Adoration Director: Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan is the film laureate of Canada, a singular cinema artist who brings a deeply humanistic yet singularly Canadian sensibility to his intimate film works. His latest film, ADORATION, which won the Best Canadian Feature prize at the Toronto International
Film Festival, is another in his explorations of the human condition and the deep need for connection and sense of purpose.

In this elegant chamber work that simmers with provocative ideas, a high-school French class is asked to translate a news article about a terrorist who plants a bomb in his pregnant girlfriend's luggage. This stimulates a young man named Simon, who starts digging into his own family's murky past, which includes the shocking death of both of his parents. To what degree is the news story a reflection of the boy's actual past or testament to his wildly inventive imagination?.

The tension between reality and possibility creates a conflict of conscience for the young man, his struggling uncle (played by Canadian heartthrob Scott Speedman) and his strict grandfather. And what is the role of the mysterious French teacher who has her own set of secrets?

Festivals and awards: Cannes (in competition), Toronto, London, Warsaw, Hamburg

Programme: Crazy Cool: North American Indies

Country: Canada
Year: 2008
Length: 100
Language: English
Producer: Atom Egoyan, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss
Screenplay: Atom Egoyan
Director: Atom Egoyan
Cinematography: Paul Sarossy
Music: Mychael Danna
Editor: Susan Shipton

Cast: Arsinée Khanjian, Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard, Noam Jenkins, Devon Bostick

Producer: Ego Film Arts

Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan (b. 1960, Cairo, Egypt) after moving to
Toronto at eighteen and studying at the University of
Toronto, he began making short films. Egoyan won the
International Critics Prize for best film at the Festival de Cannes for "Exotica" (1994) and for "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997), which also won the Grand Prix de Jury. He received the Genie Award for best motion
picture three times: in 1994 for "Exotica"; in 1997 for "The Sweet Hereafter"; and in 2002 for "Ararat". ADORATION is his twelfth feature film.

Next of Kin (1984), Family Viewing (1987), Speaking Parts (1989), The Adjuster (1991), Calendar (1993), Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1997, Helge homne, PÖFF 1998), Felicia's Journey (1999), Ararat (2002), Where the Truth Lies (Kus on tõde, PÖFF 2005), Citadel (2006, doc), Adoration (2008).

Wednesday, 03. December 20:00
Cinamon PÖFF II
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Friday, 05. December 16:30
Kosmos I (Estonian subtitles)
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Sunday, 07. December 22:30
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