Born in Cairo in 1960, Atom Egoyan, a Canadian director of Armenian origin, is a filmmaker who is also interested in experimenting with other artistic forms. He attracted the attention of sector critics and the public right from his earliest films; Family Viewing (1987), Speaking Parts (1989) and The Adjuster (1991) already encapsulated the central themes of his opus: the question of identity and family roots and the theme of using technology as an ambiguous instrument to record and keep the memory. In 1994 he won the Critics Prize at the Festival of Cannes for his film Exotica, while his next film, The Sweet Hereafter, won the Special Jury Prize at the 1997 Festival of Cannes, as well as two Academy Awards nominations for best director and best adapted screenplay. In 2002, he showed the mark the Armenian genocide has left on various generations in exile in Ararat. In recent years, he has made higher-budget films like Where the Truth Lies (2005) and Adoration (2008) and, at the same time, has created multimedia installations for the Venice Biennale, directed operas and created the artbook Dear Sandra, a tribute to one of his maestros, Luchino Visconti.