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FFWD

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FFWD means Thomas Fehlmann (Sunlight Electric powered), Robert Fripp, Kris Weston, and Dr. Alex Paterson (the last mentioned two of the Orb), so when that lineup suggests, was most likely ambient’s initial supergroup. Although a one-off task with no specific programs of reconvening, the record caused by the couple of days in the studio room spent recording it really is a landmark of experimental ambient and amazingly unlike the many tasks its contributors are recognized for. Closest in experience perhaps for some from the Orb’s newer produces (Pomme Fritz and Orbus Terrarum), FFWD deviates highly in its sparseness and subtlety. Fripp’s electric guitar is seriously atmospheric and put through the type of heaping results digesting Fehlmann and Weston are recognized for; Paterson reportedly documented hours from the virtuoso simply noodling around on his six-string and constructed the parts into useful passages only following the fact. Because of inspired preparations and an focus on structure, FFWD can be one of just a few albums to effectively figure your guitar inside a central placement without sounding off-balance or obligatory. Furthermore to his early tests with Brian Eno on such albums as No Pussyfooting and Evening Celebrity, Fripp in addition has worked on additional occasions with fresh ambient luminaries such as for example Future Audio of London and it has released a set of Soundscapes shows recorded throughout a single tour. Weston (aka Thrash) remaining the Orb in 1995 to go after a single task, and Fehlmann’s Sunlight Electric offers released many full-lengths and a small number of EPs.

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Full Name FFWD
Music Songs Hidden, Lucky Saddle, Drone, Hempire, Collossus, What Time Is Clock, Can of Bliss, Elevenses, Meteor Storm, Buckwheat & Grits, Klangtest, Suess wie eine Nuss


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#Fact
1 Favourite film is 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
2 First name is pronounced "Denny".
3 Doesn't use any music when he's editing which means the first edit of his films is without music.
4 Older brother of TED2013 speaker Martin Villeneuve, director of Mars et Avril (2012).
5 Abandoned an interest in science in college to pursue his love of filmmaking. Then studied film at Université du Québec à Montréal.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blade Runner 2049 2017 post-production
Arrival 2016/II directed by
Sicario 2015
IMDb Enemy: Behind the Scenes 2014 Short
Enemy 2013
Prisoners 2013
Etude empirique sur l'influence du son sur la persistance rétinienne 2011 Short
Rated R for Nudity 2011 Short
Incendies 2010
Polytechnique 2009
Next Floor 2008 Short
Happiness Bound 2007 Documentary
120 Seconds to Get Elected 2006 Short
Maelstrom 2000
Un 32 août sur terre 1998
Cosmos 1996 segment "Technétium, Le"
REW FFWd 1994 Documentary short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Etude empirique sur l'influence du son sur la persistance rétinienne 2011 Short
Incendies 2010 dialogue / scenario
Polytechnique 2009 collaboration
120 Seconds to Get Elected 2006 Short
Maelstrom 2000
Un 32 août sur terre 1998 writer
Cosmos 1996 segment "The Technetium"
REW FFWd 1994 Documentary short

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Etude empirique sur l'influence du son sur la persistance rétinienne 2011 Short
Rated R for Nudity 2011 Short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Zigrail 1995 Denis

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Etude empirique sur l'influence du son sur la persistance rétinienne 2011 Short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Whitewash 2013/I thanks
Hope 2011/III Short thanks
Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche 2004 TV Movie documentary grateful appreciation to

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Pulse from the Desert: The Score of Sicario 2016 Documentary short Himself
Battle Zone: The Origins of Sicario 2016 Documentary short Himself
Sicario: Blunt, Brolin & Benicio - Portraying the Characters of Sicario 2016 Documentary short Himself
Stepping Into Darkness: The Visual Design of Sicario 2016 Documentary short Himself
Días de cine 2011-2015 TV Series Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Lucid Dreams: The Making of Enemy 2014 Video documentary short Himself
Cinema 3 2011-2014 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Premio Donostia a Hugh Jackman 2013 TV Special Himself
Made in Hollywood 2013 TV Series Himself
The Hour 2011-2013 TV Series Himself
Q with Jian Ghomeshi 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Fabulous Picture Show 2011 TV Series Himself
31st Annual Genie Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - Best Direction Winner
Making a Scene 2010 TV Movie Himself
Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
À l'insu du plein gré 2001 Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 CinEuphoria CinEuphoria Awards Top Ten of the Year - International Competition Enemy (2013)
2015 Best Canadian Feature Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Enemy (2013)
2015 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Director of a Canadian Film Enemy (2013)
2014 Canadian Screen Award Canadian Screen Awards, CA Achievement in Direction Enemy (2013)
2014 DGC Team Award Directors Guild of Canada Feature Film Enemy (2013) · Reid A. Dunlop (1st assistant director)
· Patrick Arias (2nd assistant director)
· Adam Bocknek (3rd assistant director)
· Allison Vanek (trainee assistant director)
· Patrice Vermette (production designer)
· Sean Breaugh (art director)
· Aaron Morrison (graphics)
· Martha Sparrow (set designer)
· Tracey Strikwerda-Valeriote (art department coordinator)
· Anne Richardson (location manager)
· Jeremy Pinard (assistant location manager)
· Noah Baynes (location production assistant)
· Andrew Furlong (location production assistant)
· Matthew Hannam (picture editor)
· Kye Meechan (assistant picture editor)
· David McCallum (dial
2013 Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Official Fantàstic European Selection Enemy (2013)
2012 Jutra Jutra Awards Best International Motion Picture (Film s'étant le plus illustré à l'extérieur du Québec) Incendies (2010)
2011 10 Evening News International Award Adelaide Film Festival Best Feature Film Incendies (2010)
2011 Audience Award FICE - Federazione Italiana Cinema d'Essai Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero) Incendies (2010)
2011 Genie Genie Awards Best Achievement in Direction Incendies (2010)
2011 Genie Genie Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Incendies (2010)
2011 Jutra Jutra Awards Best Screenplay (Meilleur Scénario) Incendies (2010)
2011 Jutra Jutra Awards Best Direction (Meilleure Réalisation) Incendies (2010)
2011 Directors to Watch Palm Springs International Film Festival Incendies (2010)
2011 Audience Award Portland International Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Incendies (2010)
2011 Audience Award Rotterdam International Film Festival Incendies (2010)
2011 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Canadian Film Incendies (2010)
2011 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Director in a Canadian Film Incendies (2010)
2010 Canadian Award Atlantic Film Festival Best Canadian Feature Incendies (2010)
2010 Audience Award Cinéfest Sudbury Incendies (2010)
2010 Genie Genie Awards Best Achievement in Direction Polytechnique (2009)
2010 Jutra Jutra Awards Best Direction (Meilleure Réalisation) Polytechnique (2009)
2010 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Canadian Film Polytechnique (2009)
2010 Best Canadian Feature Film Toronto International Film Festival Incendies (2010)
2010 Audience Award Valladolid International Film Festival Best Film Incendies (2010)
2010 Miguel Delibes Award Valladolid International Film Festival Best Screenplay Incendies (2010)
2010 Best Canadian Feature Film Vancouver International Film Festival Incendies (2010)
2010 Grand Prix Warsaw International Film Festival Incendies (2010)
2009 Best Short Film Anchorage International Film Festival Short Film Next Floor (2008)
2009 Jury Award Aspen Shortsfest Best Drama Next Floor (2008)
2009 SIGNIS Award Expresion en Corto International Film Festival Best Short Film Next Floor (2008)
2009 Genie Genie Awards Best Live Action Short Drama Next Floor (2008) · Phoebe Greenberg
2009 Jutra Jutra Awards Best Short Film (Meilleur Court/Moyen Métrage) Next Floor (2008)
2009 Golden Bayard Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film Best Cinematography (Meilleure Photographie) Polytechnique (2009)
2009 Best Narrative Short Nashville Film Festival Next Floor (2008)
2009 Festival Award New York City Short Film Festival Best Drama Short Next Floor (2008)
2009 Short Film Award - Honorable Mention Seattle International Film Festival Next Floor (2008)
2009 Short Film Competition Special Jury Award Seattle International Film Festival Best Short Film Next Floor (2008)
2008 Canadian Award Atlantic Film Festival Short Film Next Floor (2008)
2008 Best Canadian Short Calgary International Film Festival Best Short Film Next Floor (2008)
2008 Canal+ Award Cannes Film Festival Next Floor (2008)
2008 Grand Prix Drama Short Film Festival Best Short Film Next Floor (2008)
2008 Special Competition Award FIKE - Évora International Short Film Festival Next Floor (2008)
2008 Director's Choice Award Rhode Island International Film Festival Next Floor (2008)
2008 Best Short Film Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Next Floor (2008)
2008 Best Short Award St. Louis International Film Festival Short Film Next Floor (2008)
2008 Short Cuts Award - Honorable Mention Toronto International Film Festival Best Canadian Film Next Floor (2008)
2008 Best Short Whistler Film Festival Best Short Film Next Floor (2008)
2001 Prix SACD Avignon Film Festival Maelström (2000)
2001 FIPRESCI Prize Berlin International Film Festival Panorama Maelström (2000)
2001 Genie Genie Awards Best Achievement in Direction Maelström (2000)
2001 Genie Genie Awards Best Screenplay Maelström (2000)
2001 Jutra Jutra Awards Best Direction (Meilleure Réalisation) Maelström (2000)
2001 Jutra Jutra Awards Best Screenplay (Meilleur Scénario) Maelström (2000)
2001 Grand Prize Mons International Festival of Love Films Maelström (2000)
2001 Prix Ciné Femme Mons International Festival of Love Films Maelström (2000)
2001 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Director - Canadian Maelström (2000)
2000 Best Canadian Film Montréal World Film Festival Maelström (2000)
2000 Best Canadian Feature Film - Special Jury Citation Toronto International Film Festival Maelström (2000)
1998 Golden Bayard Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film Best Film (Meilleur Film Francophone) Un 32 août sur terre (1998)
1994 Award of the New York Film Academy Locarno International Film Festival REW FFWd (1994)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Arrival (2016)
2016 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Director Sicario (2015)
2016 Seattle Film Critics Award Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Director Sicario (2015)
2016 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Sicario (2015)
2016 Golden Lion Venice Film Festival Best Film Arrival (2016)
2016 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Arrival (2016)
2015 Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival Sicario (2015)
2015 CinEuphoria CinEuphoria Awards Best Director - International Competition Enemy (2013)
2015 CinEuphoria CinEuphoria Awards Best Film - International Competition Enemy (2013)
2015 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Sicario (2015)
2015 Jutra Jutra Awards Best Direction (Meilleure Réalisation) Enemy (2013)
2015 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director Sicario (2015)
2015 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Director Sicario (2015)
2014 Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Prisoners (2013) · Aaron Guzikowski
2013 Black Pearl Award Abu Dhabi Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Enemy (2013)
2013 Golden Seashell San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Film Enemy (2013)
2012 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Film Not in the English Language Incendies (2010) · Luc Déry
· Kim McCraw
2012 César César Awards, France Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger) Incendies (2010)
2012 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Foreign Language Film Incendies (2010)
2011 David David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero) Incendies (2010)
2010 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Director in a Canadian Film Polytechnique (2009)
2009 Audience Award New York City Short Film Festival Audience Choice Program B Next Floor (2008)
2008 Discovery Award Cannes Film Festival Next Floor (2008)
2001 Grand Prix Paris Film Festival Maelström (2000)
2001 Golden Spike Valladolid International Film Festival Maelström (2000)
2000 Grand Prix des Amériques Montréal World Film Festival Maelström (2000)
1999 Jutra Jutra Awards Best Direction (Meilleure Réalisation) Un 32 août sur terre (1998)
1999 Jutra Jutra Awards Best Screenplay (Meilleur Scénario) Un 32 août sur terre (1998)
1998 Un Certain Regard Award Cannes Film Festival Best Film Un 32 août sur terre (1998)
1997 Golden Bayard Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film Best Film (Meilleur Film Francophone) Cosmos (1996) · Jennifer Alleyn
· Manon Briand
· Marie-Julie Dallaire
· Arto Paragamian
· André Turpin

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 People's Choice Award Toronto International Film Festival Prisoners (2013)


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#Quote
1 [on Enemy (2013)] There's a part of me that's very attracted to fantastic or sci-fi, and after Polytechnique (2009), Incendies (2010), and knowing I was going to do Prisoners (2013), I felt that I needed to express myself in a film that's more of a fantasy, a distortion of reality. I like those movies a lot. I was a big fan as a kid.
2 [on his younger brother's (Martin Villeneuve) TED Talk, the fantastical elements and a possible collaboration between the two (in an interview for The Film Stage on March 17, 2014)] My brother is very creative and he's also got some crazy projects.
3 [on Enemy (2013)] The landscape of a movie is part of the equation that creates the meaning of the movie. On 'Enemy', the book, which takes place in a huge massive metropolitan area that's oppressive, inspires it and it creates fear and paranoia because you feel there are too many souls around you. It gives you a claustrophobic feeling. What is unique about Toronto is there aren't a lot of filmmakers that shoot Toronto for itself - David Cronenberg did and Atom Egoyan has - so in the mind of the audience, Toronto is quite fresh.
4 [on Enemy (2013)] When you make such a movie - well, like a lot of other movies - that is designed to print images somewhere in the back of your brain, that will haunt you later. It's true that 'Enemy' is a problematic, maybe we should put a warning on it in the beginning [Laughs].
5 [on Sicario (2015)] It's about the alienation of the cycles of violence, how at one point we are in those spirals of violence and ask ourselves, 'Is there a solution?' My movie raises the question; it doesn't give any answer.
6 I think cinema is a tool to explore our shadows.
7 I hate violence, and I think that violence is meaningful if you see the impact of violence on victims. I'm interested on the impact, I'm not interested in the show. I don't want to make a show of violence. I mean, I've been in contact with people who suffered from the trauma of war... When I use violence in a movie it's just to express the power, the impact of it.
8 [in 2015] Film is pop art. It's not whether it's auteur cinema or not, that's a false distinction. Cinema is cinema.
9 Cinema is an art form that is designed to go across borders. And as a filmmaker, the only way I can direct a movie is when I feel close to my culture.
10 [on the concept of boundaries, explored in Enemy (2013)] We all have multiple identities inside of us. I think it's about the power of subconscious and how our actions represent that side of the self - and who is really in control? The influence of the past on our lives and the strength of the past, is something that really impressed me and terrorized me because it means that we aren't totally in control of our actions. I think you can find power over it, but it's a process.
11 I was at the premiere of Prisoners (2013) and I heard two thousand people scream at the same time. I turned to my girlfriend and said, 'I love cinema!' It's the sharing of emotions together, and it's collective, It's one of the last communions we have.
12 I think they built Hollywood on the West Coast because they were always dreaming of a New World. When they arrived here, the only way to keep dreaming was to make movies. Film was the fourth dimension.
13 [childhood memory of duck hunting] You go out at 3AM. In a small boat. You see the mist coming off the water as you wait in the reeds. You're with these men. It's so dark and quiet, and then there's this violence, the thunder of guns. I want to make a film about that one day.
14 In contradiction and paradox, you can find truth.

#Trademark
1 Frequently collaborates with cinematographer Roger Deakins
2 Graphic and realistic depictions of violence
3 Frequently uses a song by Radiohead in his films.

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