Atom Egoyan CANADA / 2015 / 95 minutes US Premiere
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SYNOPSIS: Remember is a gripping thriller in which the darkest chapter of the 20th century collides with a contemporary mission of revenge. .
Remember tells the story of Zev Guttman (Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer), a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor struggling with Dementia who is living out his final years in a bucolic retirement home. A week following the death of his beloved wife Ruth, he suddenly gets a mysterious package from his close friend Max (Academy Award Winner Martin Landau),
containing a stack of money, a gun, and a letter detailing a shocking plan. Both Zev and Max were prisoners in Auschwitz, and the same sadistic guard was responsible for the death of both their families--a guard who, immediately after the war, escaped Germany and has been living in
the U.S. ever since under an assumed identity. Zev, guided by the wheelchair bound Max, will embark on a cross-continental road-trip to bring justice once and for all to the man who destroyed both their lives.
Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan creates a thrillingly fast-paced revenge story that, in a highly original and deeply intimate way, deals with the aftermath of one of the most deplorable and significant events in recent history. With an incredible lead performance from Christopher Plummer as the frail but unstoppable Zev, Remember manages to keep audiences on the edge of their seats while giving them something to think about long after the film is over.
With fifteen feature films and related projects, Atom Egoyan has won numerous awards including five prizes at the Cannes Film Festival (including the Grand Prix, International Critics Awards and Ecumenical Jury Prizes), two Academy Award nominations for The Sweet Hereafter, eight Genie Awards and prizes from the National Board of Review.
His films have been presented in numerous retrospectives across the world, including a complete career overview at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, followed by similar events at the Filmoteca Espagnol in Madrid and the Museum of The Moving Image in New York. In May, 2015, there will be a full film retrospective at BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.
Egoyan directed the North American premiere of Martin Crimp's Cruel and Tender for the Canadian Stage theatre company in early 2012. His adaptation of Samuel Beckett's Eh Joe was presented by The Gate Theatre in Dublin, where it won The Irish Times/ESB Award for Best Direction before transferring to London's West End and The Lincoln Center Festival in New York.
Cast/Featuring: Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Bruno Ganz, Jurgen Pruchnow,
Heinz Lieven, Henry Czerny, Dean Norris
Executive Producer(s): Moises Cosio, Matt D. Geller, Lawrence Guterman
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