Guest of Honour

For many years, Atom Egoyan has been read (or misread) as a primarily cerebral filmmaker, when the fact is that all of his films are propelled by deeply felt emotional traumas, and his characters’ corresponding inability to work through them. His new film, Guest of Honour — which is driven by a memorable and moving turn by David Thewlis — shares many significant tropes with his breakthrough early films, most notably a protagonist who, while professionally charged with protecting society, is undergoing personal turmoil that prevents him from fulfilling his duty. A father  and daughter attempt to work through their complicated relationship, secret histories, and personal demons, in this exploration of unresolved personal trauma and its unintended consequences.

  • Program
  • Original title
    Guest of Honour
  • Director
    Atom Egoyan
  • Producer
    Atom Egoyan, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss
  • Writers
    Atom Egoyan
  • Photo
    Paul Sarossy
  • Actors
    David Thewlis, Luke Wilson, Laysla De Oliveira
  • Playtime
    1 h 45 min
  • Year
    2020
  • Country
    Canada
  • Production
    Ego Film Arts, The Film Farm
  • Distributor
    ManyMore Films