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2017 12 05 Facultes Art et Comm Denis Villeneuve 11 1December 5, 2017 – This morning, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) honored filmmaker Denis Villeneuve with the title doctor honoris causa. The award recognizes the immense directing and writing talent of this UQAM graduate, as well as the influence of his work, appreciated worldwide by cinephiles.

The presentation took place during the convocation of the Faculties of Communication and Arts, where several hundred graduates were gathered with relatives and friends. Professor and filmmaker Denis Chouinard read the eulogy honoring Villeneuve.

Denis Villeneuve
2017 12 05 Facultes Art et Comm Denis Villeneuve 3 1Gentilly native Denis Villeneuve graduated from UQAM with a Bachelor's degree in Cinema. At the age of 23, he won the Radio-Canada 1990-91 Course Europe-Asie competition, already demonstrating his talent as a filmmaker. The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) then sent him to Ellesmere Island, to work with Pierre Perrault on the film Cornouailles. In 1994, the NFB funded his first professional film: the docudrama REW-FFWD [Rewind Fast Forward], shot in Jamaica.

2017 12 05 Facultes Art et Comm Denis Villeneuve 4 1Denis Villeneuve then wrote and directed several feature films that received considerable attention: Un 32 août sur Terre, which was shown at some thirty international festivals and selected to represent Canada in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 1999 Oscars; Maelstrom, which garnered more than 25 awards worldwide, including the International Critics Award at the Berlin Film Festival and five Genies, including Best Motion Picture; Polytechnic, selected at Cannes in 2009; and Incendies, shot in Quebec and Jordan, which propelled him into the major leagues.

2017 12 05 Facultes Art et Comm Denis Villeneuve 7 1Villeneuve’s success captured the attention of Hollywood producers. He made three thrillers with wide international distribution: Enemy, based on a short story by José Saragamo; Prisoners, involving child abduction; and Sicario, about drug trafficking on the Mexican-American border, nominated for three Oscars in 2016.

A long-time fan of futuristic science fiction, he made the very moving Arrival, which took an Oscar for Best Sound Editing, and then created a sequel - 35 years later - to a cult film of his generation, Blade Runner 2049. The adaptation of another science fiction classic, the novel Dune by Franck Herbert, will be the prolific filmmaker’s next challenge.


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Source: Maude N. Béland, Press Relations Officer
Press Relations and Special Events Division
UQAM Communications Service
Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 1707


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