Guest of Honour

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105 minutes – Drama
Festival release date: September 3, 2019 (Venice Film Festival, World Premiere)
Release date: TBA
Production company: The Film Farm, Ego Film Arts, Playtime, Telefilm Canada
Canadian distributor: Elevation Pictures

Jim (David Thewlis) and his daughter Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira), a young high school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets in a film that weaves through time exploring perception and penance, memory and forgiveness. A hoax instigated by an aggressive school bus driver (Rossif Sutherland) goes very wrong. Veronica is accused of abusing her position of authority with 17-year-old Clive (Alexandre Bourgeois) and another student, and is imprisoned. Convinced that she deserves to be punished for crimes she committed at an earlier age, she rebuffs her father’s attempts to secure her early release. Confused and frustrated by his daughter’s intransigence, 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. When her father dies, Veronica confides the secrets of her past to Father Greg (Luke Wilson) who may hold the final piece of this father-daughter puzzle.

Guest of Honour will have its World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival and its North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2019. Film clip courtesy of Elevation Pictures.



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Crew:
Producer:Atom Egoyan
Jennifer Weiss
Simone Urdl
Executive Producer:

Nicolas Brigaud-Robert
Valéry Guibal
Laurie May
Noah Segal
François Yon

Co-Producer:

Stephen Traynor

Associate Producer:

Marcy Gerstein
Jamie Manning

Director:

Atom Egoyan

Screenwriter:

Atom Egoyan

Cinematographer:

Paul Sarossy

Editor:

Susan Shipton

Composer:

Mychael Danna

Production Designer:

Phillip Barker

Art Director:

Diana Magnus

Costume Designer:

Lea Carlson

Cast:Roles:

David Thewlis
Luke Wilson
Laysla De Oliveira
Rossif Sutherland
Alexandre Bourgeois
Gage Munroe
Tennille Read
Isabelle Franca
Tamara Podemski
Arsinée Khanjian
Sugith Varughese
Sima Fisher
Sochi Fried
Alexander Marsh
Joyce Rivera
Juan Carlos Velis

Jim
Father Greg
Veronica
Mike
Clive
Walter
Roseangela
Young Veronica
Detective Grove
Anna
Indian Restaurant Manager
Prisoner
Alicia
Young Walter