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The A-List: A conversation with Arrival director Denis Villenueve

Dark and super-intense dramas are the specialty of acclaimed French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villenueve. It was his explosive 2015 hit Sicario — about an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) whose hunt for justice thrusts her into the lawless US/Mexican border where drugs, terror, illegal immigration and corruption challenge her moral compass — that put him on Hollywood’s radar. The film received three Academy Award nominations, including Best Achievement in Cinematography (Roger Deakins) and Best Achievement in Sound Editing (Alan Robert Murray) and paved the way for his latest film, the sci-fi drama Arrival.