AFI Movie Club: ARRIVAL – American Film Institute



ARRIVAL was honored with an AFI AWARD in 2016 – recognizing it as one of the 10 outstanding films deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. 


Watch Emma Roberts announce the film:



Movie Trivia about ARRIVAL

DID YOU KNOW ARRIVAL is based on the 1998 short story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang? The film title was changed because the filmmakers thought it sounded too much like a romantic comedy. 

DID YOU KNOW three linguists from McGill University were hired to help construct the alien language that you see in the film? 

DID YOU KNOW the alien’s spacecraft in the movie was inspired by the shape of a large asteroid known as Eunomi? 

DID YOU KNOW in early versions of the script, the end of the movie had the aliens leaving a form of blueprints to an interstellar ship that would act as an ark of sorts? The ending was changed after Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR came out in theaters. 

DID YOU KNOW Amy Adams agreed to play Louise Banks within 24 hours of receiving the script? 

DID YOU KNOW that at the time, Paramount paid a record-breaking amount at the Cannes Film Festival to get the rights to distribute ARRIVAL in North America and China. 

Learn more at the AFI Catalog.


The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions 

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Have you been able to communicate with someone without speaking a word? If so, how did you convey your message? 

Why is it difficult to communicate with those that are different from ourselves like those from a different culture or speak a different language? 

The film’s central question is: “If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?” Would you? 

Would you change things if you knew some of your joys in life that would occur would also be lost? 

Why does the “unknown” scare us so much? 

How would you rate ARRIVAL? 


Watch ARRIVAL director Denis Villeneuve talk about the film in this AFI Archive exclusive clip:



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