The new science fiction movie ‘Arrival’ – which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and has received wide spread rave reviews – is Johann Johannsson’s third cinematic collaboration with French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, following on from last year’s crime thriller ‘Sicario’, which garnered Jóhannsson an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. Their next joint project will be the much anticipated sequel to the legendary science fiction film ‘Blade Runner’.
‘Arrival’ stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker, with Adams playing the lead role of a linguist who attempts to communicate with aliens that ominously appear at sites across the globe. As mankind teeters on the brink of global war, she and her team embark on a race against time to peacefully find out why they’ve arrived. More than a conventional sci-fi thriller, this is a thoughtful, intellectual drama with a genre twist.
Johann Johannsson’s soundtrack to ‘Arrival’ is out now on Deutsche Grammophon. You can watch a short documentary about the making of the soundtrack below;