TORONTO—Canadian-Armenian filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s latest film, “The Captive” will compete for the top honor, the Palme d’Or at next month’s 67th Cannes Film Festival, reported the Toronto Star.
Egoyan joins two other Canadian directors, David Cronenberg and Xavier Dolan, to represent Canada with an unprecedented three films.
Egoyan, who last participated at Cannes in 2008 with his film “Adoration,” said he was pleased to be back in competition.
“It is always an honor to be in competition in Cannes,” Egoyan said in a news release.
“I am especially proud to be working with such an amazing team of actors, as well as my family of creative partners who helped bring the vision for The Captive to life,” added Egoyan.
The Captive is a psychological thriller about a family torn by the kidnapping of a young girl. It stars Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Alexia Fast and Bruce Greenwood.
Egoyan’s critically acclaimed films include Chloe, Speaking Parts, The Adjuster, Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter (nominated for two Academy Awards), and the award-winning Genocide epic, Ararat. Aside from being in competition at Cannes in 2008, his work has been featured in international retrospectives including at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and at the Venice Biennale.