Oscar nominee Amy Adams' new film Story of Your Life made an impression on studio executives on the first day of the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday (14May14), as bosses at Paramount have bought the North American rights to the sci-fi thriller for $20 million (£11.9 million). Directed by Prisoners filmmaker Denis Villenueve, Story of Your Life features Adams as a linguist hired by the military to determine if aliens are a threat to humankind.