Film at Lincoln Center presents “Denis Villeneuve,” a celebration of critically lauded films by the Canadian filmmaker alongside a selection of works he has cited as inspiring and influential in his own filmmaking. Running from February 16 through 28, the series’ titles range from Villeneuve’s early films Polytechnique (2009) and Incendies (2010) to Arrival (2016) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and Dune (NYFF59). Villeneuve himself has curated a selection of 14 films that have fueled his creativity, among them Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear (1953), Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le fou (NYFF4), and Wong Kar-wai’s Happy Together (NYFF35).

Denis Villeneuve has distinguished himself as one of the 21st century’s great directors. From his harrowingly absorbing thriller Prisoners (2013) to his more recent forays into an especially refined, magisterially atmospheric and unapologetically philosophical take on science fiction, namely Arrival (2016), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), and Dune, Villeneuve’s work is marked by the feeling of a great artist operating with intelligence and confidence amid the highest possible stakes in moviemaking. On the occasion of the release of Dune: Part Two, FLC presents a mid-career retrospective dedicated to this visionary artist and his continued project of crafting an intellectually and aesthetically rich variant of commercial cinema.

Organized by Florence Almozini, Dan Sullivan, and Denis Villeneuve.