The Canadian-born fantasist director Vincenzo Natali is no stranger to dystopia. Natali burst onto the scene in 1997 with his surreal, low budget sci-fi thriller Cube. The film impressed viewers and critics alike with Natali’s ability to stretch cinematic boundaries on a shoestring budget; it also received multiple Genie nominations for art direction, sound, and an original score, and in time became something of a cult favorite.
With his follow up film, Cypher, starring Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu and David Hewlett, Natali kept his feet planted firmly in the postmodern realm. Cypher is the tale of a man who assumes a new identity in preparation for an espionage career, but instead gets systematically brainwashed and finds himself engulfed in a shaky, paranoid reality.
Natali’s third feature, Nothing, is described by the writer/director as “a buddy comedy set in a void.” The film again garnered worldwide critical kudos. Two years later, Natali directed Getting Gilliam, the documentary on Terry Gilliam’s production of the 2005 feature Tideland, which premiered concurrently with the feature. Natali then contributed a segment to the 2006 film-à-sketch Paris, Je t’aime.
Natalia los co-wrote and directed the highly acclaimed feature, Splice starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley which had its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive various nominations from Directors Guild of Canada, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA, Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, Genie Awards, Sitges, Teen Choice Awards, winning Best Special Effects at Sitges, Best Supporting Actress from Vancouver Film Festival.