With a penchant for character-grounded thrillers and bold, ambitiously-scaled aesthetics (often in collaboration with cinematographer Roger Deakins - see Prisoners, Sicario and Blade Runner 2049), Denis Villeneuve has risen from one of Canada's leading independent directors into the blockbuster mainstream with modern cerebral sci-fi classics like Blade Runner 2049 and Dune.

   

Often following fish-out-of-water protagonists investigating compelling mysteries – from Sicario‘s Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), as she dives deep into the cartel underbelly between the US and Mexico; to Adam Bell’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) obsessive search for his mysterious doppelganger in Enemy; to Agent K’s (Ryan Gosling) sprawling search for the truth of his past in Blade Runner 2049 – Villeneuve has proven himself to be one of the finest, most thematically compelling craftsmen in modern cinema.

As we build up to the release of the much-anticipated second instalment of his towering Dune saga, join us in celebrating the Ciné Villeneuve – from his haunting independent drama beginnings with Polytechnique and Incendies, through to the jaw-dropping blockbuster scale of Dune Part II.