This four-disc box set contains four feature films and three rare shorts-plus audio commentaries, deleted scenes, photo essays, video interviews, behind-the-scenes material and a documentary--from Atom Egoyan, the four-time Cannes Film Festival winner and Oscar-nominated writer and director of The Sweet Hereafter and Exotica
In NEXT OF KIN (1984), a young man is having problems with his family. Catatonically unhappy, he undergoes video-therapy with his domineering parents. At the clinic, he comes across the videotapes of a troubled Armenian family, who twenty years earlier gave up their infant son to a foster home. This sly comedy explores the unexpected outcome of Peter presenting himself as this family's long lost son.
FAMILY VIEWING (1987) won numerous awards at major film festivals and established Egoyan as one of the most striking new directors of our time. In this black comedy a young man discovers that his childhood home videos have been erased to make room for his father's homemade sex tapes.
SPEAKING PARTS: Haunting images and obsessive sexuality merge in the film which confirmed Atom Egoyan's status as one of the most talented directors of his generation. This disquieting and enthralling postmodern thriller entwines its characters in a dangerous web of psycho-sexual desire. Lance is a movie extra looking for his first speaking film role, and when the alluring Clara, an idealistic television writer, checks into the hotel where Lance works, he seduces her into casting him in the film she is working on. Meanwhile, Lisa prowls video stores, only interested in viewing and reviewing the movies in which Lance appears as an extra. Both the look and impact of video on our lives vibrate in this richly photographed film, so penetrating and original that it begs to be watched again and again.
CALENDAR: With this beautiful and evocative film set in Armenia and Canada, Atom Egoyan (Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter) filtered his abiding obsessions into the most compact form he's yet achieved. Egoyan himself stars as a photographer sent to Armenia to document historic churches for a calendar commission. He takes along his wife as a translator (played by Egoyan's real-life wife and frequent star Arsinee Khanjian), but their relationship begins to unravel as she becomes more and more drawn to her ethnic roots and to their Armenian guide.