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When 12 spaceships land in countries all over the world, concerned governments send in their top teams to try and make contact with the aliens.

The American team engages the help of expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), who seems to be the only one who truly understands the aliens.

Arrival is Canadian film maker Denis Villeneuve's first sci-fi film. Villeneuve is known as a director of spine-chilling thrillers that bear his distinct style (Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario). With Arrival, he has delivered a tranquil, serious science fiction in the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Contact. Aliens aren't enemies that must be defeated in a spectacular fashion. They are newcomers who, in a best-case scenario, teach the earthlings a new way of looking at themselves and each other. In this highly successful prelude to his Blade Runner reboot, Blade Runner 2049, Villeneuve has found a clever and relatively subtle way of depicting the contrast between the inherent curiosity of science and the fear-mongering tendencies of the media and politics.

Marvelous Mind

Arrival is brought to the Forum in partnership with Marvelous Mind, an initiative of the UMCG and the University of Groningen. The film will be introduced by Merel Keijzer, Professor of Linguistics.

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Length: 116 min

Language: English spoken, Dutch subtitles

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