Quebec filmmaker up for Palme D’Or in Cannes

Quebec filmmaker up for Palme D’Or in Cannes

Quebec City, (Quebec) 20 April 2015 – Quebec (Gentilly) born film director Denis Villeneuve, has his latest film Sicario in the running to win the top prize at the most prestigious film festival in the world, and it’s not the first time his works have been presented in the famous city of Cannes.

Denis Villeneuve has made several movies in Quebec and in the United States. One of his first full length movies, Incendies made it to Cannes in 2010 and was up for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars the same year. It also won Best screenplay at the Canadian Film and Television awards. In all Denis Villeneuve has been to the Cannes film festival 5 times but never as a direct contender for Best Film.

Other films to his credit are the recent movie Prisoners, filmed in the USA, Maëlstrom and Polytechnique. M. Villeneuve started out as a documentary film maker and has now managed to find his way on the big screen with some remarkable feature films.

His new movie, Sicario was filmed in New Mexico and deals with the drug cartels doing business in the cross border sale of drugs, and according to Denis himself, is his best work ever. The stars in the movie are, Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, and Benicio Del Toro.

He is in the running for the top prize with about 17 other film makers from around the world. Last year another Quebec film director Xavier Dolan had his film Mommy up for the same prize, but didn’t win. According to Denis Villeneuve, just to be nominated at Cannes is an honour in itself, whatever the outcome.

All of us here at wish M. Villeneuve good luck with his new movie, which should appear in theatres in Canada in September of this year.

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