|Born||in Cairo, Egypt|
|Birth Name||Atom Yeghoyan|
|Height||5' 7" (1.7 m)|
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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, then broke through critically and commercially with Exotica (1994). Afterwards, The Sweet Hereafter (1997) led him to receive two Academy Award nominations, and then Chloe (2009) became his biggest moneymaker ever (after the film's DVD/Blu-ray release).
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Atom Egoyan's parents were painters and he studied International Relations and music at the University of Toronto where he began making short films: Howard in Particular (1979), After Grad with Dad (1980), Peep Show (1981) and Open House (1982).
While he has several distinguished Television and Opera works on his resume and such pictures as his debut Next of Kin (1984) , Berlin and Moscow International Film Festival-winning Family Viewing (1987) and Exotica (1994) -- his most critically acclaimed picture is The Sweet Hereafter (1997) and his biggest commercial success is the erotic thriller Chloe (2009).
Egoyan's Ararat (2002) -- about the 1915 Armenian Genocide perpetrated by Turks in the Turkish Ottoman Empire -- depicted the consequences and suffering of a child survivor Arshile Gorky, who became the pioneer of the American Abstract Expressionism. Ararat (2002) won five honors at Canada's top Genie Awards.
Egoyan has also collected numerous awards at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.
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|Arsinée Khanjian||(19? - present) (1 child)|