Synopsis: People tell stories. In Toronto, an art historian lectures on Arshile Gorky (1904 -1948), an Armenian painter who lived through the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire. A director invites the historian to help him include Gorky's story in a film about the genocide and Turkish assault on the town of Van. The historian's family is under stress: her son is in love with his step-sister, who blames the historian for the death of her father. The daughter wants to revisit her father's death and change that story. An aging customs agent tells his son about his long interview with the historian's son, who has returned from Turkey with canisters of film. All the stories connect.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Atom Egoyan
Production: Miramax Films
  12 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

He loves when l'm there.

- The more you bring this heavy

cloud into our apartment,

the more he believes

that the way we live is wrong.

- Now, I have never

told him that.

- You don't need to.

He can feel your disgust.

- Philip...

- And where did he get that...

Ali doesn't believe in God?

- He asked me why your friend

doesn't say grace with us...

- My friend.

- I told him he had his own God.

And that's true.

Philip, l'm...

l'm trying really hard to...

accept all this. I really am.

- Dad...

you're retiring soon.

You're gonna have a lot

of time on your hands.

Either you make an effort

to change your attitude,

or you're not... welcome

at our place anymore.

- Where you coming from?

- Turkey.

- Can you open this?

What are these?

- It's film.

It's motion-picture film.

It's for a movie.

I have, uh...

- This sort of thing is usually

done through a bonder.

- Well, they wanted me

to hand-deliver it.

- Who's 'they'?

- It's very valuable footage.

- Can you open it?

- Well, no.

It's exposed film.

It'II destroy it.

- Oh?

- It's for a movie that's

being shot here in Canada.

I had to go to Turkey

to get some process shots.

- Process shots?

- Shots that'II be used

for digital effects. And plates.

That sort of thing.

- I don't understand.

- There needs to be scenes

of hundreds of people

passing through these places.

And it's too expensive

to take actors and extras

to the middle of nowhere, so we

shoot empty shots of locations.

It's cheaper

to add people in later on.

- Huh.

L'II be back.

Arshile Gorky's Studio

New York City, 1934

- Arshile Gorky remains one

of the most influential figures

in modern art.

His most famous painting,

'The Artist and His Mother,'

is based on a photograph

that was taken in 1912;

the only image that exists

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Atom Egoyan

Atom Egoyan, CC is a Canadian director, writer, producer and former actor. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica, a film set primarily in and around the fictional Exotica strip club. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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