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Atom Egoyan


Born in Egypt to Armenian parents, he was raised in Western Canada. Both his parents were painters, and he planned to be a playwright, but after making a short film, he became hooked on telling stories visually. Returned to ethnic "homeland" when he filmed Calendar (1993) in Armenia. Won attention at the Sundance Film Festival for earlier work, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 57 wins & 71 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Sweet Hereafter
(1997)
The Captive
The Captive Director
(2014)
Exotica
Exotica Director
(1994)
Where the Truth Lies
(2005)

Filmography

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 2015/I Remember
 2014 The Captive
 2013 Devil's Knot
 2013 Venice 70: Future Reloaded (Documentary)
 2012 Mundo Invisível (segment "Yerevan")
 2009 Chloe
 2008 Adoration
 2006 Citadel (Documentary)
 2002 Ararat
 2001 Close (Short)
 2001 Diaspora (Short)
 2000 The Line (Short)
 2000 Krapp's Last Tape (TV Movie)
 1997 Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach (TV Series)
 1995 A Portrait of Arshile (Documentary short)
 1994 Exotica
 1993 Calendar
 1991 Montréal vu par... (segment "En passant")
 1991 The Adjuster
 1989 The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Wall (1989)
 1988 Looking for Nothing (TV Short)
 1987-1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Final Twist (1987)
 1987 Friday the 13th: The Series (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Cupid's Quiver (1987)
 1986 In This Corner (TV Movie)
 1985 Men: A Passion Playground (Short)
 1984 Next of Kin
 1982 Open House (Short)
 1981 Peep Show (Short)
 1980 After Grad with Dad (Short)
 1979 Howard in Particular (Short)
 1977 Lust of a Eunuch (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He directed Samuel Beckett's play, "Eh Joe," in a Gate Theatre Dublin Production at the Duke of York's Theatre in London, England with Michael Gambon and Penelope Wilton in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 12 Interviews | 9 Articles | See more »


Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Exotica (1994)] To me, the obvious definition of the exotic is something outside our immediate experience. But ultimately, what really drives the film is the exoticism that we feel towards our own experience, that point at which our own memory, and our own relationship to the things that are closest to us become exotic. See more »

Trivia:

One of his favorite movies is Sergei Parajanov's The Color of Pomegranates (1969), his best friend Mikhail Vartanov's most favorite film. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently repeats voice-over sequences thoughout the course of a film See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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