Atom Egoyan’s Seven Veils at TIFF
by Staff Editors
(July 19, 2023 – Toronto, ON) Organizers at the 48th edition of TIFF have announced that legendary filmmaker Atom Egoyan returns to the Festival with the World Premiere of his latest work Seven Veils.
With this film, the Academy Award®–nominated Egoyan reunites with Amanda Seyfried (Chloe), who plays Jeanine, an earnest theatre director tasked with remounting her former mentor’s most famous work, the opera Salome. Haunted by dark and disturbing memories from her past, Jeanine allows her repressed trauma to colour the present as she re-enters the opera world after so many years away. Egoyan first directed Salome for the Canadian Opera Company in 1996 and returned earlier this year to revive the production on stage.
“Amanda is a phenomenal actress, and here she brilliantly plays a woman dealing with complex and explosive relationships in her past, present, and future,” said Egoyan, who is celebrating a birthday today.
Prior to the TIFF Special Presentation World Premiere screening on Sunday, September 10, an Avant-première of the film will be presented in partnership with the Canadian Opera Company on Friday, September 8, at 7pm at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
In addition to Amanda Seyfried, Seven Veils also features Rebecca Liddiard, Douglas Smith, Mark O’Brien, and Vinessa Antoine. Also featured are Ambur Braid as Salome and Michael Kupfer-Radecky as John the Baptist, who both starred in the Canadian Opera Company’s most recent production of Salome, also directed by Egoyan, from which Seven Veils was inspired.
Seven Veils is an Elevation Pictures and XYZ Films presentation, produced by Rhombus Media and Ego Film Arts, with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Ontario Creates, in association with IPR.VC, Cinetic Media, Crave, and the Canadian Opera Company. XYZ Films is handling world sales. Elevation Pictures will distribute the film in Canada.
More Festival details will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for TIFF 2023 go on sale to TIFF Members by level beginning on August 18. The full Festival schedule will be released in August. Tickets for the Avant-première screening of Seven Veils at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts will be available from August 15, 2023 and can be purchased online or by calling the Four Seasons Centre Box Office at 416-363-8231.