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Guest of Honour

Venezia 76 Competition

Director:
Atom Egoyan
Production:
Ego Film Arts (Atom Egoyan, Marcy Gerstein), The Film Farm (Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss)
Running Time:
104’
Language:
English, Armenian
Country:
Canada
Main Cast:
David Thewlis, Laysla De Oliveira, Luke Wilson, Rossif Sutherland
Screenplay:
Atom Egoyan
Cinematographer:
Paul Sarossy
Editor:
Susan Shipton
Production Designer:
Phillip Barker
Music:
Mychael Danna
Sound:
Steven Munro, Daniel Pellerin, Rob Fletcher

Synopsis

Jim and his daughter Veronica, a young high-school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets. After a hoax goes very wrong, Jim’s daughter is falsely convicted for abusing her position of authority over 17-year-old Clive. Veronica is nevertheless convinced she deserves to be punished, but for much earlier crimes. Confused and frustrated by Veronica’s intransigence, Jim’s anguish begins to impinge on his job as a food inspector. He wields great power over small family-owned restaurants; a power he doesn’t hesitate to use.

Director’s Statement

How do we access crucial parts of personal history when the people who hold the stories are no longer present? I became obsessed with a father and daughter who are acting strangely for reasons neither of them can understand. There are versions of their own pasts competing for attention. They use various objects to signal things that neither of them can speak about. In many of my films, technology has a crucial role in this place of forgotten rituals and misplaced sacrifices. I am fascinated by the complexity of how truth is finally revealed. There are things a parent can tell a child, and stories are hidden until it is too late.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Atom Egoyan,Marcy Gerstein - Ego Film Arts
80 Niagara Street
M5V 1C5 – Toronto, ON, Canada
Tel. 1 416 703 2137
questions@egofilmarts.com
http://www.egofilmarts.com

PRODUCTION 2: Simone Urdl,Jennifer Weiss - The Film Farm
21 Manning Ave
M6J 2K3 – Toronto, ON, Canada
Tel. 1 416 703 7317
jennifer@thefilmfarm.ca
http://www.thefilmfarm.ca

WORLD SALES: Joris Boyer – Playtime
5 rue Nicolas Flamel
75004 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 153103399
info@playtime.group

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Viviana Andriani - Rendez-vous PR
75 rue des Martyrs
75018 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 42 66 36 35
Mob. + 33 6 80 16 81 39
viviana@rv-press.com

INTL. PRESS OFFICE: Viviana Andriani - Rendez-vous PR
75 rue des Martyrs
75018 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 42 66 36 35
Mob. + 33 6 80 16 81 39
viviana@rv-press.com


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