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<<< April 24 - 25, 2009 >>>

Atom Egoyan Tribute

 

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An Aero Theatre Exclusive!

 

Since his 1984 debut NEXT OF KIN, Canada-based writer-director Atom Egoyan has been challenging and enlightening audiences with his profound meditations on alienation and isolation in modern life. His early films, including FAMILY VIEWING (1987), SPEAKING PARTS (1989) and THE ADJUSTER (1991), established Egoyan as a fresh new voice in world cinema, and concerned themselves with the ways in which bureaucracy and technology interfere with interpersonal contact. The size of his audience increased with the hit EXOTICA in 1994, and three years later Egoyan won international acclaim with his first adaptation, THE SWEET HEREAFTER. This moving drama was based on a novel by Russell Banks, and it kicked off a series of adaptations for Egoyan that included the somber character study FELICIA’S JOURNEY (1999) and the erotic thriller WHERE THE TRUTH LIES (2005). In 2002, Egoyan dealt with his Armenian heritage in the searing genocide drama ARARAT. His films are often told with fractured, complicated timelines that emphasize the burden of the past and the disjointed nature of contemporary existence. Join us for screenings of two of the director’s early gems, along with a sneak preview of his new film ADORATION, complete with an Egoyan Q&A!

 

 

Friday, April 24 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview! ADORATION, 2009, Sony Pictures Classics, 100 min. The latest film written, produced and directed by Atom Egoyan speaks to our connections with each other, with our family history, with technology and with the modern world. Sabine (Arsinée Khanjian), a high school French teacher, gives her class a translation exercise based on a real news story about a terrorist who plants a bomb in the airline luggage of his pregnant girlfriend. The assignment has a profound effect on one student, Simon (Devon Bostick), who lives with his uncle (Scott Speedman). In the course of translating, Simon reimagines that the news item is his own family's story, with the terrorist standing in for his father. Years ago, Simon's father (Noam Jenkins) crashed the family car, killing both himself and his wife (Rachel Blanchard), making Simon an orphan. Simon has always feared that the accident was intentional. Simon reads his version to the class and then takes it to the internet, creating a false identity that allows him to probe his family secret. As Simon uses his new persona to journey deeper into his past, the public reaction is swift and strong. When an exotic woman reveals her true identity, the truth about Simon's family emerges. The mystery is solved and a new family is formed. Discussion following with director Atom Egoyan and actors Scott Speedman (Tom, the uncle) Devon Bostick (Simon) Rachel Blanchard (Rachel, the mother in the film). View

 

 

Saturday, April 25 – 7:30 PM

Atom Egoyan Double Feature:

THE SWEET HEREAFTER, 1997, Warner Bros., 112 min. After a fatal school bus crash devastates a small town, an aggressive attorney (Ian Holm) arrives to capitalize on the tragedy. As he tries to convince the townspeople to sue whoever (if anyone) is responsible for the accident, the lawyer deals with his troubled relationship with his drug-addicted daughter while his new neighbors deal with secrets and agonies of their own. Atom Egoyan adopts a fragmented, elliptical approach to Russell Banks' novel and creates a powerful ensemble character study. Trailer

FAMILY VIEWING, 1987, Zeitgeist, 86 min. With David Hemblen, Aidan Tierney, Gabrielle Rose… Two years before SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE, Atom Egoyan gave us this riveting exploration of video and its relationship to sex and voyeurism. A young man who feels alienated from everyone around him -- including his father and father’s mistress, who live together in a highrise full of video equipment -- becomes involved with a young woman who works in the phone sex industry. As the plot reveals itself, connections between the characters (like the fact that the father uses phone sex as a tool in his lovemaking) emerge at the same time that all the technology around them creates distancing effects. Haunting and unpredictable, this is one of the best studies of voyeurism on film since PEEPING TOM. More