Atom Egoyan

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A stylish and highly assured filmmaker, Egyptian-born Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan produced work that combined self-reflexive meditations on the nature of film and video, examinations of psycho-sexual behavior and a ... Read more »
Born: 07/18/1960 in Egypt

Filmography

Director (30)

Remember 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Devil's Knot 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Moving the Arts 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Captive 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Chloe 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Adoration 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Chacun son cinema 2007 (Movie)

("Artaud Double Bill") (Director)

Where the Truth Lies 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Ararat 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Line 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Felicia's Journey 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sweet Hereafter 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Sarabande 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Exotica 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Calendar 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Adjuster 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Gross Misconduct 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Montreal Vu Par... 1990 (Movie)

("En Passant") (Director)

Speaking Parts 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Family Viewing 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Looking For Nothing 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

The Final Twist 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Men: A Passion Playground 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

In This Corner 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Next of Kin 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Open House 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Peep Show 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

After Grad With Dad 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Howard in Particular 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Krapp's Last Tape (TV Show)

Director
Producer (19)

The Captive 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Adoration 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Away From Her 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mouth to Mouth 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sabah 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Where the Truth Lies 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Saddest Music in the World 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Foolproof 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ararat 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Babyface 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Jack and Jill 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Sweet Hereafter 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Curtis's Charm 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Exotica 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Calendar 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Adjuster 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Speaking Parts 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Family Viewing 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Next of Kin 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (17)

Rewind This! 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Rep 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Barney's Version 2010 (Movie)

O'Malley Director #1 (Actor)

It Came From Kuchar 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

40X15: Forty Years of the Directors' Fortnight 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

This Film is Not Yet Rated 2006 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Je T'aime...Moi Non Plus 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Conversations in World Cinema 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stupids 1996 (Movie)

TV Studio Guard (Actor)

At Sundance 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Calendar 1994 (Movie)

Photographer (Actor)

Camilla 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Boite a Soleil 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Indie Sex: Censored (TV Show)

Actor

Indie Sex: Taboos (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (15)

The Captive 2014 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Captive 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Adoration 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Where the Truth Lies 2005 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Ararat 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Line 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Felicia's Journey 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sweet Hereafter 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Exotica 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Calendar 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Adjuster 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Montreal Vu Par... 1990 (Movie)

("En Passant") (Screenplay)

Speaking Parts 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Family Viewing 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Next of Kin 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (5)

Calendar 1994 (Movie)

(Toronto) (Editor)

The Adjuster 1992 (Movie)

co-editor (Editor)

Speaking Parts 1990 (Movie)

(Editor)

Family Viewing 1988 (Movie)

(Editor)

Next of Kin 1984 (Movie)

(Editor)
Music (1)

Next of Kin 1984 (Movie)

guitarist(classical music performer) (Music)
Other (1)

A Fortified City 1992 (Movie)

collaborator (Production)

Biography

A stylish and highly assured filmmaker, Egyptian-born Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan produced work that combined self-reflexive meditations on the nature of film and video, examinations of psycho-sexual behavior and a black, ironic sense of humor. Often ruminating on the themes of fractured families, voyeurism, obsession and technology, Egoyan emerged in the mid-1980s as a director to watch with early films like "Next of Kin" (1984), "Family Viewing" (1987) and "Speaking Parts" (1989). He made a big splash with the highly-charged erotic drama, "Exotica" (1994), which was a favorite at the Cannes Film Festival before earning an art house release in the United States. But it was his exemplary drama "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997) that earned him some of the greatest acclaim of his career, as well as two nominations at the Academy Awards. From there, he earned wider attention for "Felicity's Journey" (1999), "Ararat" (2002) and the Palme d'Or-winning "Where the Truth Lies" (2005). Though he stumbled critically with the nonetheless commercially successful erotic drama, "Chloe" (2010), Egoyan remained one of the most challenging and talked-about directors on the international scene.

Relationships

Joseph Egoyan

Father
Armenian refugee who first settled in Egypt, then Canada

Shushan Egoyan

Mother
Armenian refugee who first settled in Egypt, then Canada

Arshile Egoyan

Son
Born Sept. 20, 1993 mother, Arsinee Khanjian named after painter Arshile Gorky Egoyan made a short film, titled after his son, "A Portrait of Arshile" in 1995

Eve Egoyan

Sister
Younger

Arsinee Khanjian

Wife
Born c. 1959 has appeared in many of her husband's films

EDUCATION

University of Toronto

1982

Milestones

2010

Directed Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried in the erotic thriller, "Chloe"

2008

Wrote and directed "Adoration," which is loosely based on the 1986 Hindawi affair, where a terrorist unsuccessfully planted a bomb in the airline luggage of his pregnant girlfriend traveling to Israel

2007

Produced Sarah Polley's feature film directorial debut, "Away From Her"

2005

Helmed the feature adaptation of "Where the Truth Lies"

2002

Created the art installation "Steenbeckett" at the former Museum of Mankind in London

2002

Wrote and directed the film, "Ararat," about a director making a movie about the Armenian genocide of the early 20th Century

2000

Directed the film adaptation of Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape"

1999

First feature not filmed in Canada, "Felicia's Journey"

1997

Received widespread acclaim for his adaptation of "The Sweet Hereafter"; earned Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay

1996

Directed the stage opera, "Salome"

1994

Directed the Canadian film, "Exotica"

1994

Co-starred with Bridget Fonda and Jessica Tandy in "Camilla"

1993

Wrote and directed the independent film, "Calendar"; also produced, edited and acted in

1989

Directed the Canadian film, "Speaking Parts"

1984

Directed first feature, "Next of Kin"

1979

Made four short films while at University: "Howard in Particular" (1979), "After Grad with Dad" (1980), "Peep Show" (1981) and "Open House" (1982)

1963

At age two, moved with his family from Egypt to Canada

Formed Ego Arts Films

Bonus Trivia

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Named 'Atom' by his parents because there was a nuclear power plant built in Egypt the year he was born. "My parents thought it would be cool to name their son after what was going to be a predominant source of energy for the future. As opposed to calling me 'television monitor'" - Egoyan quoted in Interview magazine, March, 1995

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In 1999, Atom Egoyan was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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In 2004 Egoyan opened Camera Bar, a 50-seat cinema-lounge on Queen Street West in Toronto.

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