Joseph and Shushan Yeghoyan had great foresight in 1960 to bestow the name Atom on their newborn son. The completion of Egypt’s first nuclear reactor must have inspired the Yeghoyan’s to identify this bundle of energy in its purest form. Their move to Victoria, B.C., three years later found them changing their name to Egoyan for simplicity’s sake. Growing up in B.C., Atom Egoyan had a relatively average childhood. His quest for assimilation led him to reject his family`s culture. However, years later when he attended the University of Toronto he began to reconnect with his Armenian past. In 2014 his film, The Captive, had its world premiere in Official Competition at the 67th Festival de Cannes. His film Remember, shot in the summer of 2014, had its North American Premiere at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival®.
Also see: Atom Egoyan: Face the Strange, by Geoff Pevere
Also see: An in-depth interview with Atom Egoyan from 2004.