Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at Oscar-Nominated Quebec Director Denis Villeneuve

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at Oscar-Nominated Quebec Director Denis Villeneuve

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A look at Oscar-nominated Denis Villeneuve

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You could say that Quebec director Denis Villeneuve has officially arrived, now that he's scored an Oscar nomination for his alien-invasion tale "Arrival."

But the acclaimed filmmaker has a long history of churning out critically acclaimed dramas in French and English. Here's a look at Villeneuve's celebrated career:

WHERE HE'S FROM

Villeneuve was born near Trois-Rivieres, Que., and studied film at l'Universite du Quebec a Montreal before earning acclaim on the festival circuit.

THE EARLY YEARS

The master storyteller made a name for himself with francophone arthouse fare that packed an emotional wallop, including "Maelstrom," "Polytechnique" and "Incendies."

ACCLAIM

After years of Canadian accolades, Villeneuve was catapulted into a new sphere of fame when "Incendies" snagged an Oscar nomination in 2011 for best foreign language film. …

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