Renowned Canadian stage and film director, writer and producer Atom Egoyan hosted a special Master Class on Day 8 of the 48th International Film Festival of India.
Atom Egoyan is one of Canada’s most celebrated directors and was knighted by the French government and is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour.
While his film Exotica, which won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes’94, was his first international breakthrough, The Sweet Hereafter, his most critically acclaimed film, received two Academy Award nominations. His other films Where the Truth Lies, Adoration and The Captive have all competed for the Palme d’Or in Cannes.
Exotica talks about a dutiful wife and mother re-examining her veneration of her husband after she finds another woman’s underwear in his laundry. Her quest to find the truth leads her to an unexpected journey of liberation.
The Master Class held on 27th November was a treat for budding filmmakers and cinema aficionados, as he discussed his filmmaking style and other aspects of direction.
Atom Egoyan said, “I think that for any drama genre film to work, you need to work on the projection through the eyes of a viewer and then the actual transformation happens. There’s this sense of naturalism which I try to display in each of my films, the structure, the story-telling and situations need to be realistic. My stories have always been unconventional.”
Festival Director Sunit Tandon said, “We are so pleased that Mr Egoyan agreed to be part of IFFI 2017. Almost all his films have screened at IFFI as they were made over the years. It’s wonderful to have him here, especially as he will be accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Closing Ceremony of the Festival tomorrow.”
The 48th Edition of IFFI is being held from the 20th to 28th of November, 2017 in the beach state of Goa.
Consul General of Canada Jordan Reeves talks about Meditation Park at IFFI 2017
Canada has partnered with the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to be the ‘Country Focus’ for the 48thedition of the Festival.
The Press Conference related to the Canadian movie Meditation Park was attended by the Consul General of Canada Jordan Reeves, and the cast and crew of the film including producer Stephen Hegyes, director Mina Shum, and actors Cheng Pei Pei, Tzi Ma and Don McKellar. Besides talking about Meditation Park, the panelists spoke about the India – Canada collaboration and dealing with a movie budget model in countries as well as the stereotypes Asians often face.
Jordan says, “One of the things that really impressed the Canadians was the encouragement, the warm welcome and the hospitality. Some of the discussions we’ve had this week have been very exciting. Canada had a couple of things that we wanted accomplished here. First was to provide a platform for Canadian films, artists and filmmakers and the other was to increase collaboration between our two main industries.”
Director Mina Shum adds, “The inspiration for the film, the character in many ways comes from the idea that we live in a world where citizens feel completely powerless. We can’t do anything about the environment or the corporation. So I wanted to create a character that was powerless within a family structure.”
About Asians battling stereotypes in the film business, Tzi Ma said, “We have challenged and fought against the portrayals of who we are. We also want to be participatory in terms of the shaping, the image and the way the world sees us. I think it is changing slowly. Within the parameters of Hollywood, we as actors need to take a more proactive position into what they see and what we see.”