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January 28, 2010 until February 6, 2010

Atom Egoyan in person!   Restored 35mm scope print!


Atom Egoyan – who showed his first feature film, NEXT OF KIN, at the CFI way back in 1984 – will come to Ottawa  Thursday, January 28 to introduce our  7pm screening of a restored print of his 1991 film, THE ADJUSTER.  This screening will also feature the official Ottawa launch of  the book, ATOM EGOYAN’S THE ADJUSTER, written by CFI Executive Director, Tom McSorley, and published by University of Toronto Press.

No passes. Special admission fees apply:
$10.00 for CFI Members, Students, and Senior Citizens.
All other tickets $15.00

atomegoyanadjuster-cover.jpgThe Adjuster is a film born in flames. Both inside and outside its impressive widescreen frames, it is a cinematic phoenix rising from the ashes of real and metaphorical apocalyptic fires. Indeed, fire is the genesis of the film itself, as the concept for The Adjuster has its origins in a devastating, and apparently random, act of arson in Victoria, B.C. On New Year’s Eve 1989, Atom Egoyan’s parents’ furniture store and home burned to the ground. During this time of crisis, Egoyan was intrigued by the insurance adjuster working on their case. More than simply processing the claim, the adjuster seemed to act as a source of material comfort and consolation for the Egoyan family: an ordinary briefcase-toting guardian angel, a bureaucratic agent of life’s restoration. As Egoyan recalls, “It was one of the most heightened weeks of my life. Sifting through the ashes with the adjuster, coming up with an arbitrary value of things that didn’t exist anymore. It was very inspiring for me to watch this very ordinary person elevated to almost the status of a mystical god through this process. He was the angel of reconstruction who was going to rematerialize our lives.” This professional figure, detached in his assessing of damage and assigning of monetary value to often priceless family heirlooms and memorabilia, yet intimately engaged with the details and distress of the intense emotional topographies of the family itself, is the exact profile of the quintessential Egoyan male protagonist: connected and disconnected at the same time. In the apparently utterly dispassionate, clinical, even banal role of an insurance adjuster, Egoyan found mythic resonances and great dramatic potential. Egoyan notes that “I actually had a completely different script ready to go when this happened.” And so, out of the flames of a family fire, Noah Render was conceived and Egoyan’s next film suddenly became his story.
Excerpt from ATOM EGOYAN’S THE ADJUSTER, by Tom McSorley
(University of Toronto Press, 2009)

Atom Egoyan  •  Canada  •  1991  •  102 min
Thursday, January 28, 2010, 7:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
Atom Egoyan  •  Canada  •  1991  •  102 min
Saturday, February 6, 2010, 9:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.