Monday, May 04, 2009

May 8: Egoyan's ADORATION opens in Vancouver

A PSA From E1 Entertainment Canada 

ADORATION opens May 8: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal

Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 2008 Cannes International Film Festival, ADORATION is Atom Egoyan’s twelfth feature film and furthers the themes of his 25 extraordinary years of filmmaking. ADORATION speaks to our connections---with each other, with our family history, with technology and with the modern world.

When 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). Years ago, Simon's father Sami (Noam Jenkins) crashed the family car, killing both himself and his wife, Rachel (Blanchard), leaving Simon to be raised by his well-meaning uncle (Scott Speedman). In the course of translating, Simon re-imagines that the news item is his own family's story and casts himself as the son of the terrorist standing in for his father. His resulting claims about the deaths of his father and mother stir up a storm that splashes over the edges of his own life and into communities both local and virtual.

Atom Egoyan is an Oscar-nominated, internationally renowned filmmaker. He was born in Cairo and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. He studied international relations and classical guitar at the University of Toronto. In addition to filmmaking, he has created works for the theatre and for interdisciplinary art installations, including his piece Auroras, which was part of the 2007 Luminato Festival in Toronto. His films, many of which have received several of the cinema's most prestigious awards, include Next of Kin (1984), Family Viewing (1987), Speaking Parts (1989), The Adjuster (1991), Calendar (1993), Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Felicia's Journey (1999), Krapp's Last Tape (2000), Ararat(2002) and Where the Truth Lies (2005). He recently wrapped production on the erotic thriller Chloe starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried.

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