The Films of Atom Egoyan

Born in Cairo to descendants of Armenian Genocide survivors, Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan immigrated to Canada, where he would later become a foreground player in the Toronto New Wave. Influenced by the diasporic notions of searching backward, Egoyan’s filmic techniques use the polarity between video technology and film footage to grapple with the incongruity of the past and the present. The video image becomes an instrument for his protagonists to seek control of a narrative and find agency, tapping into the filmmaker’s personal connection with genocide denial and the preservation of a jeopardized culture. In these films, the camera becomes a way to reflect on those that have been left behind while facing the truth of what remains.


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Guest of Honour

David Thewlis, Laysla De Oliveira, and Luke Wilson star in this story of a father and daughter attempting to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets from Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter).


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Family Viewing

The fractured family of FAMILY VIEWING consists of Stan, a mild sexual sadist; Sandra, his live-in mistress and video bondage partner; and his 17-year old son Van.


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Next of Kin

Atom Egoyan’s striking debut feature is the story of Peter, catatonically unhappy with his family life and in video therapy. Peter decides to present himself to an Armenian family as their lost son, to act out a role different than the one assigned to him.


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Speaking Parts

The story of four people—an actor/gigolo, a frustrated chambermaid, an obsessed writer and the film producer who manipulates them all—is filmed as if we were watching their power games through the lens of a surveillance camera.


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