Browsing: Atom Egoyan

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The first out of three Canadian features in the official selection of the Competition had its premiere on the Croisette today. Atom Egoyan, a Cannes regular who already won awards for Exotica in 1994 and The Sweet Hereafter in 1997, returns with a thriller starring Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos in the lead. By reading the synopsis or watching the trailer of the film, one…


I recently watched the Oscar-nominated documentary The Square, about the enduring political protests in Egypt, and was captivated by its shoot-from-the-hip approach. It created so much urgency that it opened a plot of land for a gripping non-fictional drama. It’s remarkable when a documentary like this, one that has to stay in tow with the rush of an unpredictable reality, dramatizes events so compellingly that the true conflicts and experiences of life don’t seem too distant from behind that illusory screen.

Film is, after all, an illusion of truth, reality, and phenomena. A great filmmaker is one who can blur the lines and I discovered that with Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s Paradise Lost trilogy, which documented the West Memphis Three murder case from their trial in 1993-94 to their release on an Alford plea in 2011. Convicted of murdering the three young boys Steven Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin were handed out life sentences, and Damien Echols (the main target due to his interests in the Occult) was sentenced to death.

Film Festival Afterparty (dir. Michelle Ouellet)

With Jason Priestley at the helm, Tatiana Maslany a rising star and Richard Dreyfuss is among the finest actors of our time; Cas & Dylan is the clear and only choice to open Whistler Film Festival. Cas (Dreyfuss) is a dying Doctor who decides to take a road trip out West to find peace. As he starts his journey he meets Dylan (Maslany) an aspiring writer with dreams of making it out West as a writer. An aging doctor on his way out and a young woman starting her life makes for an appealing premise. Maslany delivered an exceptional performance in the Borsos Award Winning film, Picture Day at WFF last year. Priestley has a slew of director credits on TV, I’m eager to see what he can do with a full-length narrative film. Cas & Dylan appears to have a lot of charm; comedy and heartfelt moments handled with care by talented performers.