Up in the Air (2009 film)
Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner, based on the 2001 novel of the same name, written by Walter Kirn. The story is centered on his travels. Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Danny McBride star. Filming was in St. Louis, which substituted for a number of other cities. Several scenes were filmed in Detroit, Las Vegas and Miami. Reitman promoted Up in the Air with personal appearances at film festivals and other showings, starting with the Telluride Film Festival on September 5, 2009; the Los Angeles premiere was at the Mann Village Theater on November 30, 2009. Paramount scheduled a limited North American release on December 4, 2009, broadening the release on December 11, 2009, with a wide release on December 23, 2009; the National Board of Review and the Washington D. C. Area Film Critics Association named Up in the Air the Best Picture of 2009, it received eight Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominations and garnered a win for Adapted Screenplay, six Golden Globe Award nominations, earning a win for Best Screenplay, three Screen Actors Guild nominations.
It received six Academy Award nominations and recognition from numerous critics' associations. Ryan Bingham works for a human resources consultancy firm which specializes in termination assistance, makes his living traveling to workplaces across the United States, conducting company layoffs and firings on behalf of employers, he gives motivational speeches, using the analogy "What's in Your Backpack?" to extol the virtues of a life free of burdensome relationships with people as well as things. A frequent flyer, Ryan has no fixed abode, relishes his travels, aspires to become the seventh and youngest person to earn ten million frequent flyer miles with American Airlines. During his travels, he meets another frequent flyer named Alex, they begin a casual relationship. Ryan is called back to his company's offices in Nebraska. Natalie Keener, a young and ambitious new hire, promotes a program designed to cut costs by conducting layoffs via videoconferencing. Ryan raises concerns that the program could be seen as detached and apathetic, arguing that Natalie knows nothing about the reality of the firing process or how to handle upset people.
He plays the role of a fired employee to demonstrate her inexperience. Ryan's boss assigns him to bring Natalie on his next round of terminations to show her the ropes; as they travel together, Natalie questions Ryan's philosophies on life on relationships and love, but Ryan is adamant that he is more than happy with his lifestyle. During the trip, Natalie is shattered when her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her by text message, Ryan and Alex try to comfort her. On the test run, the earlier concerns Ryan raised prove valid. Another threatens to commit suicide. Natalie lectures Ryan about his refusal to consider a commitment to Alex in spite of their obvious compatibility, becomes infuriated. Instead of returning to Omaha, Ryan convinces Alex to accompany him to his younger sister's wedding, he learns that the reason the couple had him take photos of a cutout picture of them in various places was because they cannot afford a honeymoon. When the groom gets cold feet, Ryan's older sister talks Ryan into using his motivational skills to persuade the groom to go through with the wedding.
Although this runs counter to Ryan's personal philosophy, he argues that the important moments in life are unshared. The wedding proceeds without any further hitches. Ryan begins having second thoughts about his life and philosophies; as he starts delivering his "What's in Your Backpack?" Speech at a convention in Las Vegas, he realizes he no longer believes it, walks off the stage. On an impulse, he flies to Alex's home in Chicago; when she opens the door, Ryan is stunned to discover she is married and has children, leaves before her husband can suspect anything. She tells him over the phone that her family is her real life and he is an escape. On Ryan's flight home, the crew announces that he has just crossed the ten million mile mark, a small celebration is thrown; the airline's chief pilot comes out of the cockpit to meet Ryan. He notes; when asked where he is from, a disheartened Ryan can only respond, "here." Ryan calls the airline to transfer five hundred thousand miles each to his sister and brother-in-law, enough for them to fly around the world for their honeymoon.
His boss tells Ryan that a woman he and Natalie fired during their travels has killed herself, that an upset Natalie has quit via text message. The company puts the remote-layoff program on hold. Natalie applies for a job in San Francisco, where she was offered a job before following her now ex-boyfriend to Omaha; the interviewer is impressed by her qualifications and a glowing recommendation from Ryan, hires her. The film concludes with Ryan standing in front of a vast destination board, looking up, letting go of his luggage; the film has a thematic connection to the children's book The Velveteen Rabbit, which appears in the film, before the wedding. Reitman noted. In another sense, it's a movie about a man. In another sense, it's about a man who meets a woman who's so similar to him that though they both believe in the idea of living solo, they begin to fall in love. Reitman later stated t
Chen Kaige is a Chinese film director and a leading figure of the fifth generation of Chinese cinema. His films are known for their visual epic storytelling. Chen won the Palme d'Or at 1993 Cannes Film Festival and the International Federation of Film Critics Award in 1993. Chen Kaige was born in Beijing, China into a family of Fuzhou Changle origin, grew up with fellow Fifth Generation alumnus Tian Zhuangzhuang as a childhood friend. During the Cultural Revolution, Chen joined the Red Guards, his father, Chen Huai'ai was a well-known director in his own right. As a teenage member of the Red Guards, like many other youths, denounced his own father, a fateful decision he learned to regret. Indeed, this period of his life continues to influence much of his work today, notably in the unblinking depictions of the Cultural Revolution in Farewell My Concubine, in the father-son relationship in Together. With the end of the Cultural Revolution, Chen in 1978 joined the Beijing Film Academy, where he graduated in 1982 as part of the so-called Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers.
Upon graduating, Chen was assigned to the inland studio at Guangxi, along with fellow graduate, Zhang Yimou. His first movie, Yellow Earth, established itself as one of the most important works of Fifth Generation filmmaking; the Big Parade and King of the Children expanded on his filmic repertoire. In 1987, he was awarded a fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council and served as a visiting scholar at the New York University Film School. Early in 1989, he did further experimenting in a music video for the song "Do You Believe In Shame" by Duran Duran; that year, he made Life on a String, a esoteric movie which uses mythical allegory and lush scenery to tell the story of a blind sanxian musician and his student. In the same year, he was a member of the jury at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival, his most famous film in the West, Farewell My Concubine, nominated for two Academy Awards and winner of the Palme d'Or at 1993 Cannes Film Festival, follows two Beijing opera stars through decades of change in China during the twentieth century.
Chen followed up the unprecedented success of Farewell My Concubine with Temptress Moon, another period drama starring Leslie Cheung and Gong Li. Though it was well received by most critics, it did not achieve the accolades that Concubine did, many were put off by the film's convoluted plot line; as famous is his The Emperor and the Assassin, an epic involving the legendary King of Qin and the reluctant assassin who aims to kill him. In 2002, Chen made his first, to-date only, English-language film, Killing Me Softly, a thriller starring Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes, though it proved to be both a critical and popular disappointment, his more recent Together is an intimate film about his father. In 2005, he directed a fantasy wuxia picture; the Promise saw Chen shifting to a more commercial mindset, a shift regarded by some as a "radical stylistic turn" from his previous works. In 2006, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 28th Moscow International Film Festival. In 2008, Chen directed the semi-biography Forever Enthralled, a return for him in the sense of directing a film based on Chinese opera.
He went on to direct Sacrifice, a re-imagining of the famous play The Orphan of Zhao. The film was a box-office hit and many critics saw it as his "return to form". Chen has acted in several films, including Bertolucci's The Last Emperor and his own The Emperor and the Assassin and Together, his 2012 film Caught in the Web was selected as the Chinese entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist. Chen's first wife was Sun Jialin, whom he met while working at the Beijing Film Factory, between 1975 and 1978, he married Hong Huang, the daughter of Zhang Hanzhi, a diplomat who had worked as an English translator for Mao Zedong. She graduated from Vassar College in New York and is the current CEO of China Interactive Media Group. In the early 1990s, after their divorce, Chen lived with a female television personality. In 1996, Chen married actress Chen Hong. Chen Kaige is the holder of a green card to the United States. Zhang Yimou Tian Zhuangzhuang Chen Kaige at They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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Disturbia is a 2007 American thriller film directed by D. J. Caruso, written by Christopher Landon and Carl Ellsworth and stars Shia LaBeouf, David Morse, Sarah Roemer and Carrie-Anne Moss; the film follows a teenager, placed on house arrest for assault and begins to spy on his neighbors, believing one of them is a possible serial killer. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, the film released on April 13, 2007, it has an approval rating of 69% on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed $117.8 million against a budget of $20 million. Troubled by the death of his father in an auto accident, Kale Brecht attacks his Spanish teacher when the teacher invokes his father while reprimanding him. For the assault, he is sentenced by a sympathetic judge to three months under house arrest with an ankle monitor and a proximity sensor. Detective Parker explains the system to his mother Julie; the teen just plays video games and watches television, but he is soon grounded by Julie and loses his access to the iTunes Music Store, Xbox Live, his television.
Kale's boredom leads him to watch the neighborhood, including the two neighbor boys who play pranks on him, his next-door neighbor Robert Turner, Ashley Carlson, the new girl in town. One night, Kale becomes suspicious of Turner, who returns home in a 1960s Ford Mustang with a dented fender that matches the description given on a news report of a serial killer at large. Kale's best friend Ronnie visits to spy on Ashley and, when they accidentally alert her to their hijinks, the curious girl joins them in spying on Turner. Kale observes a young woman Turner had picked up from a nightclub as she flees the house in a panic but appears to leave in her car calmly. Ashley throws a party and teases Kale, knowing he is watching, he plays non-party music loudly to bother her, Ashley comes over to stop it. But the two start to make out and distracted, while blood splatters on Turner's windows; as Kale and Ashley watch, Turner drags a heavy bag to his garage. Kale gets Ashley to follow Turner, but he confronts her in her car with a calm, but threatening manner.
Meanwhile, Ronnie breaks into Turner's garage with a camera but gets trapped when the garage door closes. Kale alerts the police upon leaving his property with the ankle monitor; the police show Kale the bag contains a roadkill deer. Julie goes across the street to talk to Turner to ask him not to press charges, while Ronnie pranks Kale and reveals that he has escaped from Turner's house; when Kale watches the tape when Ronnie made it into Turner's house, he notices a corpse in plastic in a vent. Next door, Turner takes Julie captive and enters Kale's house, knocking out Ronnie with a bat and binding and gagging Kale; the killer reveals his plan to frame Kale for the murders of Ronnie and Julie and make it appear Kale killed himself. When Ashley arrives, interrupting the plan, Kale attacks Turner, throwing him from the top of the stairs before Ashley frees him from his bindings. Kale's ankle monitor again alerts the police, he enters Turner's home to search for his mother. In a hidden room, Kale finds ample evidence of Turner's previous murders.
The officer who monitors Kale arrives at the scene but Turner breaks his neck. Kale stumbles upon the decaying finds his mother bound and gagged. Turner appears, slashes Kale in the back and pins him to a wall, but before Turner can kill Kale, Julie stabs him in the leg with a dagger, allowing Kale to grab a pair of gardening shears and impale Turner in the chest with them, killing him. In the aftermath, Kale is shown having his ankle bracelet removed by the authorities for good behavior and getting back at the two boys from earlier pranks, he passionately kisses Ashley on his sofa, while Ronnie is playfully video taping them. Shia LaBeouf as Kale Brecht, a 17-year-old high school student, under house arrest and begins to suspect that his neighbor is a serial killer. David Morse as Robert Turner, Kale's neighbor, suspected of being a serial killer. Sarah Roemer as Ashley Carlson, Kale's neighbor and love interest who assists in Kale's mission to get to the truth. Carrie-Anne Moss as Julie Brecht, Kale's mother who begins to develop a more authoritative attitude towards him.
Aaron Yoo as Ronnie Chu, Kale's best friend. Viola Davis as Detective Parker, the detective in charge of Kale's case. Jose Pablo Cantillo as Officer Gutierrez, Señor Gutierrez's cousin who likes to torment Kale while abusing his power. Matt Craven as Daniel Brecht, Kale's father. Luciano Rauso and Brandon and Daniel Caruso as the Greenwood boys. Kevin Quinn as Mr. Carlson. Elyse Mirto as Mrs. Carlson. Suzanne Rico and Kent Shocknek as news anchors. Rene Rivera as Señor Gutierrez, Kale's Spanish teacher. Amanda Walsh as Minnie Tyco. Charles Carroll as Judge. Gillian Shure as Turner's Club Girl. Dominic Daniel as Policeman. Lisa Robin as Big Wheel Mom. Cindy Lou Adkins as Mrs. Greenwood; the script was optioned. The original studio let the option expire after hearing about Christopher Reeve's remake of Rear Window, it was not until 2004 that the script was sold. Executive Producer Steven Spielberg arranged for LaBeouf to be on the casting shortlist for this film because he was impressed by LaBeouf's work on Holes.
Caruso auditioned over a hundred males for the role in five weeks before settling on LaBeouf as he was looking for someone "who guys would like and respond to, because he wasn't going to be such a pretty boy". LaBeouf was attracted to the role because of the director's 2002 film The Salton Sea, which he complimented as one of his favorite films. Before filming star
I Love You, Man
I Love You, Man is a 2009 American comedy film directed by John Hamburg and written by Hamburg, based on a script by Larry Levin. The film stars Paul Rudd as a friendless man looking for a best man for his upcoming wedding. However, his new friend is straining his relationship with his bride; the film was released theatrically in North America on March 20, 2009, to positive reviews. It opened second at the box office next to Knowing, was a modest hit, grossing $91 million on a $40 million budget; this movie marks the third collaboration between Jason Segel and Paul Rudd, who had worked together on Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall previously. Peter Klaven, a Los Angeles real estate agent, proposes to his girlfriend Zooey Rice, she accepts. Peter seems to not have any close friends to share the good news with, only family and female acquaintances. After overhearing Zooey's friends voicing their concerns over his lack of close male friends, Peter decides that he needs to find male friends in order to have a best man for the upcoming wedding.
Peter turns to his gay younger brother, for advice on dealing with men. He makes a series of overtures toward various men, including Barry, the persistently hot-headed husband of Zooey's friend Denise who doesn't like Peter all that much to begin with...a problem that only escalates when Peter inadvertently projectile-vomits on Barry after winning a beer-drinking contest and is kicked out of Barry's house. Feeling rejected, Peter is about to give up, when during an open house at Lou Ferrigno's mansion which Peter is trying to sell, he meets Sydney Fife, an investor, attending the show to pick up divorced women and take advantage of the free food; the two become friends bonding over their mutual adoration of the progressive rock band Rush. Peter introduces Sydney to Zooey at their engagement party, but the meeting takes an unfortunate turn when a nervous Sydney makes a awkward toast; the next night, Peter agrees to attend a Rush concert with Sydney, on the condition that he can bring Zooey. During the concert, Zooey is left feeling ignored by Sydney.
The next day, while shopping for tuxedos, Sydney asks Peter why he is marrying Zooey, asks for an $8,000 loan. After some thought, Peter decides to lend Sydney the money, grants him the honor of being best man at his wedding. Zooey, has become suspicious of Sydney. Peter tells Zooey that he lent Sydney money and asks her if she knows why they are getting married, since he had no answer to Sydney's question. Hurt and angry, Zooey leaves. Peter leaves for work the next morning only to discover that Sydney has used the $8,000 loan to purchase several ridiculous billboard advertisements promoting Peter's real estate business. Still upset over his fight with Zooey, Peter decides to end their friendship. Peter patches things up with Zooey, explaining to her that while he is nervous, he is ready to get married. While Zooey and Peter prepare for the wedding, Sydney finds himself alone and desperate to hang with someone. At work, Peter discovers that Sydney's billboard advertising campaign was successful, as he won back the right to the lucrative Ferrigno listing and many others left messages wanting him to sell their houses.
Feeling encouraged, Peter stands up to his insufferable colleague, Tevin Downey, badgering Peter for half the selling rights to the Ferrigno property. When Tevin makes one final attempt to get a piece of it, Peter slaps him across his face and tells him to stay away from it. Peter does not re-invite him to the wedding. Instead, he assembles an array of random groomsmen that includes Robbie, father Oswald, Ferrigno. Before the wedding, Zooey sees Peter looking forlorn missing his friend Sydney, she calls and invites Sydney, who is, unbeknownst to them en route to the wedding. Just before the vows are to be taken, Sydney makes a dramatic entrance via moped, he informs Peter and Zooey that he is, in fact, a successful investor and returns the money he borrowed from Peter, stating that the billboards were the couple's wedding present. Peter and Zooey declare their love to each other, Sydney assumes the role of best man, the wedding commences; as the end credits begin to roll, we see the wedding reception, where Peter and Sydney join the hired band in a rendition of the Rush song "Limelight" pulling Zooey on stage to join them.
After the song ends, Sydney attempts to toast the newlyweds and Peter runs to frantically stop him as the screen cuts out The script, Let's Be Friends, was written by Larry Levin. It went unused for about 11 years before the film was made. Hamburg was offered the script and kept turning it down, but after his friends moved to Los Angeles he was inspired by the experience of trying to meet more friends to give it a shot; when Hamburg took the script he rewrote it to make it as real as possible. The film was announced in December 2007, with production scheduled for March 2008. In March 2008, Variety revealed that producer Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures began production on I Love You, Man during the week of March 31, 2008. I Love You, Man is the third collaboration between Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, following the Judd
Killing Me Softly (film)
Killing Me Softly is a 2002 American-British erotic thriller film directed by Chen Kaige and starring Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes. Based on the novel of the same name by Nicci French, it introduces several substantial changes to the story and focuses on the intense sexual relationship between the two lead characters; the film was released unrated on DVD. It was Kaige's first, to date, only English-language film. Alice is a young American woman living in London who believes she is happy in a secure job and a relationship with her boyfriend. After a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger, she seeks him out, taking a taxi with him to his house and having passionate sex, she returns home to her boyfriend and unsuccessfully attempts to bring out the same feelings between them that she had with the strange man. The following day she seeks the stranger out again, discovering his name is Adam - a mountain climber, considered a hero after saving six people in a tragic event that killed several others, including the woman he loved.
Alice leaves her boyfriend and begins a relationship with Adam, although her friend shows reservations about Alice being in such a sudden relationship. When Alice is mugged on the street, Adam beats the thief and asks Alice to marry him, a proposal she accepts. For their honeymoon, he takes her to a secluded cabin; the newlyweds settle into their new life, but Alice is troubled by a series of mysterious letters and phone calls, begins to wonder about her husband's mysterious past. A reporter who did a story on Adam sends her a copy of a letter from a woman claiming Adam raped her. Alice interviews her. Disturbed by the fact that she knows her new husband, she begins to go through their apartment, becoming more alarmed when she searches a locked wardrobe and finds a box of old letters from an ex-lover, who insists she and Adam end their affair. Adam begins to question Alice more about her activities, including where she got a necklace that she received from his sister, Deborah. Soon after, Alice receives yet another warning.
Following the trail, she discovers. She finds a picture of Adele at the same cabin where she and Adam honeymooned, she realizes she runs to the police. She tells her story, insisting they reopen Adele's missing persons case, but they can't do anything without any evidence, telling her they can only keep him for a few hours. Alice seeks help from Deborah, telling her she believes Adam killed Adele for leaving him and buried her at the cabin. On the way to the cabin, Deborah admits that she was the one who sent the messages to Alice, because she wanted to save her from Adam's violent rages; when Adam returns home from the police station, he finds that Alice was there and left the two pictures, realizes she must have gone to the cemetery. At the cemetery, Alice discovers a body buried in the dirt, wearing the same necklace that Deborah gave her. Deborah tells her if she'd only gone back to her husband, it is apparent that Deborah has incestuous feelings for Adam, resulting in her subsequent possessiveness and need to rid his life of any other woman.
She tries to kill Alice. Furious, stopped short by Alice, who shoots her with a flare pistol. Adam tells Alice that he and his sister used to come to the cabin together, but that he thought that if Alice just trusted him everything would be alright. Adam is led away by police that morning. Two years Alice and Adam see one another again on either side of an escalator - she's going down and he's riding up, they both watch each other. Adam turns to stare back at Alice before walking away; the film ends with Alice's voiceover recalling the events in posterity and wondering what might have happened had fate not led her to Adam one morning. She wonders if the passion between them could have lasted, if a "flatlander" like her could have stayed at such a high altitude. At least that's. Heather Graham as Alice Tallis Joseph Fiennes as Adam Tallis Natascha McElhone as Deborah Ulrich Thomsen as Klaus Ian Hart as Senior Police Officer Jason Hughes as Jake Kika Markham as Mrs. Blandchard Amy Robbins as Sylvie Yasmin Bannerman as Joanna Rebecca Palmer as Michelle Filming commenced on October 29, 2000, was based in or around London and Cumbria, England.
Killing Me Softly was released on June 21, 2002, in the UK. MGM planned a 2002 wide release in the US, but this was cancelled in favor of a direct-to-DVD launch on March 25, 2003. Variety characterized the film's international release as "a painful failure". On August 13, 2013, Shout! Factory released Killing Me Softly on Blu-ray along with The Hot Spot as part of a double feature; the film received a 0% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews. In 2009, the site rated it #12 on the countdown of the worst films over the last 10 years. Killing Me Softly on IMDb Killing Me Softly at Rotten Tomatoes Movie stills
Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Classics is an American film production and distribution company, a division of Sony Pictures. It was founded in 1992 by former Orion Classics heads Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, Marcie Bloom, it distributes and acquires specialty films such as documentaries and art films in the United States and internationally. As of 2015, Barker and Bernard are co-presidents of the division. Sony Pictures Classics was founded in 1992, by Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, Marcie Bloom, set up as an autonomous division of Sony Pictures; the model of the company is to produce, acquire and/or distribute independent films from the United States and internationally. Sony Pictures Classics has a history of making reasonable investments for small films, getting a decent return, it has a history of not overspending. Its largest commercial success of the 2010s is Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, which grossed over $56 million in the U. S. becoming Allen's highest-grossing film in the United States. Sony Pictures Classics agrees to release films for all other film studio divisions of Sony.
The following films have been announced by Sony Pictures Classics, but have "to be determined" release dates. Where's My Roy Cohn? John Prine: Hello in There Mongrel Media, the exclusive theatrical Canadian distributor for Sony Pictures Classics films Official website Sony Pictures Classics on IMDb
Atom Egoyan, is a Canadian stage and film director and producer. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica, a film set in and around the fictional Exotica strip club. Egoyan's most critically acclaimed film is the drama The Sweet Hereafter, for which he received two Academy Award nominations, his biggest commercial success is the erotic thriller Chloe, his work explores themes of alienation and isolation, featuring characters whose interactions are mediated through technology, bureaucracy, or other power structures. Egoyan's films follow non-linear plot structures, in which events are placed out of sequence in order to elicit specific emotional reactions from the audience by withholding key information. In 2008, Egoyan received the Dan David Prize for "Creative Rendering of the Past". Egoyan received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, Canada's highest royal honour in the performing arts, in 2015, he was part of a loosely-affiliated group of filmmakers to emerge in the 1980s from Toronto known as the Toronto New Wave.
Egoyan was born Atom Yeghoyan in Cairo, the son of Shushan and Joseph Yeghoyan, artists who operated a furniture store. His parents were Armenian-Egyptians, he was named Atom to mark the completion of Egypt's first nuclear reactor. In 1962, the family moved to Canada, where they settled in Victoria, British Columbia and changed their last name to Egoyan. Atom grew up in British Columbia with his sister, now a concert pianist based in Toronto; as a teenager, he became interested in writing plays. Significant influences included Harold Pinter. Egoyan attributes his future in the film industry to Ingmar Bergman's film Persona, which he viewed at age fourteen, according to an interview he had with journalist Robert K. Elder for The Film That Changed My Life: It gave me an incredible respect for the medium and its possibilities. To me, Persona marries a pure form and a profound vision with absolute conviction. It's inspiring. I felt, he graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. It was at Trinity College that Egoyan came into contact with Harold Nahabedian, the Armenian-Canadian Anglican Chaplain of Trinity College.
In interviews Egoyan credited Nahabedian for introducing him to the language and history of his ethnic heritage. Egoyan wrote for the University of Toronto's independent weekly, The Newspaper, during his time at the school. Egoyan began making films in the early 1980s, his commercial breakthrough came with the film Exotica. He received the Grand Prix in Brussels, the FIPRESCI Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Best Motion Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards. However, it was Egoyan's first attempt at adapted material that resulted in his best-known work, The Sweet Hereafter, which earned him three prizes at the 50th Cannes Film Festival—the Grand Prix, the FIPRESCI Jury Prize, the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury; the film earned Egoyan Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film Ararat generated much publicity for Egoyan. After Henri Verneuil's French-language film Mayrig, it was the first major motion picture to deal directly with the Armenian Genocide.
Ararat won the award for Best Motion Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards, marking his second win. The film was released in over 30 countries around the world. In 2004, Egoyan opened a 50-seat cinema-lounge on Queen Street West in Toronto. In 2005, Egoyan joined the Faculty of the Media and Communications division at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, where he conducts intensive summer seminars. Beginning in September 2006, Egoyan taught at the University of Toronto for three years, he joined the Faculty of Arts and Science as the Dean's Distinguished Visitor in theatre, film and visual studies. He subsequently taught at Ryerson University. In 2006, he received the Master of Cinema Award of the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. In 2009, he directed the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010; this film grossed $3 million in box office sales in the United States and became one of the higher-grossing specialty films of the year in the United States.
Several months after the DVD/Blu-ray release of Chloe, Egoyan said that Chloe had made more money than any of his previous films. The success of Chloe led Egoyan to receive many scripts of erotic thrillers. In 2012, he directed a production of Martin Crimp's Cruel and Tender, starring Khanjian, at Canadian Stage in Toronto. After the release of the West Memphis Three from 18 years in prison, Egoyan directed a movie about the case called Devil's Knot starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, based on a book on the case, Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt, his next feature, The Captive, starred Ryan Reynolds and screened in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it received negative reviews from critics. Justin Chang from Variety described the film as "a ludicrous abduction thriller that finds a once-great filmmaker slipping into un-entered realms of self-parody", his latest film, starred Christopher Plummer and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2015 and was given a limited release in theatres.
Egoyan is based in Toronto, where he lives with his wife Arsinée