A new adaptation of the sci-fi epic by Denis Villeneuve.
In the far future, humans use a special substance known as melange to travel through space. The only source of melange is the desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune—one of the most perilous places in the universe inhabited by giant sandworms. After the steward of the planet, Duke Leto Atreides, falls victim to a coup, his son Paul goes on the run. He turns to Fremen, natives of the Dune deserts, for help and falls in love with a Fremen woman Chani. The first film of Denis Villeneuve’s planned two-part adaptation of Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi premiered at the 2021 Venice Film Festival.
Dune is reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Macbeth not only through its plot but also its “curse:” its first 1984 adaptation almost destroyed the career of the young David Lynch, and the Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky never filmed his ambitious 14-hour Dune movie that he had meticulously planned in the 1970s (the story of the unmade movie is told in the documentary Jodorowsky's Dune, 2013). Denis Villeneuve (Arrival; Blade Runner 2049) was attracted to the rich imagery of the ill-fated novel and its ecological agenda. He describes his film as a coming-of-age story and a call to the new generations facing an ecological disaster. The film stars teenage icons Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name) and Zendaya (Euphoria), as well as Rebecca Ferguson (Doctor Sleep), Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina), and Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl).
The film will be screened in English with Russian subtitles.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
USA, 2021. 155 min. 12+