The most celebrated of the group of filmmakers to emerge from the so-called Toronto New Wave of the 1980s, the Egypt-born, ethnically Armenian filmmaker Atom Egoyan gained critical recognition with a run of prophetic films focused on fractured families and the isolating impact of new electronic media. Egoyan’s first three sui generis features, which established him as an idiosyncratic new voice, are brought together here, as well as his latest, 2019’s Guest of Honour, which sees the director returning to the audacious experimentation of his early work.
High school teacher Veronica is imprisoned for a crime she didn’t commit, while the ethical lapses of her health inspector father (a superb David Thewlis) lead to tragedy.
A troubled 23-year-old chances across footage of an Armenian family who’d given up their infant son, and decides to present himself as their long-lost child.
Egoyan’s second film tells the story of one man’s dissolution and reunion through a variety of video images