In this psychological thriller, Matthew must live through a parent’s worst nightmare when his young daughter, Cassandra, vanishes without a trace. Years later, when detectives Nicole and Jeffrey discover recent images of Cassandra online, Matthew puts everything on the line to get his daughter back.
From Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter), starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line), comes the feature film Devil's Knot, a haunting true mystery about who killed three children in a small town. Devil's Knot transports the audience back to a tiny southern town gripped in fear over supposed satanic ritual murders and trial and conviction of teenagers, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin, also known as the West Memphis Three. The defendants, each of them a social outsider, quickly find themselves up against a community crying out for justice, as well as the police who believe the murders were carried out as part of a satanic occult ritual. Colin Firth stars as Ron Lax, a local private investigator, and Reese Witherspoon stars as Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murdered boys, who both come to suspect that all is not as it appears and while the police call the crimes satanic... the truth may be far scarier.
Catherine (Julianne Moore), a successful doctor, suspects her handsome music professor husband David (Liam Neeson) is cheating on her. To lay her suspicions and fears to rest, she hires an irresistible young woman, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), to test David’s fidelity. Chloe’s torrid tales of her encounters with David lead Catherine on a journey of sexual and sensual re-discovery. But by opening the door to temptation, she puts her family in great danger...
Noah, an insurance adjuster specializing in house fires, takes his clients’ wellbeing so seriously he frequently sleeps with them to provide comfort. His wife, Hera, is a film censor who finds excitement in copying explicit scenes from the movies she is assigned to review. When their lives intersect with a rich couple obsessed with staging elaborate sexual fantasies their secretive lives of artifice and ardour slowly begin to unfold...
Inspired by the real life fire that burnt down Egoyan’s own family home, this hypnotic, dream-like tale of passionate yet dislocated characters has been compared to the films of David Lynch.
It is quintessential Egoyan and sees the director at his very best.
Zev Guttman (Christopher Plummer), receives a mysterious package from his close friend Max (Martin Landau), containing a stack of money and a letter detailing a shocking plan. Both Zev and Max were prisoners in Auschwitz, and the same sadistic guard was responsible for the death of both their families - a guard who, immediately after the war, escaped Germany and has been living in the U.S. ever since under an assumed identity. Along with a wheelchair-bound Max, Zev will embark on a cross-continental road-trip to bring justice once and for all to the man who destroyed both their lives. From director Atom Egoyan and with an incredible lead performance from Christopher Plummer as the frail but unstoppable Zev, Remember is a thrillingly fast-paced revenge story.
Rewind This! explores the enormous cultural and historical impact of the VHS tape. Featuring interviews with filmmakers including Atom Egoyan, Mamoru Oshii, and Jason Eisener, distributors, store owners and rabid tape collectors, the 2013 SXSW Festival hit film traces the many ways home video altered the cultural landscape. Offering a wealth of weird and wild titles, home video transformed the viewing habits and tastes of a generation of audiences. The doc’s look at the home video revolution is enlightening, funny and totally entertaining. A FilmBuff Presentation.
Atom Egoyan’s most critically acclaimed film, graced by a pair of Academy Award nominations and over 40 international festival prizes, ‘The Sweet Hereafter’ is an emotionally gripping, powerfully affecting portrait of grief, loss and human interconnectivity.
Arriving in a small town after a tragic accident, a lawyer visits each member of the community to offer hope and promise financial compensation. But as he delves deeper into their grief he discovers layer upon layer of mystery and tragedy and soon finds himself face to face with his own inner demons…
Starring Oscar-nominated actors Ian Holm and Sarah Polley, this beautifully shot adaptation of Russell Banks’ classic novel is a poignant, powerful and truly memorable work of cinema by a master filmmaker at the top of his game.
Atom Egoyan himself stars as a Canadian photographer sent to Armenia to document historic churches for a calendar commission in this haunting, beguiling and poignant romantic drama.
Taking his Armenian wife with him as a translator, the couple’s relationship begins to unravel as she becomes more and more drawn to her ethnic roots and to their local guide.
A bold, precise and sometimes painfully honest depiction of love, loss and the strange twists of fate that life can throw our way, Calendar is one of Egoyan’s most accomplished and celebrated works.
Welcome to Club Exotica, a place where fantasies can become reality but where illusion runs amuck. Here, in a murky underworld of lust and longing, a lonely accountant named Francis falls for Christina, one of the dancers. Although Christina is already involved with someone, the club owner pushes her towards Francis and a dangerous game of deceit and duplicity begins…
A multi-layered and mysterious portrayal of lives shaped by desire and delusion, Atom Egoyan’s bold erotic thriller is a stunning combination of directorial flair and keen philosophical insight that won him 13 international festival prizes, including a FIPRESCI award at Cannes 1994.
Lance, a film extra, hotel sheet-changer and aspiring gigolo, is looking for his first speaking role. When Clara, an idealistic young screenwriter, checks into the hotel where Lance works, he seduces her into casting him in her current film. Meanwhile, Lance’s co-worker Lisa prowls video stores, obsessively re-watching the movies in which Lance appears as an extra. As their lives slowly become intertwined in a tangled web of desire so do reality and communication begin to break down, showing life up for the illusion it truly is…
An intricate, beguiling labyrinth of desire, hewn from the impassive medium of video, Speaking Parts is the apotheosis of Egoyan’s early style. Mysterious, mesmerising and swarming with unforgettable images, it is a true classic of indie art-house cinema.
“Achieves a remarkable synthesis of intellectual analysis and deeply felt emotion” Time Out
4* “A heavyweight brain-teaser… hypnotic” Tom Tunney, Empire
ADORATION 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 is being brought up by Tom, his uncle (SCOTT SPEEDMAN). In the course of translating, Simon re-imagines 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 been led to believe by his grandfather Morris that the accident was intentional. Encouraged by Sabine to pretend that what starts out as a drama exercise is in fact true, Simon reads his version to the class. In essence, he has created a false identity which allows him to probe his family secret. But the story then takes on a life of its own on the Internet. Sabine loses her job due to the ensuing scandal. She engineers a meeting between herself and Tom where she reveals the true reason for her interest in both Simon and Tom. Meanwhile Simon uses his new persona to journey deeper into his past and come to terms with the reality of what happened years ago. The truth about Simon's family emerges. The mystery is solved and a new family is formed.
A disaffected young man named Van travels to a nursing home to visit his elderly, neglected grandmother, Armen. There he meets Aline, a young phone-sex worker caring for her mother in the adjacent bed. After discovering that his father, Stan, has been using old family videotapes to film himself having sex, Van sets out on a mission to put family affairs in order. But he soon finds himself in way over his head…
A black comedy of mixed and found identities, Family Viewing uses stunning cinematic trickery and a wide range of visual media to portray the breakdown and restoration of a dislocated family unit. Darkly humorous and boldly unpredictable, this complex journey into a world of brutality and sentiment is one of Egoyan’s defining early works.
Joseph Hilditch (Bob Hoskins) is an eccentric chef who lives in a large country manor. He befriends a young woman named Felicia (Elaine Cassidy), who has come to town searching for her boyfriend. Felicia is attached to the seemingly harmless and extremely helpful Hilditch, trusting him, entering his home – and his life – only to discover, too late, that she is not the first woman this man has taken in – although she may be the last.
Peter Foster is a young man with a difficult family. Depressed and frustrated with his lot, he decides to start a course of video-therapy with his domineering parents. At the clinic he comes across some videotapes belonging to a troubled Armenian family who, twenty years earlier, gave up their infant son to a foster home. Seizing the opportunity, Peter decides to present himself as their long lost son and play out a new role in his life…
A sly, smart and slippery comedy filled with haunting, symbolic imagery, Atom Egoyan’s debut feature is a mesmerising meditation on disaffection, longing and the roles played out in modern society that secured his place at the forefront of independent cinema.