Denis Villeneuve: “The big screen is part of the cinematographic language”


MAINTENANCE – Fascinated by Dune, the book by Frank Herbert, the Canadian director delivers a film that proves that science fiction can be spectacular. Meeting with an inspired filmmaker.

In two films, First contact (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Denis Villeneuve proved that science fiction is not a dead star. Today, the 50-year-old Canadian releases the first part of Dune, based on Frank Herbert’s bestseller. Meet a director who still has faith in spectacular and intelligent cinema.

LE FIGARO. – You’ve been a fan of Frank Herbert’s novel since you were a teenager…

Denis VILLENEUVE. – The novel captivated me, no doubt by the themes it addresses, but this fascination remains mysterious. It shaped part of my identity during this time. I recognized myself in Paul Atreides, this character who tries to part with his family, political, religious and even genetic heritage. He seeks a space of freedom and ends up thriving in contact with other cultures. I read Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke but I was quite a Herbert freak. Science fiction also came to me from the comic book magazine

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