Time in Film: Focus on “Arrival” (2016)

An example of the alien language in “Arrival”

Many films address temporal themes. A recent example, “Arrival” directed by Denis Villeneuve (2016), not only makes the hero an academic (special appreciation of that), it considers how language can change one’s perception of time. Rather than introducing a new time-travel technology as many time-related movies have, “Arrival” explores how different languages and cultures produce different temporal perceptions, which connects nicely with the premise of our conference.

Here is an article about the linguistic creativity underlying the film.

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