The Adjuster (1991)
Egoyan revealed he was developing an adaptation of science-fiction book about Artificial Intelligence.
“This book looks at the history of Artificial Intelligence from (the point of view of) people who dedicated their lives to artificial intelligence and who have personal needs to find it.”
Added Egoyan, “It becomes very political because artificial intelligence is the next domain. Suddenly there is the possibility of creating beings with brains that are more progressive than ours so it’s gets hugely political.”
The soft-spoken helmer said the sic-fi project was more suited for TV drama than a feature.
Speaking of TV prospects, Egoyan said he experimented television at the beginning of his career.
The first title out of the gate at this morning’s 8:30 a.m. showing was the first of three Canadian films in the Main Competition. Snatched up earlier by the A24 folks, starring Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson and Mireille Enos, The Captive landed mostly 2 star notes with our panel, unfortunately making Atom Egoyan’s kidnapping thriller the first misfire of the fest. Winner of the Grand Prix and the International Critic’s Prize by the F.I.P.R.E.S.C.I.for The Sweet Hereafter in 1997, the Canuck has been at the fest’s Directors’ Fortnight for Speaking Parts (1989) and The Adjuster (1991) and found a home in the official selections for six features: Exotica (1994), Felicia’s Journey (1993), Ararat (2002 – Out of Comp), Where the Truth Lies (2005) and 2008′s Adoration.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s over three hour dialogue driven drama occupied a one time showing 3:00 p.
Since hitting his stride in the 90s with a series of multi-faceted, insightful dramas—Speaking Parts, The Adjuster, Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Felicia’s Journey, Ararat—Egoyan has hit a slump in regard to critical acclaim for his more recent work. But hopefully “The Captive” will put the major Canadian filmmaker—and former Cannes winner—back on the map. The plot, which involves the disappearance of a little girl and her subsequent re-surfacing eight years later on an unknown web-feed, seems like a good fit for the veteran director.
The film also stars Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos, Scott Speedman, and Egoyan preferred actor, Bruce Greenwood.
The actor Maury Chaykin, who has died aged 61 after a heart-valve infection, was an American and a Canadian citizen, and his career reflected his dual nationality. In the Us, he was a familiar face, if not a recognisable name, playing small but telling roles in major films. His breakthrough came in Dances With Wolves (1990), playing Major Fambrough, who sends Kevin Costner on his frontier assignment and then kills himself. Chaykin's only leading role was in the cable TV series A Nero Wolfe Mystery (2001), as the titular detective who refuses to leave his house, delegating that to his assistant (Timothy Hutton).
In Canada, Chaykin was something of a national treasure. He won a Genie award for best actor for his performance as a Brian Wilson-like burned-out rock star in Whale Music (1994), gave remarkable performances in three films directed by Atom Egoyan
A year is a long time in the movies. Fifteen months ago, I met the Canadian film-maker Atom Egoyan as he brought his low-key indie Adoration to the London film festival. The venue was an anonymous hotel cafe. At the festival's next edition, Egoyan returns with a new film, Chloe; this one stars Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried, and Egoyan is holding forth in a suite at Claridge's in central London. Things have clearly gone well for him.
At our first enconter, in the cafe, Egoyan was nursing a hangover that made him pleasantly effusive. He wasn't what I expected. Even his actors can be confused; before starting work on Adoration, one of its leads,
- As part of the special Cannes short film collection known as Chacun son cinema, in his 3 minute short film titled Artaud double bill, Atom EgoyanAtom Egoyan
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