Director Denis Villeneuve embraces the unknown with 'Arrival'

Los Angeles Times 

"At one point in my life I had to choose between mathematics and cinema," says "Arrival" director Denis Villeneuve, who sees a similarity in the two disciplines: problem-solving. On a recent busy weekend during a break from editing the hotly anticipated "Blade Runner" sequel, Villeneuve sat down to talk about a handful of mysteries: the vagaries of Oscar recognition, movie manipulation and the ways the real world re-contextualizes your film for you. How important was that to making "Arrival" work? Me, I think this relationship with the unknown, the mystery of life, is so powerful and beautiful.