Friday Night Film Series: Arrival

(dir. Denis Villeneuve, 2016, 116 mins)

Based on the award-winning 1998 science fiction novella “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, Arrival follows linguist Louise Banks, recruited by the U.S. Army to make contact with alien life forms that have simultaneously arrived in twelve different locations around the world. Each affected nation endeavors to establish communication with the extraterrestrials, dubbed Heptapods, urgently trying to determine the intentions of these visitors from outer space. The specter of war looms as disparate nations strive to coordinate their efforts. Working closely with physicist Ian Donnelly, Banks develops an increasingly proficient understanding of the Hetapods’ language, allowing her to experience time in a non-linear way. Banks’ shift in consciousness raises questions about fate, free will, and the collaborative nature of language. Equal parts geopolitical blockbuster, love story, and metaphysical meditation, Arrival questions the limits of human cognition and the global political order.

Co-sponsored by Living Writers


Friday, September 24 at 5:00pm

Little Hall, Golden Auditorium, 105


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