This dazzling adaptation of Frank Herbert’s legendary science-fiction novel is the realization of a longtime dream for director Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, MVFF 2016). Set thousands of years in the future, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a young man propelled by fate into an intergalactic power struggle. Paul’s father, Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac), assumes stewardship of Arrakis, a forbidding desert planet populated by the indigenous Fremen, made hazardous by colossal sandworms, and the sole source of a priceless element called Spice. With a competing family intent on undermining their efforts, the stage is set for war and Paul’s journey to fulfill an ancient prophecy. This monumental tale features an equally spectacular cast, including—among others—Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya, Dave Bautista, Chang Chen, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier Bardem. With superb design in all its sights and sounds, Dune is, in Denis Villeneuve’s own words, “a love letter to the big screen.” –Richard Peterson
Our Spotlight program features an onstage conversation with Denis Villeneuve, a screening of Dune, and the presentation of the MVFF Award.
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