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Atom Egoyan

by Thom Bennett

Canadian director Atom Egoyan has garnered much attention from the film world in recent years. His films, which often deal with the darker side of family, sexuality and the human condition, have found their way to larger and larger audiences.

With his unique cinematic style and non-flinching meditations on mankind, Egoyan is one of the most unique voices in the cinema today. In 1987, filmmaker Wim Wenders was awarded the Prix Aclan for his film "Wings of Desire" at the Montreal New Cinema festival. Wenders was so impressed by Egoyan's film "Family Viewing", that he turned over the award to Egoyan.

His greatest success to date, his 1997 film "The Sweet Hereafter", earned him Academy Award nominations for both directing and adapted screenplay.

Egoyan's recent films include "Speaking Parts" (1989), "The Adjuster" (1991), "Calendar" (1993), and "Exotica" (1994). His newest film, "Felicia's Journey", is in competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

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