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Atom Egoyan is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Editor Canadien born on 19 july 1960 at Cairo (Egypte)

Atom Egoyan

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Birth name Atom Yeghoyan
Nationality Canada
Birth 19 july 1960 (59 years) at Cairo (Egypte)
Awards Officer of the Order of Canada

Atom Egoyan, OC (Armenian: Ատոմ Էգոյան; born July 19, 1960) is a critically acclaimed Canadian stage director and film director. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica (1994). His most critically acclaimed film is The Sweet Hereafter (1997), and his biggest commercial success is Chloe (2009).

Egoyan has been nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, both for The Sweet Hereafter. He also won several awards at Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Genie Awards.

His work often explores themes of alienation and isolation, featuring characters whose interactions are mediated through technology, bureaucracy or other power structures. Egoyan's films often follow non-linear plot-structures, in which events are placed out of sequence in order to elicit specific emotional reactions from the audience by withholding key information.

In 2008 Egoyan received the Dan David Prize for "Creative Rendering of the Past".

Biography

Atom Egoyan aborde dans ses films les thèmes de l'aliénation et de la solitude, avec des personnages aux prises avec la technologie, la bureaucratie et d'autres structures de contrôle.
Né au Caire, de parents artistes arméniens, Joseph et Shushan (née Devletian) Yeghoyan, qui tiennent une boutique de meubles, Egoyan est baptisé Atom en hommage au premier réacteur nucléaire construit par l'Egypte. Ses parents quittent l'Egypte en 1962 pour le Canada, s'installent à Victoria (Colombie britannique) et transforment leur nom en Egoyan. Atom et sa sœur, Eve, aujourd'hui pianiste concertiste vivant à Toronto, grandissent à Victoria dans la province de la Colombie-Britannique.

Enfant, Egoyan cherche à s'intégrer à la société canadienne. Son conflit avec son père entraîne un rejet de la culture arménienne. Ce n'est que quelques années plus tard, lorsqu'il fréquente l'Université de Toronto, qu'il se met à étudier l'histoire arménienne.
Egoyan commence à se passionner pour le théâtre et à écrire des pièces. Il est influencé principalement par Samuel Beckett et Harold Pinter. Il obtient son diplôme de Trinity College de l'Université de Toronto.

Egoyan habite Toronto avec son épouse, Arsinée Khanjian, qu'il rencontre en 1984 à l'occasion du casting de Next of Kin et qui devient sa muse et actrice fétiche (elle joue régulièrement dans ses films). Leur fils, Arshile, porte le prénom du célèbre peintre américain d'origine arménienne, Gorky.

Egoyan a réalisé une douzaine de longs métrages, des épisodes de séries télévisées et plusieurs courts métrages.

Ses premiers films sont fondés sur ses propres scénarios. la quête de l'identité est un thème récurrent dans son œuvre, notamment dans Calendar (1993).

Il se fait connaître avec Exotica (1994). Il a reçu le Grand Prix de l’Union de la critique de cinéma et a tenu à cette occasion sa conférence avec débat aux Péniches Ric's Art Boat & Ric's River Boat. Mais c'est sa première adaptation du roman de l'auteur américain Russell Banks, De beaux lendemains (1997) qui lui vaut une notoriété internationale et des nominations aux Oscars, dans les catégories de meilleur réalisateur et de meilleure adaptation à l'écran.

Il dirige également Sarabande avec Khanjian, la violoncelliste et actrice Lori Singer et le violoncelliste Yo-Yo Ma, qui interprète la quatrième suite de Bach pour violoncelle, dans le cadre d'une série de films inspirés de Bach pour Sony Classical. Il met également en scène des opéras, dont Salomé de Richard Strauss pour l'opéra de Toronto en 1996, l'opéra de Vancouver en novembre 1997 et le Houston Grand Opera en 1998, et la "Walkyrie" de Wagner en 2004 pour la Canadian Opera Company.

Le film Ararat (2002) fait beaucoup parler d'Egoyan. Après Mayrig (1991), d'Henri Verneuil, il s'agit de la première œuvre majeure qui traite directement du génocide des Arméniens. Ararat remporte le Prix Génie du meilleur film, une récompense qu'il avait déjà reçu à diverses reprises dans le passé pour le meilleur film, meilleur réalisateur, meilleur scénario et d'autres catégories.

Atom Egoyan reçoit le Prix de la Critique Internationale pour Exotica en 1994 au Festival de Cannes. Il y reçoit le Grand prix du Jury en 1997 pour De beaux lendemains et le Prix du Jury Œcuménique en 2008 pour Adoration. Il en est membre du jury en 1996.

Depuis 2005, Egoyan est aussi le président du Festival international du film d'Erevan. Il avait lui-même remporté le premier prix pour son film Ararat l'année précédente.

En 2010, il réalise Chloé, un remake de Nathalie... d'Anne Fontaine.

En 2014, Atom Egoyan présenta au Festival de Cannes son nouveau thriller Captives qui sortira à l'automne, l'accueil critique des festivaliers est très médiocre.

Best films

Away from Her (2006)
(Executive producer)

Usually with

Mychael Danna
Mychael Danna
(15 films)
Robert Lantos
Robert Lantos
(8 films)
Paul Sarossy
Paul Sarossy
(9 films)
David Hemblen
David Hemblen
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Atom Egoyan (30 films)

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Actor

Rewind This!, 1h34
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about films
Actors Atom Egoyan, Cassandra Peterson, Lloyd Kaufman, Mamoru Oshii, Frank Henenlotter, Kevin Tenney
Roles Himself
Rating71% 3.5938953.5938953.5938953.5938953.593895
Rewind This ! est un documentaire consacré au boom des VHS, de la révolution que l'apparition et la prolifération des cassettes vidéos ont entrainé, et leurs conséquences aujourd'hui. Un film drôle, nostalgique, qui parvient à raconter une certaine histoire du cinéma de genre et de cinéma bis, et où interviennent Cassandra 'Elvira' Peterson, Frank Henenlotter ou encore Mamoru Oshii.
Barney's Version, 2h14
Directed by Richard J. Lewis
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Ellen David, Minnie Driver, Mark Camacho, Rachelle Lefèvre
Roles un réalisateur
Rating72% 3.6491153.6491153.6491153.6491153.649115
Barney Panofsky is living with his best friend Boogie (Speedman) in Rome. He marries the mentally disturbed and unfaithful Clara Charnofsky (Lefevre) after she tells him she is pregnant with his child. Barney later finds out the child is not his, and he demands they separate. Clara commits suicide, and a devastated Barney decides to return home to Montreal.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated, 1h38
Directed by Kirby Dick
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Politique, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Political films
Actors Jack Valenti, Kimberly Peirce, Allison Anders, John Waters, Wayne Kramer, Kevin Smith
Roles Himself - Director of 'Where the Truth lies'
Rating74% 3.7489153.7489153.7489153.7489153.748915
Le film enquête sur le système de classement des films aux États-Unis, organisé par la Motion Picture Association of America.
The Stupids, 1h34
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Themes Children's films
Actors Tom Arnold, Jessica Lundy, Bug Hall, Alex McKenna, Scott Kraft, Mark Metcalf
Roles TV Studio Guard
Rating42% 2.1032252.1032252.1032252.1032252.103225
Joan and Stanley Stupid are convinced they are victims of a conspiracy that steals their garbage every week and in an attempt to uncover this, Stanley follows the garbage truck to the city dump where he stumbles across Lieutenant Neidermeyer who is selling contraband weaponry to a group of terrorists. Neidermeyer believes Stanley to be a secret agent who has uncovered their operation and orders him to be assassinated, and after several attempts on his life result in humorous dispatching of his would be assassins, Stanley narrowly escapes a carbomb and is presumed dead by Neidermeyer.
Calendar
Calendar (1993)
, 1h14
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Actors Arsinée Khanjian, Atom Egoyan, Ashot Adamyan
Roles Photographer
Rating67% 3.3979153.3979153.3979153.3979153.397915
A photographer is sent to Armenia to take pictures of churches for a calendar. He slowly begins to realise that his wife, an Armenian translator, is falling in love with their driver and unofficial guide, Ashot. They grow more and more distant from each other and finally separate. Later, at his home in Toronto, he uses an escort agency to invite a number of women to dinner, finally settling on the one who looks and sounds most like his wife.

Director

Remember
Remember (2015)

Directed by Atom Egoyan
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities
Actors Dean Norris, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Bruno Ganz, Heinz Lieven, Jürgen Prochnow
Rating74% 3.7485953.7485953.7485953.7485953.748595
Dans une maison de retraite aux États-Unis, Zev, un homme de 90 ans qui souffre de démence sénile, se réveille en appelant sa femme, Ruth. Il apprend alors à nouveau qu'elle est morte quelques jours avant. Un autre pensionnaire de la maison, Max, lui rappelle sa promesse : après la mort de Ruth, retrouver l'ancien nazi qui a assassiné leurs familles à Auschwitz ; nommé Otto Wallisch, il a pris la fausse identité de Rudi Kurlander. Max, qui est en fauteuil roulant, et Zev sont les deux derniers rescapés à pouvoir le reconnaître.
The Captive, 1h52
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about children, Films about sexuality, Films about pedophilia
Actors Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Greenwood, Mireille Enos, Scott Speedman, Kevin Durand
Rating59% 2.950122.950122.950122.950122.95012
At a police station in Niagara Falls, Ontario, new detective Jeffrey Cornwall is sitting down for a job interview with Nicole Dunlop who works in the Internet Child Exploitation Unit. He recoils in disgust after seeing the images related to open cases and Nicole tells him that these are the images he will have to see every day. Meanwhile, Niagara Falls resident Matthew Lane picks his nine year old daughter Cassandra up from the arena after her figure skating practice. He comments that her wearing one white skate and one black skate is an unnecessary gimmick given her skill. On the way back, Matthew stops to pick up pie, leaving Cassandra in the car. Minutes later he returns to find her missing and calls out to no success. He reports the abduction to the police station where Dunlop and Cornwall are assigned to the case. Cassandra's mother Tina Lane arrives and breaks down in a fit of fury directed at Matthew.
Devil's Knot, 1h54
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Biography, Crime
Themes Prison films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Reese Witherspoon, Kevin Durand, Stephen Moyer, Mireille Enos, Colin Firth, Elias Koteas
Rating60% 3.049163.049163.049163.049163.04916
In 1993, in the working class community of West Memphis, Arkansas, three eight-year-old boys – Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers, and Michael Moore – go missing from their neighborhood. After an extensive search, their bound and beaten bodies are found the next day. The community and the police department are convinced that the murders are the work of a satanic cult, due to the violent and sexual natures of the crime. A month later, three teenagers – Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr. – are arrested after Misskelley confesses following approximately 12 hours of interrogation. They are taken to trial, where Baldwin and Misskelley are sentenced to life, and Echols to death, all the while still proclaiming their innocence.
Chloe
Chloe (2009)
, 1h31
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Max Thieriot, Nina Dobrev, R.H. Thomson
Rating62% 3.1471253.1471253.1471253.1471253.147125
In a voice-over, Chloe discusses her business as a call girl. Catherine is a gynecologist and her husband David is a college professor. Catherine suspects David of having an affair after she sees a cell-phone picture of him with a female student.
Adoration
Adoration (2008)
, 1h40
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Origin Canada
Genres Drama
Themes Films about education, Films about children, Films about terrorism
Actors Rachel Blanchard, Scott Speedman, Devon Bostick, Arsinée Khanjian, Kenneth Welsh, Noam Jenkins
Rating63% 3.15013.15013.15013.15013.1501
High school French teacher Sabine reads to her class as a translation exercise a French newspaper report of a terrorist who planted a bomb in the airline luggage of his pregnant girlfriend. If the bomb had detonated, it would have killed her, her unborn child, and many others, but it was discovered in time by Israeli security personnel. Egoyan based the story partly on the 1986 Hindawi affair.
To Each His Own Cinema, 1h40
Directed by Claude Lelouch, Abbas Kiarostami, Amos Gitaï, Elia Suleiman, Nanni Moretti, Takeshi Kitano, Andreï Kontchalovski, Youssef Chahine, Roman Polanski, Wim Wenders, Chen Kaige, Raoul Ruiz, Olivier Assayas, Theo Angelopoulos, Michael Cimino, Wong Kar-wai, Manoel de Oliveira, Jane Campion, Alejandro González Iñárritu, David Lynch, Gus Van Sant, Atom Egoyan, Lars von Trier, Ken Loach, Walter Salles, David Cronenberg, Zhang Yimou, Bille August, Aki Kaurismäki, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, Raymond Depardon
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Isabelle Adjani, Anouk Aimée, Antoine Chappey, David Cronenberg, Yosra El Lozy, Taraneh Allidousti
Rating68% 3.401073.401073.401073.401073.40107
35 réalisateurs d'origines très variées (25 pays différents) ont tous mis en scène un court métrage de 3 minutes, sur le thème de la salle de cinéma. Le film en regroupe 33 puisque les frères Coen et les frères Dardenne travaillent ensemble. Celui de David Lynch ne faisait pas partie du film mais a été présenté en ouverture du festival.
Where the Truth Lies, 1h47
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Erotic, Thriller, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, Erotic films, LGBT-related films, Erotic thriller films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman, Rachel Blanchard, Sonja Bennett, David Hayman
Rating64% 3.2483853.2483853.2483853.2483853.248385
In 1957, immediately after co-hosting a 39-hour-long polio telethon in a Miami television studio, entertainers Lanny Morris and Vince Collins fly north to open the new showroom of a New Jersey hotel run by mobster Sally San Marco, who has intimidated them into appearing in order to improve his own image. In their New Jersey hotel suite, shortly after their arrival, the nude body of Miami college student Maureen O'Flaherty is found in a bathtub.
Ararat
Ararat (2002)
, 1h55
Directed by Atom Egoyan
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, War
Themes French war films, Political films
Actors Charles Aznavour, Christopher Plummer, Arsinée Khanjian, David Alpay, Eric Bogosian, Marie-Josée Croze
Rating65% 3.299973.299973.299973.299973.29997
Mettant en perspective pointilliste l'histoire collective de haine recuite entre peuples, plus particulièrement le génocide arménien en 1915 et l'exil qui a suivi, mais aussi la situation actuelle qui forme des fantômes même pour les destins individuels des générations contemporaines et vivant ailleurs par le truchement d'une famille spécialiste de l'image. Cette histoire est à plusieurs tiroirs et vignettes, notamment pour montrer la difficulté de reconstituer une mémoire que l'on n'a pas pu imposer et d'intégrer la complexité d'une situation par différents points de vue.