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Atom EgoyanCanada74 minutes1993PGEnglish

Jul 1
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Atom Egoyan both directs and stars in Calendar, playing a photographer commissioned to shoot several historical Armenian churches for a calendar in the company of his wife (Egoyan's real-life partner Arsinée Khanjian) and a local Armenian who serves as a driver/guide for the couple. Divided into 12 sequences reflecting the months of the year, the film shows the circumstances surrounding the shooting of each photograph for the wall calendar — as well as the growing evidence that Khanjian's character and the driver are beginning a relationship. Shooting on 16mm and 8mm video, Egoyan turns Calendar into a complex, highly mediated visual experience, using the formats themselves — those of a traditionally shot film and home movies, the constructed vs. the spontaneous — to speak to notions of present and past, memory and history.

— Piers Handling

Atom Egoyan est à la fois le réalisateur et l'acteur principal de ce film qui suit un photographe envoyé en Arménie pour photographier plusieurs églises historiques en vue d'un calendrier. La majeure partie du long métrage suit ce voyage qu'il entreprend avec sa femme (incarnée par Arsinée Khanjian, l'épouse d'Egoyan) et le guide arménien qui leur sert de chauffeur. Constitué de 12 segments liés aux mois de l'année, Calendar présente les circonstances dans lesquelles chaque photo a été prise, de même que les indices croissants d'une liaison se développant entre le personnage de Khanjian et le chauffeur. Egoyan emploie de façon très efficace deux formats (la pellicule 16 mm traditionnelle et la vidéo amateur en 8 mm) pour mettre en opposition la structure et la spontanéité, le présent et le passé, la mémoire et l'histoire.

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Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan was born in Cairo and raised in Victoria, BC. Many of his features have played the Festival, including Family Viewing (87), The Adjuster (91), Exotica (94), The Sweet Hereafter (97), which won the Grand Prix at Cannes, Felicia's Journey (99), Ararat (02), which won the Genie for Best Picture, Where the Truth Lies (05), Adoration (08), which won a Special Jury citation at the Festival, Chloe (09), and Devil's Knot (13). Remember (15) is his latest film.