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Denis Villeneuve: The Path to Dune

Following the visionary director's progression from arthouse award-winners to brooding blockbusters.

With an early career littered with film festival awards, and having been voted the ‘filmmaker of the decade’ by the Hollywood Critics Association, Denis Villeneuve has established himself as an artist capable of creating cerebral films that perform at the global box office. As such, he’s one of the few auteurs afforded rare creative freedom by the studios. Despite this, his forthcoming adaptation of Frank Herbert’s psychedelic sci-fi opus Dune is a daring endeavour, given that Alejandro Jodorowsky’s infamous 14-hour interpretation was aborted in the 70s, and David Lynch’s gloriously messy 80s adaptation was butchered by Universal and disowned by the director. In this season we take a look at Villeneuve’s career, one that is characterised by bold choices and breathtaking films that often deal with themes of trauma, identity and memory.

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EnemyEnemy

Drama201391 minsDirector: Denis Villeneuve

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as doppelgangers in this dark, pulsating thriller from Denis Villeneuve.

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IncendiesIncendies

Drama2010131 minsDirector: Denis Villeneuve

A mother bequeaths two life-altering letters to her children in Denis Villeneuve’s powerful and compelling drama.

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PolytechniquePolytechnique

Crime200977 minsDirector: Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve’s profound dramatisation of the tragic Montreal Massacre.

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MaelstromMaelstrom

Drama200086 minsDirector: Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve’s second feature is a dark comedy about a young woman unravelling after a hit-and-run accident.

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August 32nd on Earth [Un 32 août sur terre]August 32nd on Earth [Un 32 août sur terre]

Drama199888 minsDirector: Denis Villeneuve

A woman’s existential crisis sends her and her best friend on a road trip with an unusual mission.