Storytellers: How Denis Villeneuve Tells a Story

December 16, 2018

Storytellers: How Denis Villeneuve Tells a Story

SPOILERS FOR ENTIRE DENIS VILLENEUVE FILMOGRAPHY (STARTING FROM ‘POLYTECHNIQUE’) IN VIDEO!! SUBTITLES COMING TOMORROW!:) In this video essay/mini docu, which serves as the final entry into my Denis Villeneuve related series (which include PRISONERS (2013) and SICARIO (2015)), I examine the narrative thread, the structure of his stories, woven through Villeneuve’s entire filmography up to this point.

By doing this I hope to reveal in part who Denis is not only as an director but as an individual, and what he’s trying to achieve with his films. It is advised that you (re)watch my earlier video on PRISONERS (and optionally SICARIO) as it adds another layer of context to this video and will thus enhance the understanding and the experience of this mini docu. However, it is perfectly enjoyable without doing so if you lack the time and/or interest.

PRISONERS VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fekd6… SICARIO VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn5vK… FOLLOW US: https://twitter.com/storytellervids https://www.facebook.com/storytellerv… FILMS USED: – Mulholland Drive, David Lynch, 2001 – 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, 1968 – Polytechnique, Denis Villeneuve, 2009 – Incendies, Denis Villeneuve, 2010 – Enemy, Denis Villeneuve, 2013 – Prisoners, Denis Villeneuve, 2013 – Sicario, Denis Villeneuve, 2015 – Arrival, Denis Villeneuve, 2016 – Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve, 2017

MUSIC USED: 1. Johann Johannsson – Prisoners OST – The Candlelight Vigil 2. Johann Johannsson – Sicario Soundtrack OST – Target 3. Jóhann Jóhannsson – I Can’t Find Them – Prisoners 4. Mesa – Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch 5. Johann Johannsson – Through Falling Snow – Prisoners 6. Johann Johannsson – Armoured Vehicle 7. All The Best Memories Are Hers – Hans Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch 8. Tears In The Rain – Blade Runner 2049 Soundtrack 9. On the Nature of Daylight (Full Piano Cover) – Platypuff Business Inquiries: storytellersyoutube@hotmail.com Thomas & Lars

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Denis VilleneuveOC (French: [dəni vilnœv]; born October 3, 1967) is a French Canadian film director and writer. He is a four-time recipient of the Canadian Screen Award (formerly Genie Award) for Best Direction, for Maelström in 2001, Polytechnique in 2009, Incendies in 2011, and Enemy in 2014.[1][2] The first three of these films also won the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Motion Picture.

Internationally, he is known for directing several critically acclaimed films, such as the thriller films Prisoners (2013) and Sicario (2015), and the science fiction films Arrival (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017).[3][4] For his work on Arrival, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director.[5]



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