Denis Villeneuve, the Dune director, was ready to present namesake Denis Villeneuve Coup de Coeur Award to Clara Mio for her short film Ash Friday night in Montreal.
The honor was awarded as part of the Gala Prix Prends CA Court! Prizes and including $ 25,000 in cash, followed Villeneuve, who judged about 55 Quebec-made shorts to find a winner.
“In all, one film has haunted me since I saw it. My very first Coup de Coeur award goes to Clara Milo and her film Ash. Congratulations to Clara, it really is a magnificent film! Another movie touched me, touched my heart deeply and haunted me again ever since, blonde eveningby Gabrielle Demers, who gets my special mention, ”Villeneuve said The Hollywood Reporter in a statement as the Quebec industry acknowledges his directorial achievements in Hollywood.
Ash, by Montreal-based Mio, follows two young sisters through the landscapes of Iceland in their quest to appease an uncomfortable volcano. Villeneuve’s latest film is his adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel Dune.
He got his film launch in Quebec, where his French-language film included his 2010 breakthrough indie Brande, based on a praised stage play by Wajdi Mouawad. Once in Hollywood, Villeneuve directed Catcher, Sicario, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049which won two Oscars.
ONE Dune the sequel is in the works and is set for cinema premiere in October 2023.