Sarajevo Film Festival to Honor Egoyan


Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan

SARAJEVO (Public Radio of Armenia) — The Sarajevo Film Festival, schedule to take place August 14-22, will pay tribute to Canadian-Armenian director Atom Egoyan, who will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo for his contribution to film, Screen Daily reports.

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 was born to Armenian parents in Egypt and the family moved to Canada when he was 2. He 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; the true-crime drama “Devil’s Knot,” again with Firth and Reese Witherspoon and thriller “The Captive,” starring fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds.

Egoyan’s latest feature, “Remember,” starring Christopher Plummer, will screen at Venice and Toronto in September.