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Atom Egoyan Egoyan at the Third Golden Apricot Film Festival, February 11, 2007 Born Atom Yeghoyan July 19, 1960 (1960-07-19) (age 51) Cairo,  Egypt Alma mater Trinity College, Toronto Occupation film director, screenwriter, producer & actor Spouse Arsinée Khanjian Website Atom Egoyan, OC (Armenian: Ատոմ Եղոյան; born July 19, 1960) is a critically acclaimed Armenian-Canadian independent film maker,[1] best known for directing the films like Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1997) and Chloe (2009). He has been nominated for two Academy Awards - The Sweet Hereafter for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. His work often explores themes of alienation and isolation, featuring characters whose interactions are mediated through technology, bureaucracy or other power structures. Egoyan's films often follow non-linear plot-structures, in which events are placed out of sequence in order to elicit specific emotional reactions from the audience by withholding key information.[1] In 2008 he received the Dan David Prize for "Creative Rendering of the Past".[2] Contents 1 Life and career 2 Filmography 2.1 Feature films 2.2 TV films 2.3 Short films 2.4 Documentary films 3 Bibliography 4 References 5 External links Life and career Egoyan was born Atom Yeghoyan in Cairo, Egypt, the son of Shushan (née Devletian) and Joseph Yeghoyan, artists who operated a furniture store.[3] His parents were Armenian-Egyptians, and he was named Atom to mark the completion of Egypt's first nuclear reactor. In 1962, however, his parents left Egypt for Canada, where they settled in Victoria, British Columbia, and changed their last name to Egoyan. Atom and his sister, Eve, now a concert pianist based in Toronto, were raised by their parents in British Columbia. As a boy, Atom's desire for assimilation into Canadian society and his struggle with his father led him to reject his family's Armenian culture.[citation needed] However, years later, when he attended the University of Toronto, he began to study Armenian history.[4] As a teenager, he became interested in reading and writing plays. Significant influences included Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. Egoyan also attributes his future in the film industry to the film Persona, which he viewed at age fourteen, according to an interview he had with journalist Robert K. Elder for The Film That Changed My Life. It gave me an incredible respect for the medium and its possibilities. To me, Persona marries a pure form and a very profound vision with absolute conviction. It’s very inspiring. I felt that it was able to open a door that wasn’t there before.[5] He graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. It was at Trinity College that Egoyan came into contact with Harold Nahabedian, the Armenian-Canadian Anglican Chaplain of Trinity College. In interviews Egoyan credited Nahabedian for introducing him to the language and history of his ethnic heritage. Egoyan is now based in Toronto, where he lives with his wife Arsinée Khanjian, a trilingual (English, French and Armenian) Armenian-Canadian actress who appears in many of Egoyan's films, and their son, Arshile (named after the Armenian-American painter Arshile Gorky), who attends the Toronto French School. In 1999, Atom Egoyan was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Egoyan has directed a dozen full-length films, several television episodes, and a few shorter pieces. His early work was based on his own material. In 1984, his debut film "Next of Kin" worldpremiered at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg and won a major prize. He received some notice for the film Exotica (1994), but it was Egoyan's first attempt at adapted material that resulted in his best-known work, The Sweet Hereafter (1997), which earned him universal critical acclaim and Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. He also directed Sarabande featuring Khanjian, Lori Singer, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma's performance of Bach's Fourth Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, as part of the latter's Inspired by Bach film series for Sony Classical. The film Ararat (2002) generated much publicity for Egoyan. After Henri Verneuil's French-language film Mayrig (1991), it was the first major motion picture to deal directly with the Armenian Genocide. Ararat later won the Best Picture prize at the Genie Awards. In 2004 Egoyan opened Camera Bar, a 50-seat cinema-lounge on Queen Street West in Toronto. In 2005 Atom Egoyan joined the faculty of the media and communications division at European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he conducts intensive summer seminars.[1] Beginning in September 2006, Egoyan taught at the University of Toronto for three years.[6] He joined the faculty of arts and science as the dean's distinguished visitor in theatre, film, music and visual studies. In 2006, he received the Master of Cinema Award of the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. Later, he directed the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010. This film grossed $3 million in the United States theatrically and became one of the higher-grossing specialty films in the United States in 2010[7](according to Variety, "$3 million is the new $10 million" for specialty films' box office in 2010[8]). Several months after the DVD/Blu-ray release of Chloe, Atom Egoyan said that this film had made more money than any of his previous films.[9] The success of Chloe led Egoyan to receive many scripts of erotic thrillers.[10] Egoyan has won four awards each at the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Filmography Feature films Year Film Notes 1984 Next of Kin First met Arsinée Khanjian 1987 Family Viewing 1989 Speaking Parts Best Motion Picture nomination, including five others, at the 1989 Genie Awards 1991 The Adjuster 1993 Calendar 1994 Exotica Won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes[11] 1997 The Sweet Hereafter Won three awards at Cannes[12] 1999 Felicia's Journey Palme d'Or nomination at Cannes[13] 2002 Ararat 2005 Where the Truth Lies Palme d'Or nomination at Cannes[14] 2008 Adoration 2009 Chloe TV films In This Corner (1985) Gross Misconduct (1993) Sarabande (1997) Krapp's Last Tape (2000) Short films Howard in Particular (1979) After Grad with Dad (1980) Peep Show (1981) Open House (1982) Men: A Passion Playground (1985) Looking for Nothing (1988) Montréal vu par... / Montreal Sextet (1991) segment: En passant (In Passing) A Portrait of Arshile (1995) The Line (2000) Diaspora (2001) Chacun son cinéma / To Each His Own Cinema (2007) segment: Artaud Double Bill Documentary films Citadel (2003) Bibliography Dear Sandra Atom Egoyan, Volumina (2007) References ^ a b c "Atom Egoyan Faculty Page at European Graduate School (Biography, bibliography and video lectures)". European Graduate School. Retrieved 2010-11-06.  ^ Dan David Prize Official site, Atom Egoyan ^ ^ Interview with Eleanor Wachtel on CBC Radio One's programme Ideas (radio show) on February 9, 2010. cf. Retrieved 2010-02-14. ^ Egoyan, Atom. Interview by Robert K. Elder. The Film That Changed My Life. By Robert K. Elder. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2011. N. p179. Print. ^ Teaching gig just another way to be creative, Egoyan says, August 17, 2006, CBC Arts ^ ^ Stewart, Andrew (April 24, 2010). "Specialty pics face reduced expectations". Variety.  ^ ^ ^ "Festival de Cannes: Exotica". Retrieved 2009-08-26.  ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Sweet Hereafter". Retrieved 2009-09-23.  ^ "Festival de Cannes: Felicia's Journey". Retrieved 2009-10-04.  ^ "Festival de Cannes: Where the Truth Lies". Retrieved 2009-12-06.  External links Ego Film Arts - official Web site Atom Egoyan Faculty page at European Graduate School (Includes biography, filmography, photos and video lectures) Atom Egoyan at the Internet Movie Database Atom Egoyan at Allrovi Order of Canada citation Filmmaker Egoyan set to teach at U. of Toronto Canadian Film Encyclopedia Discussion of Egoyan's film, Calendar by Ron Burnett Literature on Atom Egoyan v · d · eFilms directed by Atom Egoyan Feature films Next of Kin (1984) · Family Viewing (1987) · Speaking Parts (1989) · The Adjuster (1991) · Calendar (1993) · Exotica (1994) · The Sweet Hereafter (1997) · Felicia's Journey (1999) · Ararat (2002) · Where the Truth Lies (2005) · Adoration (2008) · Chloe (2009) TV films In This Corner (1985) · Gross Misconduct (1993) · Sarabande (1997) · Krapp's Last Tape (2000) Short films Howard in Particular (1979) · After Grad with Dad (1980) · Peep Show (1981) · Open House (1982) · Men: A Passion Playground (1985) · Looking for Nothing (1988) · Montréal vu par... / Montreal Sextet segment: En passant (In Passing) (1991) · A Portrait of Arshile (1995) · The Line (2000) · Diaspora (2001) · Chacun son cinéma / To Each His Own Cinema segment: Artaud Double Bill (2007) Persondata Name Egoyan, Atom Alternative names Yeghoyan, Atom Short description film director, screenwriter, producer & actor Date of birth 1960-7-19 Place of birth Cairo, Egypt Date of death Place of death