone has seen a Trumbull sequence in Stanley Kubrick's "2001 A Space Odyssey", Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" or Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". Recognized and respected SFX maestro, he has also directed two full-length films which left ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Grégory Wallet
CAST:  Douglas Trumbull  •  Stanley Kubrick  •  Steven Spielberg  •  Denis Villeneuve

REW-FFWD (1994)

A young photographer is on assignment in Jamaica. It's a cultural shock! First anguished, he later becomes quite fascinated by the people he meets, their neighbourhood and their music.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Lorne Brass

A young photographer is on assignment in Jamaica. It's a cultural shock! First anguished, he later becomes quite fascinated by the people he meets, their neighbourhood and their music.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Lorne Brass

120 Seconds to Get Elected (2006)

A politician has just a couple of minutes to convince people to vote for him, and tries to seduce his audience with promises he thinks they want to hear.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Alexis Martin

A politician has just a couple of minutes to convince people to vote for him, and tries to seduce his audience with promises he thinks they want to hear.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Villeneuve
CAST:  Alexis Martin
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