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Born in 1960 in Cairo, Egypt, from parents of Armenian origin, he moved to Canada at the age of 3. His films, which have won many awards in international film festivals, often rely on non-linear narrative structures to explore themes involving reflecting on one’s origins, the search for truth, the influence of technology and power in human relationships. He made his directorial debut in 1979 with the short film Howard in Particular; in 1984 he directed his first feature-length film Next of Kin. He also directed several episodes of the television series The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock presents. His films also include Exotica (1994, winner of the FIPRESCI award at the Cannes Film Festival, this was the film that won him international fame), The Sweet Hereafter, inspired by the novel by Russell Banks (1997, winner of the Special Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival), the thriller Felicia’s Journey (1999, starring Bob Hoskins and Elaine Cassidy), Ararat (2002), centred on the trail of sorrow left behind for generations by the Armenian genocide in 1915, Where the Truth Lies (2005, in Competition at Cannes) and the murky ménage of secrets and passion in Chloe (2009), a remake of Nathalie by Anne Fontaine, starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried. Egoyan participated twice in the Venice Film Festival: in 1997 with Bach Suite #4 – Sarabande, an episode in the anthology film Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach, in which he examines the effect of music on the daily lives of the characters, and in 2000 with Krapp’s Last Tape, the story of an old man who re-assesses his existence by listening to his own thirty-nine year-old voice recorded on tape.
1997 – Bach Suite #4 – Sarabande (in Yi-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach) – Special Events - Immagini e musica section (screenwriter, director)
2000 – Krapp’s Last Tape – Nuovi territori section (director)