Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is not your typical run-of-the-mill director. Known in the film circles as a "thinking man's director," Villeneuve's movies explore themes of pain, heartache, and violence grounded in realism.
The 52-year-old French-Canadian filmmaker was born on October 3, 1967, in Bécancour, Quebec, Canada. He quickly gained global appeal for one hit after another.
The visionary behind such movies as Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival, and Blade Runner 2049, his lesser-known films like Maelström, Polytechnique, Incendies, Enemy have also garnered critical acclaim.
Villeneuve brings his directing talents to the upcoming sci-fi spectacle Dune.
We look at seven facts about Hollywood Critics Association's "Filmmaker of the Decade": Denis Villeneuve.
A writer, producer, and director extraordinaire, it doesn't come as a surprise that Denis Villeneuve is a multi-millionaire. A thinking man's director, his movies often underperform at the box office despite being some of the most acclaimed because of the complicated themes and metaphorical elements explored in the movies.
Nevertheless, some of his most successful movies are listed in the table below:
|Movie Title||Year||Earnings (In $)|
|Blade Runner 2049||2017||259.2 million|
Denis has stepped in as the director and one of the screenplay writers in the upcoming movie adaptation of the eponymous novel written by Frank Herbert.
The science-fiction epic is set to drop in late 2020 and is one of two movies that will tell an overarching story of the world Herbert created.
Among the announced cast members are such talents as Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.
Denis Villeneuve has one of the most esteemed and diverse body-of-work of any directors.
Rarely- if ever- has Denis had a misstep in his career. Some of his most acclaimed movies include movies like Prisoners starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman, Sicario starring Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro, Arrival starring Amy Adams, and the sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 cult masterpiece Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford.
Denis was studying science at Cégep de Trois-Rivières in Quebec, Canada, when his passion for movies was ignited. He subsequently dropped out of the science program and studied cinema at Université du Québec à Montréal.
Ridley Scott's 1982 cult masterpiece, Blade Runner, was pioneering in a lot of different aspects: it pioneered the American version of the Japanese cyberpunk genre, it was a pioneering achievement in visual effects, and it set the trend for dark and dystopian movies.
Blade Runner also fostered a love of movies in a young and impressionable Denis. He had been hooked since the first time he saw the movie when he was 14.
Call it coincidence or destiny, but three decades later, Denis would direct the sequel to Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049, bringing things back full circle.
Currently, Denis is married to journalist Tanya Lapointe. He has three children from his previous relationship, one of whom is Salomé Villeneuve, with whom Denis worked with on the movie, Arrival.
His brother, Martin Villeneuve, is also a filmmaker in his own right.
Denis had humble beginnings as a cinematographer on documentaries. He also worked on short films, winning the amateur film-making competition, La Course Europe-Asie in 1991.