Denis Villeneuve presents namesake ‘Coup de Cœur’ award to Montreal – The Hollywood Reporter
Denis Villeneuve, the Dunes director, was on hand to award the eponymous Denis Villeneuve Coup de Coeur prize to Clara Mio for her short film Aska Friday night in Montreal.
The honor was presented as part of the Gala Prix Prends CA Court! Prizes, including $25,000 in cash, followed Villeneuve judging about 55 Quebec shorts to find a winner.
“All in all, one film has haunted me since I saw it. My very first Coup de Coeur is awarded to Clara Milo and her film Aska. Congratulations to Clara, it really is a wonderful film! A second film moved me, touched my heart deeply and has haunted me ever since, Blonde Nightby Gabrielle Demers, who gets my special mention,” said Villeneuve The Hollywood Reporter in a statement as the Quebec industry recognizes his accomplishments as a Hollywood director.
Aska, by Mio, from Montreal, follows two young sisters through the Icelandic landscapes in their quest to appease a moody volcano. Villeneuve’s latest film is his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel Dunes.
He made his film debut in Quebec, where his French-language films included his 2010 indie breakthrough Fires, based on an acclaimed play by Wajdi Mouawad. Once in Hollywood, Villeneuve realized Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049who won two Oscars.
A Dunes The sequel is in the works and is set to hit theaters in October 2023.