Denis Villeneuve (born October 3, 1967) is a French-Canadian film director and writer. He is a three-time winner of the Genie Award for Best Director, for Maelström in 2001, Polytechnique in 2010 and Incendies in 2011. All three films also won the Best Picture award.
Villeneuve was born in Gentilly near Trois-Rivières, Quebec.
Villeneuve began his career making short films and won the Radio-Canada's youth film competition "La Course Europe-Asie" in 1990–91.
Villeneuve first caught attention for his 2001 film Maelström which screened at festivals worldwide and won dozens of awards, including 8 Jutra awards and 'Best Canadian Film' from the Toronto International Film Festival. He followed that up with the controversial, but critically acclaimed film Polytechnique (2009) about the shootings that occurred at the Montreal university...
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