Magazine article Screen International

Denis Villeneuve

Magazine article Screen International

Denis Villeneuve

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Quebec's acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve talks to Screen during Toronto about his fourth feature, the multi layered tragedy Incendies.

Previous Palme D'or winner for short Next Floor, Quebec's acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve has received raves in both Venice and TIFF for his fourth feature Incendies, a heart-wrenching tragedy with a surprise ending.

In a sit-down with Screen during TIFF, the bilingual film auteur - also director of Polytechnique which swept Canada's Academy awards -- speaks freely about his latest multi-layered film, as well as his lifelong dream of making a sci-fi picture.

What would you say Incendies is about on the surface?

Twins find out in their mother's last will and testament that the father, that they have never met, is still alive and that they have a brother they knew nothing about.

How would you describe the film's emotional layers?

It's about the way anger travels in a family. It has parallels on an individual level, a family level and on a society level, so it's both a modern topic and a kind of Greek tragedy wrapped up like a great thriller.

How was it inspired by Wajdi Mouawad's play? …

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