Shortly before the September 2013 release of “Prisoners” Villenueve sat down with ComingSoon.net and confirmed that it was “Polytechnique” and “Incendies” that got him invited to direct an American film. He does not accept just because of career opportunities but also because of artistic opportunities:
“I dreamed of making a film in the US just because as a filmmaker, I’ve always loved the idea of trying to make a film in a different culture, in a different way. Making films abroad is always exciting. .. I told myself I would love to give it a try, just once, to know what it’s like to make movies in Hollywood. I’m curious, because most of my favorite directors are there.. . It’s great to work within a system and with people with so much history and to feel the experience and reach out to the masters.”
Villenueve wanted to get out of his comfort zone, and he kept it even while he was still in Hollywood. “Sicario” was another horror movie, but instead of letting himself be tied down, he took a different turn with the next film, “Arrival,” an upbeat sci-fi picture. While he’s still in sci-fi mode (he did “Blade Runner 2049” and “Dune,” with “Dune: Part Two” releasing in 2023), I wouldn’t bet on him. He stayed in that genre forever.
In the aforementioned interview, Villenueve added that “Prisoner” is a bonus because he feels like a diver and not a cog in a machine: “I don’t feel like a cultist: I felt like they wanted me to do it. The movie was my own, my own soul, and that was the greatest gift to me.” That feeling helped. by the people he worked with.
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