2-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster stars in this visionary drama based on Carl Sagan's novel about humankind's first encounter with the E.T. life, directed by another Oscar winner, Robert Zemeckis. As the Earth hurtles towards a new millennium, a driven astronomer realizes her lifelong dream when she detects intelligent radio signals from outer space. While the countries of the world unite in an effort to decode the transmission that could transform the course of human events, she finds herself among those vying to become the single representative who will explore the mysteries conveyed from the message's unknown E.T. source.