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LFF Connects: Atom Egoyan

One of the most celebrated contemporary filmmakers, Atom Egoyan joins us to discuss his distinguished body of work – which includes opera, theatre, music, and art installations - and the making of Guest of Honour, his latest exploration of unresolved personal trauma and its unintended consequences.

Exploring issues around memory, displacement, and the impact of technology and media on modern life, Atom Egoyan is one of the most celebrated contemporary filmmakers. Egoyan joins us to discuss his distinguished body of work - which includes opera, theatre, music, and art installations - and the making of Guest of Honour, his latest exploration of unresolved personal trauma and its unintended consequences. Starting his career as a short film director at the age of 17, Egoyan made his feature debut in 1984 with his film Next of Kin. His commercial breakthrough came with Exotica (1994), for which he received the Grand Prix in Brussels, the FIPRESCI Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and Best Motion Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards. It was Egoyan's adaptation of Russell Banks' novel The Sweet Hereafter (1997) which resulted in his best-known work, earning him three prizes at the 50th Cannes Film Festival-the Grand Prix, the FIPRESCI Jury Prize, and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. The film also saw Egoyan nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 1998 Academy Awards. In 2009, Egoyan directed the erotic thriller Chloe, starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, and Amanda Seyfried in the title role; the film became one of the higher-grossing specialty films of that year. Egoyan is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la France.

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Tickets £18 on sale to BFI Champions/Patrons Thu 19 Sep 10:00, BFI Members Thu 19 Sep 11:00 and to the public from Fri 20 Sep 10:00

Special £5 tickets for 25 & Under are bookable in advance at bfi.org.uk/lff/25-and-under.

This talk will be hosted by Jonathan Romney, BFI London Film Festival Advisor, France.

See our screenings of Guest of Honour.

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