Panaji(Devendra Walavalkar):The International Film Festival of India 2017 will present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Canadian Filmmaker Atom Egoyan at its 48th edition in Goa. An accomplished Director, Writer and Producer, Egoyan has made a mark in the mainstream and alternate cinema all over the world. His work is often credited for exploring different themes that carry a rich amount of emotions and effective use of Technology.
Born to Armenian – Egyptian parents, Egoyan discovered a lot about his heritage when he attended the University of Toronto, and started to study Armenian history. He developed a sudden interest in the 1915 Genocide in which up to 1.5 million of Turkey’s Armenian population were killed. He describes this moment as the motivation to make films that highlight the history which is otherwise suppressed.
Egoyan directed 15 full-length films thereafter, several television episodes, and a few shorter pieces. His debut film ‘Next of Kin’ won a major prize at the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg . His commercial breakthrough came with the film ‘Exotica’ (1994) for which he won a lot of accolades including the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and eight Genie Awards.
His film ‘Ararat’ was the first feature film on the Armenian genocide and received critical acclaim and appreciation for taking a bold stand on this sensitive topic. It won Best Film on Human Rights by The Political Film Society of Hollywood.
Celebrated as one of the best Contemporary filmmakers on the international scene, Egoyan’s brilliant depiction of his artistic and flawless scenes and capturing the emotions of the audience is widely appreciated.
This year, at IFFI 2017, 3 of the best films by Atom Egoyan will be screened namely ‘Exotica’, ‘The Sweet Hereafter’ and ‘Remember’. He will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the festival which will take place in Goa from the 20th – 28th of November.