ATOM EGOYAN, filmmaker

ATOM EGOYAN, filmmaker

Atom Egoyan, born Yeghoyan, is a renowned Canadian-Armenian filmmaker whose unique style has brought him international critical acclaim. 


Although he was born in Egypt, Egoyan grew up in Canada. 

Claim to fame 

He has been nominated for two Academy Awards, including for Best Director. He has also won five awards at the Cannes Film Festival.

What he said

“My parents taught me to believe that through the creative act, we're able to transcend and give a response to desecration.” 

“Actors are way more powerful than directors.”

What others said

“Egoyan is one of Canada's best and most respected directors.” – Roger Ebert

“Atom Egoyan is part of the generation of writer-directors who emerged in the 1980s…though none has been as acclaimed or influential as this cerebral and unconventional filmmaker.” – The Canadian Encyclopedia

Noteworthy work


“The Sweet Hereafter”