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Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan


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Born: July 19, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Egypt Profession: Director ...


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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