David Thewlis in First Intl. Trailer for Atom Egoyan's 'Guest of Honour'
by Alex Billington
March 30, 2020
"All I want to know, is if that's the truth?" Cine Maldito in Spain has unveiled an official trailer for the indie drama titled Guest of Honour, the latest feature made by Egyptian-Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan. This originally premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals last fall, and played at numerous other festivals last year. It was originally set to open in April in Europe, but will likely be held until cinemas start re-opening. The film follows a father and daughter in Canada, as they attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets. Veronica wants to remain in jail for a sexual assault she knows she's been wrongfully imprisoned for. Both her and her father, Jim, find themselves acting out of the bounds of good behavior as the past haunts them. Starring David Thewlis and Laysla De Oliveira as Jim and Veronica, along with Luke Wilson, Rossif Sutherland, Arsinée Khanjian, and Alexandre Bourgeois. I caught this in Venice last year (my review) and it's intriguing, a sobering, sad story about how deceptive we all are.
Here's the first international trailer for Atom Egoyan's Guest of Honour, direct from YouTube:
Jim (David Thewlis) and his daughter Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira), a high school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets in Guest of Honour, the new film from Atom Egoyan which weaves through time exploring perception and penance, memory and forgiveness. A hoax instigated by an aggressive school bus driver (Rossif Sutherland) goes very wrong. Accused of abusing her position of authority with a 17-year-old boy named Clive (Alexandre Bourgeois) and also another student, Veronica is imprisoned. Convinced that she deserves to be punished for crimes she committed at an earlier age, Veronica rebuffs her father's fervent attempts to secure her early release. Confused and frustrated by Veronica'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. Guest of Honour is written and directed by acclaimed Egyptian-Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, of many films including Next of Kin, Family Viewing, The Adjuster, The Sweet Hereafter, Felicia's Journey, Where the Truth Lies, Adoration, Chloe, Devil's Knot, and The Captive previously. This premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year. It's scheduled to open in Europe in late April, but no other release dates are set yet. Who's interested?
I tend to like more and more these kind of films about deceptive nature of people when they are not judgmental but are more questioning bordlerlines. I hope this one is like that ...
shiboleth on Mar 30, 2020
If it's a film by Atom Egoyan, you can be sure it will be intelligent, complex and challenging and well worth a viewing. I've not been able to embrace all of his work, but sure liked The Sweet Hereafter and Chloe. There's no doubt in my mind that I'll see this whenever the opportunity presents itself. It's nice to see a director like this still working and putting out intelligent films.
thespiritbo on Mar 30, 2020
Thewlis and Atom seem like they hit it off with this one. Maybe not the most rewatchable drama, but looks like a damn fine one.
DAVIDPD on Apr 1, 2020
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