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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 53 wins & 64 nominations. See more awards »

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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
 2007 To Each His Own Cinema (segment "Artaud Double Bill")
 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's Curse (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Cupid's Quiver (1987)
 1985 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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His 1993 book "Speaking Parts" includes script, essays and interviews re his movie of same name. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 11 Interviews | 9 Articles | See more »


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This idea of clarity and that people should know at all times what's going on is obviously very attractive from a marketing perspective, but I think it would completely eviscerate the power of what these movies are about... We are still discussing what the opening sequence in Persona might mean and the wealth of possibilities that can be read into this piece of work. I believe that's why it ... See more »


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Frequently casts Elias Koteas, Don McKellar, David Hemblen, 'Bruce Greenwood', Maury Chaykin, and Gabrielle Rose See more »

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