After an early-career spate of dramas in his native language, the French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve has spent the past few years subverting seemingly every film genre he can get his hands on.
There was his spin on the child-abduction thriller ("Prisoners"). The new take on the Jekyll-and-Hyde trope ("Enemy"). A fresh look at the drug-cartel action flick (last year's "Sicario").
Villeneuve has most recently been seeking out a new world. Or, more accurately, a new universe.
The director's "Arrival," out from Paramount in November after its Toronto International Film Festival premiere Monday, finds him tackling the global...