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Also Known As: Atom Yeghoyan Died:
Born: July 19, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Egypt Profession: director, editor, producer, screenwriter

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A stylish and highly assured filmmaker, Egyptian-born Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan produced work that combined self-reflexive meditations on the nature of film and video, examinations of psycho-sexual behavior and a black, ironic sense of humor. Often ruminating on the themes of fractured families, voyeurism, obsession and technology, Egoyan emerged in the mid-1980s as a director to watch with early films like "Next of Kin" (1984), "Family Viewing" (1987) and "Speaking Parts" (1989). He made a big splash with the highly-charged erotic drama, "Exotica" (1994), which was a favorite at the Cannes Film Festival before earning an art house release in the United States. But it was his exemplary drama "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997) that earned him some of the greatest acclaim of his career, as well as two nominations at the Academy Awards. From there, he earned wider attention for "Felicity's Journey" (1999), "Ararat" (2002) and the Palme d'Or-winning "Where the Truth Lies" (2005). Though he stumbled critically with the nonetheless commercially successful erotic drama, "Chloe" (2010), Egoyan remained one of the most challenging and talked-about directors on the international scene. ...

A stylish and highly assured filmmaker, Egyptian-born Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan produced work that combined self-reflexive meditations on the nature of film and video, examinations of psycho-sexual behavior and a black, ironic sense of humor. Often ruminating on the themes of fractured families, voyeurism, obsession and technology, Egoyan emerged in the mid-1980s as a director to watch with early films like "Next of Kin" (1984), "Family Viewing" (1987) and "Speaking Parts" (1989). He made a big splash with the highly-charged erotic drama, "Exotica" (1994), which was a favorite at the Cannes Film Festival before earning an art house release in the United States. But it was his exemplary drama "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997) that earned him some of the greatest acclaim of his career, as well as two nominations at the Academy Awards. From there, he earned wider attention for "Felicity's Journey" (1999), "Ararat" (2002) and the Palme d'Or-winning "Where the Truth Lies" (2005). Though he stumbled critically with the nonetheless commercially successful erotic drama, "Chloe" (2010), Egoyan remained one of the most challenging and talked-about directors on the international scene.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Remember (2015)
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  Chloe (2009)
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  Adoration (2008)
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  Ararat (2002) Director
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  Line, The (2000) Director
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  Felicia's Journey (1999) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Barney's Version (2010)
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 I Think I Cannes (1999)
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 Stupids, The (1996) Tv Studio Guard
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 At Sundance (1995) Himself
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 Camilla (1994)
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 Calendar (1993) Photographer
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1963:
At age two, moved with his family from Egypt to Canada
1979:
Made four short films while at University: "Howard in Particular" (1979), "After Grad with Dad" (1980), "Peep Show" (1981) and "Open House" (1982)
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Formed Ego Arts Films
1984:
Directed first feature, "Next of Kin"
1989:
Directed the Canadian film, "Speaking Parts"
1993:
Wrote and directed the independent film, "Calendar"; also produced, edited and acted in
1994:
Co-starred with Bridget Fonda and Jessica Tandy in "Camilla"
1994:
Directed the Canadian film, "Exotica"
1996:
Directed the stage opera, "Salome"
1997:
Received widespread acclaim for his adaptation of "The Sweet Hereafter"; earned Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay
1999:
First feature not filmed in Canada, "Felicia's Journey"
2000:
Directed the film adaptation of Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape"
2002:
Created the art installation "Steenbeckett" at the former Museum of Mankind in London
2002:
Wrote and directed the film, "Ararat," about a director making a movie about the Armenian genocide of the early 20th Century
2005:
Helmed the feature adaptation of "Where the Truth Lies"
2007:
Produced Sarah Polley's feature film directorial debut, "Away From Her"
2008:
Wrote and directed "Adoration," which is loosely based on the 1986 Hindawi affair, where a terrorist unsuccessfully planted a bomb in the airline luggage of his pregnant girlfriend traveling to Israel
2010:
Directed Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried in the erotic thriller, "Chloe"
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Education

University of Toronto: - 1982

Notes

Named "Atom" by his parents because there was a nuclear power plant built in Egypt the year he was born. "My parents thought it would be cool to name their son after what was going to be a predominant source of energy for the future. As opposed to calling me 'television monitor'" --Egoyan quoted in INTERVIEW, March, 1995.

"I have worked in a hotel for five years. I have worked in film for ten. Both of these professions involve the creation of illusion. In one, the territory of illusion is a room. In the other, it is a screen. People move in and out of rooms. Actors move in and out of screens. "Speaking Parts" explores a terrain which moves between rooms and screens; a terrain of memory and desire. Somewhere in the passage from a room to a screen, a person is transformed into an image. I am fascinated by this crucial moment, and by the contradictions involved in making images of people." --Atom Egoyan (PR/"Speaking Parts" 1989)

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wife:
Arsinee Khanjian. Actor. Born c. 1959.

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mother:
Shushan Egoyan. Furniture store owner. Armenian refugee who first settled in Egypt, then Canada.
father:
Joseph Egoyan. Furniture store owner. Armenian refugee who first settled in Egypt, then Canada.
sister:
Eve Egoyan. Younger.
son:
Arshile Egoyan. Born September 20, 1993; named after painter Arshile Gorky; Egoyan made a short film "A Portrait of Arshile" in 1995.
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