Denis Villeneuve's "Arrival" has, err, arrived


I'm from Montreal. An unabashed supporter of Denis Villeneuve's since 2000 and his incredible darkly tragic tale, narrated by a fish no less, "Maelstrom." His talent only got better. "Polytechnique" was about a tragic college shooting in Quebec which had some of the same haunting qualities that definied Gus Van Sant's "Elephant." He followed that up with "Incendies" his best film. His last film in French in fact. That is because Hollywood came knocking and gave him a surprising amount of "creative freedom" or as they call in L.A. "leverage." There was "Prisoners" which had Villeneuve's imprint all over its gloomy exterior, too bad the screenplay wasn't up to his standards, but nevertheless a profoundly interesting depiction of regret and loss. That same year he debut at TIFF "Enemy" which was better than it had any right to be, he turned the screws on its screenplay by, wisely, imitating Cronenberg. Last year was "Sicario" which, in my books, was almost a home run. Now here comes Arrival." It will be at Telluride, it will be at Venice and it will be at TIFF. The three majors have chosen it. A good sign. The trailer barely reveals the details and I like it just like that. Bring it on. Its premiere is supposedly set the first weekend of TIFF, which means between September 11th and 14th. Telluride and Venice will have it screen a week or so before that.
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