GUEST OF HONOUR SUNDAY, Sept. 29 @ 1:15pm | Tix: $15 | BUY TIX NOW! Director: Atom Egoyan | 105-mins. | Canada | TRAILER
Drama. GUEST OF HONOUR is a twisting morality tale exploring the complicated reality between a British Jim (David Thewlis), and his daughter Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira) a young high-school music teacher, and the past that haunts them both. As the film weaves through time, scenes from the past catch up to the present, and we experience interactions dealing with the notion of the diversity of our fabric, especially as Jim is observes a variety of ethnicities within his profession as a food inspector. Atom Egoyan shares his latest with the world, as writer/director
A hoax instigated by an aggressive school bus driver (Rossif Sutherland) goes very wrong. Accused of abusing her position of authority, Veronica is imprisoned. Convinced that she deserves to be punished for crimes she committed at an earlier age, Veronica rebuffs her father’s attempts to secure her early release. Frustrated by Veronica’s refusal to cooperate, Jim’s anguish begins to impinge on his job.
As a food inspector, he wields great power over small, family owned restaurants. It’s a power he doesn’t hesitate to use, and director Atom Egoyan uses his occupation adeptly to dramatize a unique perspective on modern cultural behaviour in Canada.
“As in most of my films, I’m trying to find a cinematic way of allowing the viewer to inhabit the particular world my characters are trying to navigate. What I’m interested in exploring is what might be called the emotional chronology of Jim and his daughter, Veronica, a way of measuring their complex feelings. While the structure of the film is non-linear, it is actually based on a simple recounting of the scenes as they flow into the characters’ minds.
“While the situations specific to Jim and Veronica are extreme, the parent/child bond will be very familiar to audiences.
“I think every child feels their parents made mistakes certain ways in which the parent did not express love, or pay the right sort of attention. Those moments reverberate through our lives in sometimes painful ways”,
Egoyan comments. “There at least five timelines woven through Guest of Honour, yet I wanted to create a sense that for Jim and Veronica the scenes all play in a continuous and sometimes shocking sense of the ‘eternal present’. The film itself becomes a sort of machine through which the characters come to an understanding of what they mean to each other.”
(Sunday) 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre
10200 102 Ave NW , Edmonton, AB, T5J 4B7