You probably know Denis Villeneuve as a director of Blade Runner 2049. As a director of a sequel to such cult & classic movie, he chose the path of an author and pick to plunge far down the futuristic rabbit hole without revealing enough of mesmerising sci-fi dystopia's darkest secrets. Some say that approach is too smart and repulsive for mass audience, others praise such a ballsy approach. Villeneuve is a polarizing director. Some cinema lovers know Denis Villeneuve for bursting onto the scene with 2013’s Prisoners. The truth of the matter is that Canadian film-maker has been directing excellent movies for well over 20 years now. With Dune just around the corner, it’s time to look at the Denis Villeneuve hard to find debut film.
August 32nd on Earth (orig: Un 32 août sur terre) is a 1998 Canadian drama film and feature directorial debut directed and written by Denis Villeneuve. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, Alexis Martin won the Prix Jutra for Best Actor. The film was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards.
In the aftermath of a highway mishap, photo model Simone (Pascale Bussières) decides that conceiving a baby with her best friend Philippe (Alexis Martin) is the only way to give her vacant life some meaning. Philippe reluctantly agrees with the proviso that they conceive in a desert.
Films is available for stream with ENG subtitles.