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Atom Egoyan, Cinematographer Paul Sarossy on Vengeance Tale ‘Remember’

Atom Egoyan, Cinematographer Paul Sarossy on Vengeance Tale ‘Remember’
Bydgoszcz, Poland — After 27 years and a dozen films together, Atom Egoyan and Dp Paul Sarossy can just about communicate telepathically. So their most recent film together, the vengeance story “Remember” — a chillingly topical exploration of racism lurking just beneath the surface of an apparently wholesome America — is all the more surprising for its departure from the style they’ve developed through the course of work from “Exotica” to “Where the Truth Lies” via “The Sweet Hereafter.”

The Canadian pair, who received together the Director Duo Award at Poland’s Camerimage fest on Friday, presented the film at a sold out screening as the final main competition film at the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz.

Egoyan says the main character of “Remember,” introduced as a Holocaust survivor with dementia who has just lost his last anchor point, his wife Ruth, needed a visual style that was more “untethered.”

As Midwestern landscapes roll by,
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Filming sex scenes: 13 directors and their approaches

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Film directors and their crew discuss the techniques and approaches to capturing fruitiness on the big (and small) screen...

John Badham has written a couple of excellent books where he passed on advice about directing movies, and the lessons he's learned across his own career. In the latest, John Badham On Directing, he raises the spectre of filming sex scenes, and the problems that ensue.

Actors get really spooked when it comes to intimacy in a scene, even kissing", he wrote. "This is where the director has to be extremely patient with the actors and know that the emotional or intimate part of scenes don’t always shoot as easily as the production department thinks they should. The actors are not robots on a Toyota assembly line".

But just how do different filmmakers approach putting intimacy on film? In lots of different ways, is the answer...

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Sarajevo fest to honour Atom Egoyan

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Sarajevo fest to honour Atom Egoyan
Director’s latest feature Remember to screen at Venice and Toronto.

The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 14-22) is to pay tribute to Canadian director Atom Egoyan, who will receive Honorary Heart of Sarajevo for his contribution to film.

The festival will screen three of his films: Exotica (1994), set in and around a fictional strip club; Cannes award-winner The Sweet Hereafter (1997); and Ararat (2002), a drama about the Armenian genocide.

Egoyan, who was born to Armenian parents in Egypt but moved to Canada aged two, has directed more than a dozen features, several TV projects, and shorts.

Following critical acclaim and accolades for Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter and Ararat, his films of the past decade have included crime drama Where The Truth Lies, starring Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon; true crime drama Devil’s Knot, again with Firth and Reese Witherspoon; and thriller The Captive, starring Ryan Reynolds.

Egoyan’s latest feature, Remember, starring
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Atom Egoyan Defends 'The Captive' and Addresses His Critics

Atom Egoyan Defends 'The Captive' and Addresses His Critics
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "The Captive," is available now On Demand. This interview originally ran during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.] Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan has been a fixture on La Croisette since his 1994 breakout feature "Exotica," which took the Fipresci prize. "The Sweet Hereafter" won that same award in addition to the Grand Prix honor in 1997. The filmmaker's career has by no means taken a nosedive since, but to many, he hasn't lived up to the promise set by his earlier efforts (save for "Felicia's Journey," which featured a great performance by the late Bob Hoskins). "Where the Truth Lies," "Adoration" and "Chloe" were all met with mixed reviews, while his latest to open in theaters, the West Memphis Three drama "Devil's Knot," was his worst...
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‘The Captive’ Trailer: Daughter’s Vanishing Haunts Ryan Reynolds In Atom Egoyan Thriller

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‘The Captive’ Trailer: Daughter’s Vanishing Haunts Ryan Reynolds In Atom Egoyan Thriller
Oscar-nominated Atom Egoyan (Exotica, Where the Truth Lies, Chloe) has a new psychological thriller to untangle in The Captive (formerly Queen Of The Night), starring Ryan Reynolds and The Killing’s Mireille Enos as a couple plagued by the unsolved disappearance of their young daughter Cassandra. Years later, mementos of Cassandra’s start mysteriously appearing and two detectives (Rosario Dawson and Scott Speedman) discover recent images of the girl online. Egoyan penned the script with David Fraser; Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast, and Bruce Greenwood also star. Watch the trailer above for The Captive, which is currently available via DirectTV and hits theaters December 12.
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‘The Captive’, Atom Egoyan’s newest feature, gets a Us trailer

Filmmaker Atom Egoyan has, over the course of his career, garnered critical and commercial acclaim for a number of features, including The Sweet Hereafter, Where the Truth Lies, and Chloe. With his last feature coming in 2013, many were thus intrigued to learn that he was already at work on a new project. Titled The Captive, Egoyan takes on directing duties this time, along with co-writing the screenplay with David Fraser, and working with a cast that includes Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos, and Kevin Durand. A Us trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.

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The Captive: new trailer, starring Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds and Mirielle Enos star in the forthcoming thriller The Captive, directed by Atom Egoyan. A new trailer's here...

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Atom Egoyan's the Canadian director behind such acclaimed films as The Sweet Hereafter and Where The Truth Lies, while his most recent feature was last year's crime thriller, Devil's Knot.

The Captive is another thriller, this one starring Ryan Reynolds and Mirieille Enos as a husband and wife whose daughter vanishes, only to suddenly reappear again eight years later. Then the parents discover that they've been spied on the whole time. What's that all about?

The intriguing premise is joined by a great supporting cast, including Rosario Dawson, Bruce Greenwood and the great Kevin Durand. Early reviews from Cannes weren't glowing, but the frosty, paranoid atmosphere in the trailer (below) still leaves us wanting to know what happens next.

The Captive doesn't have a firm release date yet,
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Cannes Review: ‘The Captive’ Can’t Even Hold Our Interest

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a grizzled father clashes with a troubled detective as they search for the former’s missing daughter in the dead of winter, in this thriller from a Canadian director. You’re stopping me? Great. We’re not talking about Denis Villenueve’s strikingly moody, logically suspect Prisoners, though, but Atom Egoyan’s similarly titled and thoroughly lunkheaded The Captive. Before the opening credits have ended, we meet not only the captive herself, a teenage girl named Cassandra (Alexia Fast), but her captor, Mika (Kevin Durand), a preening real estate developer with a suitably pervy mustache. It’s been eight years since Cassandra’s abduction near Niagara Falls, but Mika has only recently begun taunting her estranged parents, Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) and Tina (Mireille Enos), covertly broadcasting their renewed anguish for an unseen audience and still stumping the authorities, chief among them Detectives Dunlop (Rosario Dawson) and Cornwall (Scott Speedman
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2014 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 2: No Sweet Hereafter Found in Egoyan’s “The Captive” & Ceylan Shines with Gender Role Malaise in “Winter Sleep”

Cannes – Friday May 16th

The first title out of the gate at this morning’s 8:30 a.m. showing was the first of three Canadian films in the Main Competition. Snatched up earlier by the A24 folks, starring Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson and Mireille Enos, The Captive landed mostly 2 star notes with our panel, unfortunately making Atom Egoyan’s kidnapping thriller the first misfire of the fest. Winner of the Grand Prix and the International Critic’s Prize by the F.I.P.R.E.S.C.I.for The Sweet Hereafter in 1997, the Canuck has been at the fest’s Directors’ Fortnight for Speaking Parts (1989) and The Adjuster (1991) and found a home in the official selections for six features: Exotica (1994), Felicia’s Journey (1993), Ararat (2002 – Out of Comp), Where the Truth Lies (2005) and 2008′s Adoration.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s over three hour dialogue driven drama occupied a one time showing 3:00 p.
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Cannes: Atom Egoyan Defends 'The Captive' and Addresses His Many Critics: 'I have a really thick skin'

Cannes: Atom Egoyan Defends 'The Captive' and Addresses His Many Critics: 'I have a really thick skin'
Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan has been a fixture on La Croisette since his 1994 breakout feature "Exotica," which took the Fipresci prize. "The Sweet Hereafter" won that same award in addition to the Grand Prix honor in 1997. The filmmaker's career has by no means taken a nosedive since, but to many, he hasn't lived up to the promise set by his earlier efforts (save for "Felicia's Journey," which featured a great performance by the late Bob Hoskins). "Where the Truth Lies," "Adoration" and "Chloe" were all met with mixed reviews, while his latest to open in theaters, the West Memphis Three drama "Devil's Knot," was his worst reviewed effort to date. His last two films ("Chloe" and "Devil's Knot") weren't given a Cannes berth, so early signs pointed to "The Captive" being a likely comeback for Egoyan. Unfortunately, according to the majority of critics in the room for today's world premiere at Cannes,
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The 10 Films That Might Surprise or Shock Us at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival

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The 10 Films That Might Surprise or Shock Us at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival
The 2014 Cannes Film Festival launches on Wednesday, and with it comes a slew of films sure to shock, surprise and provoke, just as last year's Palme d'Or winner "Blue is the Warmest Color" did when it world premiered at the event. Here are 10 films that could potentially follow suit. "The Captive," dir. Atom Egoyan Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan has been a fixture on La Croisette since his 1994 breakout feature "Exotica," which took the Fipresci prize. "The Sweet Hereafter" won that same award in addition to the Grand Prix honor in 1997. The filmmaker’s career has by no means taken a nosedive since, but to many, he hasn’t lived up to the promise set by his earlier efforts (save for "Felicia’s Journey," which featured a great performance by the late Bob Hoskins). "Where the Truth Lies," "Adoration" and "Chloe" were all met with mixed reviews, while his latest, the
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Exclusive: Atom Egoyan Talks the Challenges and Rewards of Directing Devil's Knot

As the tagline from the latest Atom Egoyan film, Devil's Knot (review), states, “They say the crimes were satanic. The truth may be scarier.” Based on the convictions of the men accused of the "West Memphis Three" murders, it focuses on the families and legal aspects of the case.

We recently chatted with director Egoyan about how he became involved in the project, which describes how Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Jason Baldwin, and Damien Echols (aka the West Memphis Three) were exonerated and released after serving nearly 20 years in prison.

He also touched on why he chose to focus on some lesser known principals from the case, the challenges of bringing this story to the screen, what he learned about the U.S. justice system while making the film, and more.

Dread Central: So, how did you first become aware of the West Memphis Three story, and what was it about
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Cannes Check 2014: Ryan Reynolds in Atom Egoyan's 'The Captive'

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Cannes Check 2014: Ryan Reynolds in Atom Egoyan's 'The Captive'
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, the third Canadian director in the lineup: Atom Egoyan's "The Captive." The director: Atom Egoyan (Canadian, 53 years old). There was a time when Egoyan looked to be as estimable a festival fixture as his compatriot David Cronenberg, but his career hasn't moved in the direction many thought it would after he won big at Cannes (and scooped a surprise Best Director Oscar nod) for 1997's critical peak “The Sweet Hereafter.” Born in Cairo to Armenian-Egyptian parents – a heritage he'd later explore in his 2002 film “Ararat” – Egoyan largely grew up in British Columbia and studied
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Atom Egoyan to direct Remember

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The filmmaker, set to premiere Captives in competition in Cannes, will direct Christopher Plummer in the thriller for Serendipity Point Films. Im Global will handle international sales.

Ari Lantos and Serendipity chief Robert Lantos will produce in what marks the latter’s eighth collaboration with Egoyan.

eOne will distribute Remember in Canada, Arp in France and Videovision Entertainment in South Africa.

The Serendipity Point Films thriller in association with Distant Horizon, Detalle, Telefilm Canada and Egoli Tossell will kick off in Toronto on July 14.

Benjamin August wrote the original screenplay in which, according to notes provided by the film’s representatives, “the darkest chapter of modern history collides with a contemporary mission of revenge.”

Martin Landau, Dean Norris, Bruno Ganz, Heinz Lieven and Günter Lamprecht round out the key cast.

Mark Musselman and Anant Singh serve as executive producers with Moises Cosio, Jeff Sagansky, Mike Porter, Larry Guterman and D Matt Geller.

Egoyan and Lantos
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Christopher Plummer and Atom Egoyan Team for 'Remember'

Christopher Plummer and Atom Egoyan Team for 'Remember'
Serendipity Point Films has announced that Oscar winner Christopher Plummer will star in Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan's upcoming thriller, "Remember." The film, which blends fact and fiction in a contemporary revenge story, will be produced by Ari Lantos and Robert Lantos. Oscar nominee ("The Sweet Hereafter") and Cannes Grand Prix winner Atom Egoyan, whose West Memphis Three drama "Devil's Knot" starring Reese Witherspoon hits theaters this month, will shoot an original screenplay by Benjamin August. Martin Landau, Dean Norris, Bruno Ganz, Heinz Lieven and Gunter Lamprecht costar with Plummer. Principal photography starts on July 14 in Toronto. Egoyan and Robert Lantos have a long and storied relationship spanning eight collaborations including "Sweet Hereafter," "Where the Truth Lies" and "Ararat." "Remember" will be produced by Serendipity Point Films along with Distant Horizon, Detalle, Telefilm Canada and Egoli Tossell. Other executive...
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Cannes: Christopher Plummer Starring in Thriller ‘Remember’

Cannes: Christopher Plummer Starring in Thriller ‘Remember’
In a pre-Cannes move, Christopher Plummer has come on board the thriller “Remember” with Atom Egoyan directing.

Martin Landau, Dean Norris, Bruno Ganz, Heinz Lieven and Gunter Lamprecht will also star. Principal photography starts on July 14 in Toronto.

“Remember” is produced by Serendipity Point Films in association with Distant Horizon, Detalle, Telefilm Canada and Egoli Tossell. Producers are Ari Lantos and Robert Lantos.

“Remember” will be distributed by Entertainment One in Canada, Arp in France and Videovision Entertainment in South Africa. Im Global will handle international sales excluding North America and will be launching sales on the film in Cannes.

“Remember,” written by Benjamin August, combines a dark chapter of modern history with a contemporary mission of revenge.

“I am looking forward immensely to be working once again with Atom Egoyan and Robert Lantos – this time, on a story which promises to be at once shocking, arresting and powerful beyond measure,
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Toronto 2013: Do we need a West Memphis Three drama even if it's good?

Toronto 2013: Do we need a West Memphis Three drama even if it's good?
Devil’s Knot, a docudrama about the tangled and still-loaded West Memphis Three case, directed by Atom Egoyan, is for the most part a tense and absorbing movie. It’s the intelligent, detail-jammed, well-executed version of what we used to call “a TV movie” — a phrase you can’t really use anymore, since it once connoted a certain second-rate, connect-the-dots Madame Tussauds biopic quality that’s become irrelevant in the age of HBO. (There was never a “TV movie” like Behind the Candelabra or Recount.) Yet that term also summoned up the basic, childlike voyeuristic appeal of seeing interesting actors
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First Photo Of Ryan Reynolds In Atom Egoyan’s Queen Of The Night

That chunk o’hunk, Ryan Reynolds proves he’s not afraid to cry. Or wear a hat. At least in this first image from the upcoming thriller, Queen Of The Night he isn’t. The latest from director Atom Egoyan tells the story of a grieving father struggling to come to terms with the fate of his missing daughter. Reynolds is joined by Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos and Kevin Durand.

From the looks of this photo, it might turn out to be…well, a bit of a spoiler. Scope it out below, then judge for yourself after reading the film’s official synopsis:

In Atom Egoyan’s new thriller, Queen Of The Night, Ryan Reynolds plays Matthew, the father of an abducted child, Cass. Eight years after his daughter’s abduction, a series of disturbing clues surface, convincing Matthew that Cass, now 17, is still alive. In a terrifying race against time,
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Atom Egoyan’s Queen Of The Night Adds Rosario Dawson To The Cast

Rosario Dawson is yet another actress that has begun to work a lot, and then not always on the most convincing projects. This week, she’s been added to the cast of Atom Egoyan’s thriller-ish Queen Of The Night, playing an investigator opposite Ryan Reynolds.

Queen Of The Night has Reynolds starring as a man who comes to believe that his abducted daughter is still alive. He presumably will share this information with Dawson, who will initially not believe him but then come to realize that a man with abs like that must be right. And so, the chase is on!

I might sound facetious, but I feel facetious. I mean, I like Reynolds, but the plot as it stands sounds generic and predictable. I would love to see these two in a really dynamic film. Unless Egoyan has some interesting twists and clever cinematography up his sleeve for Queen Of The Night,
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Ryan Reynolds to star in psychological thriller Queen of the Night

Ryan Reynolds (Safe House, Buried) is set to star in the psychological thriller Queen of the Night. Atom Egoyan (Chloe, Where the Truth Lies) will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with David Fraser.

It tells the story of a father (Reynolds) who discovers a series of disturbing clues eight years after his daughter is abducted. These lead him to believe that the girl (who would now be 17 years old) is alive and he becomes determined to find her. Queen of the Night is a co-production between Egoyan’s Ego Film Arts and The Film Farm, and is due to begin shooting next February in Ontario, Canada.

Egoyan has recently finished shooting the West Memphis Three drama Devil’s Knot, which stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. Reynolds will next be seen in the crime comedy R.I.P.D. alongside Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon and Mary-Louise Parker, which is due
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