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Atom Egoyan’s long and very distinguished careers in the worlds of cinema and opera converge with spectacular results in the director’s latest. It also marks the welcome return of Amanda Seyfried to what we might call the Egoyanverse, the actor having previously starred in his 2009 thriller Chloe. She gives a riveting performance as Jeanine, a director who’s enlisted to oversee the revival of a production of Richard Strauss’ opera Salome. Jeanine struggles to see through her task due to her fraught personal history with the original production and its controversial creator, her former mentor. This provocative premise becomes a ripe opportunity for Egoyan to revisit many of the psychosexual themes he’s often explored while repurposing elements of his own 1996 mounting of Salome for the Canadian Opera Company. The combination yields a tour de force that’s also a potent reminder of Egoyan’s skill, intelligence and boldness.
Director: Atom Egoyan
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Liddiard, Douglas Smith, Mark O’Brien, Vinessa Antoine
Runtime: 107 minutes
Content advisory: themes of sexual assault; mature themes, sexual situations, coarse language
*Please note, Atom Egoyan will be in attendance for the Q+A on Saturday, March 2 and for the intro only on Sunday, March 3.
Atom Egoyan is a critically acclaimed Armenian-Canadian filmmaker who has directed fifteen feature films that have won five prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, two Academy Award nominations, and four awards at the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition to teaching at The European Graduate School / EGS, he has taught at the University of Toronto and is currently a Writer in Residence in The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University. In 1999, he received Canada’s highest civilian recognition when he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2008, he received the Dan David Prize for Creative Rendering of the Past. Egoyan grew up in Victoria, British Columbia and attended University of Toronto, graduating in 1982 from International Studies. Although he studied to become a diplomat, Egoyan made a short film while a freshman that instilled in him a love of filmmaking. In 1985, He directed episodes of the TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. Today, Egoyan lives in Toronto with his wife and family.
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