Egoyan to Produce Film on Genocide

BY BOB THOMPSON–From Toronto Sun

Toronto-based director Atom Egoyan will be working from home in 2001. By spring–Egoyan should be starting up his new movie–there dealing with the genocide of Armenia’s over the years.

The filmmaker–born in Cairo to Armenian parents–plans to shoot half of his picture in Toronto and half at an undisclosed location–probably in Europe.

Although specifics have not been revealed–Egoyan surprised a few people in the film community by choosing 73-year-old–Paris based Armenian singer Charles Aznavour as one of his leads.

In February 1999–Egoyan made news when he protested a Liberal MP questioned whether the mass murder of Armenian civilians in Turkey during the First World War should be described as "genocide."

The Oscar-nominated director (for the Sweet Hereafter) had his previous movie–Krapp’s Last Tape–debut at September’s Toronto International Film Festival.

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