18 Facts About Atom Egoyan


Atom Egoyan was part of a loosely-affiliated group of filmmakers to emerge in the 1980s from Toronto known as the Toronto New Wave.

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Atom Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica, a film set primarily in and around the fictional Exotica strip club.

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Atom Egoyan is considered by local film critic Geoff Pevere to be one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation.

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Atom Egoyan is the son of Shushan and Joseph Yeghoyan, Armenian-Egyptian artists who operated a furniture store.

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Atom Egoyan was named Atom to mark the completion of Egypt's first nuclear reactor.

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Atom Egoyan has a sister, Eve, who is a concert pianist based in Toronto.

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Atom Egoyan graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

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In interviews Atom Egoyan credited Nahabedian for introducing him to the language and history of his ethnic heritage.

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Atom Egoyan wrote for the University of Toronto's independent weekly, The Newspaper, during his time at the school.

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Atom Egoyan began making films in the early 1980s; his debut film Next of Kin world-premiered at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg and won a major prize.

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Atom Egoyan directed the Twilight Zone episode 'The Wall' which was first released in 1985.

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Atom Egoyan received the Grand Prix in Brussels, the FIPRESCI Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and Best Motion Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards .

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In 2004, Atom Egoyan opened Camera Bar, a 50-seat cinema-lounge on Queen Street West in Toronto.

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Atom Egoyan joined the Faculty of Arts and Science as the Dean's Distinguished Visitor in theatre, film, music, and visual studies.

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In 2015, Atom Egoyan directed the thriller Remember, which starred Christopher Plummer and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, before being given a limited release in theatres.

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Atom Egoyan is based in Toronto, where he lives with his wife Arsinee Khanjian, an actress who appears in many of his films, and their son, Arshile .

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In 1999, Atom Egoyan was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, it was later upgraded to Companion of the order in 2015, the highest level of the honour.

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Atom Egoyan was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Film Festival of India in 2017.

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