Photo © Johnnie Eisen
Atom at work on the set of Exotica, 1993
|Welcome to The Nucleus,
your source on the web for information on the career of Atom Egoyan, the Canadian independent film director and writer. Although his work has garnered much praise worldwide, Atom Egoyan remains largely anonymous in the United States. The Sweet Hereafter, his last movie, earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Directing and Best Adapted Screenplay, overdue recognition which should stimulate further interest in his past and future work.
Individually, each of Atom Egoyan's films look to be as far removed from typical movie formula as Toronto, his home base, is removed geographically from Hollywood. Unique in character, content, and especially structure, an Egoyan film can easily put off the most practiced moviegoer. To those who find his approach refreshing, Atom's films provide a puzzle containing logical clues into seemingly inscrutable behavior. The process of discovery involved in watching these films is an engaging alternative to standard movie entertainment.
Examined collectively, Egoyan's work isn't simply that of a renegade, out to break with convention simply to be different. His films necessarily reflect life through the very real experiences of their maker. Atom Egoyan's body of work is that of a true auteur, dedicated to using the language of film to explore his own artistic vision.
|You may not see it. You may have to see the movie two to three times, but it is all there. And his structure, his use of light and shade, his use of space and time, all these things. I mean, he's brilliant.|
|Actor Ian Holm on Atom Egoyan Source|
All About Atom
A journey in hypertext through the life and career of Atom Egoyan.
Information on each of his full length movies released to date.
The Company He Keeps
A look at some of the talented people that Atom has chosen to work with repeatedly throughout his career, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
A section devoted to Atom's work outside of feature length films. This includes his latest involvement in the world of opera, along with his short films and TV work
A guide to some of the sources of information used in research for this site.
A form to provide comments about this site. You may also respond directly by email with ideas, corrections, or other remarks.
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