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NEXT OF KIN

Canada, 1984 (MIFF 1989, Children's Film Festival)

Director: Atom Egoyan

Canadian 'wunderkind' Atom Egoyan, a guest at last year's MFF with his breakthrough film Family Viewing, made his first feature in 1984. Invited for last year's festival but lost en-route from Cannes, Next of Kin is more accessible and humorous than Family Viewing, yet reveals what have already become Egoyan's trademarks, as further developed in his third feature, Speaking Ports, also screening in this year's programme. Like Family Viewing, the centra! character in Next of Kin is a young man. Catatonicatly unhappy with his family life, Peter undergoes 'video therapy' with his parents. One day, while at the hospital studying the video records of his sessions, he comes across the tapes on an Armenian family who feel guilty about surrendering their own son, while still an infant, to a foster home. Seizing the opportunity, Peter decides to trade in his own family for another.

The results of this intriguing and original premise are comic, heartwarming and tragic, as Peter finds a more authentic home than the one he shares with his legal parents, and is introduced to a culture that, though displaced, stilt has a valuable living heritage, far beyond anything his bland WASP background can offer.

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IT CAME FROM KUCHAR

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FAMILY VIEWING

Canada, 1987
One of the most talked about films of the year at international festivals, Family Viewing> is as extraordinary and surprising as it is original. Egyptian born, Canadian bred writer/director Atom Egoy… More »

Man: A Passion Playground

Canada, 1986
While a woman orates on the excellence of the masculine gender, a field of males cheer and chant their appreciation in unison. ... More »

SPEAKING PARTS

Canada, 1989
... ... Writer and director Atom Egoyan's third and most recent film comes to us direct from its world premiere in the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. It explores territory that wil… More »

ROADKILL

Canada, 1989
“THE CLASSIC NOTION of a road ... movie," says debut director Bruce ... McDonald, "usually has someone going ... on the mad for the slimmest of reasons, meeting a variety of characters and then hav… More »

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