Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve. The screenplay by Eric Heisserer was based on the 1998 short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang, and stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. It follows linguist Louise Banks, who is enlisted by the U.S. Army to help translate communications from one of several extraterrestrial spacecraft that have appeared across the world. She must find out why they have arrived on Earth before tensions lead into war. The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2016, and was released in the United States and Canada on November 11, 2016, in IMAX by Paramount Pictures.
The film grossed $203 million worldwide, and was met with positive reviews. Critics widely praised Adams's performance, Villeneuve's direction and the film's exploration of communicating with extraterrestrial intelligence. Considered one of the best films of 2016, Arrival appeared on numerous critics' best films lists, and was selected by the American Film Institute as one of ten Movies of the Year. It received eight nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, ultimately winning one award for Best Sound Editing. It also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for Adams and Best Original Score for Jóhann Jóhannsson, and was awarded the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 2017.