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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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Other Works:

"Elsewhereless" (1998 opera written and directed by Atom Egoyan, composed by Rodney Sharman) 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:

I started my career, thankfully maybe, with a first feature that I'm really proud of, that got some really dismissive reviews at the time. I realized I had to have a really thick skin if I wanted to pursue this. You can't be vulnerable. It's just the nature of it. [2014] See more »

Trivia:

Graduated University of Toronto, B.A. International Relations, 1982. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently tackles the subject of past wrongs and/or injustice (ex. Ararat (2002), Where the Truth Lies (2005), Exotica (1994), and _The Devil's Knot (2012)_) See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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