Synopses & Reviews
is a contemporary story of two estranged families and their search for reconciliation and truth. A film-within-a-film, it is also a historical re-enactment being made by a famous Armenian director, Edward Saroyan, whose production is based on Clarence Ussher's actual book An American Physician in Turkey, which depicts the Siege of Van and the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Seamlessly shifting through time, writer/director Atom Egoyan explores the quest for personal, sexual, and cultural identity through the intimate moments shared by lovers, families, enemies, and strangers.
At the center of the film are an 18-year-old boy on the cusp of adulthood, Raffi, and a man on the eve of his retirement, David. Raffi returns to Canada with cans of 35mm film, digital tapes, and a mystery. He is sent to customs for inspection. David is determined to discover what Raffi is concealing. According to Raffi, the canisters contain "additional" material for a film being shot in Toronto, but David suspects otherwise and his questioning leads to an intense psychological examination.
Raffi struggles with the memory of his father and his very present mother, Ani, an art historian specializing in the work of the great abstract expressionist painter Arshile Gorky. Raffi is also torn between his mother and his relationship with his stepsister, Celia, who blames Ani for her own father's death. David is coming to terms with his gay son Philip, and Philip's lover, Ali, while trying to build a solid relationship with his grandson, Tony. When Ali, an actor, is cast in the Saroyan film, the paths of these two families become inextricably linked, culminating in David's intense interrogation of Raffi's mysterious cargo. What begins as a search for clues becomes a quest for truth across a vast and ancient terrain of lies, deception, denial, fact, and fear.
The cast includes David Alpay, Charles Aznavour, Eric Bogosian, Brent Carver, Marie-Josee Croze, Bruce Greenwood, Arsinee Khanjian, Elias Koteas, and Christopher Plummer.
Ararat won five Canadian Genie Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Arsinee Khanjian), Best Supporting Actor (Elias Koteas), Best Original Score and Best Costumes.
In the acclaimed Newmarket Shooting Script® series, the book includes the screenplay and an introduction by Atom Egoyan, an afterword by Tim Taylor, stills from the film, and full cast and crew credits.
A film-within-a-film, "Ararat" is a contemporary story about the making of an epic film about the Armenian genocide of 1915. This book includes the complete screenplay, a selection of b&w movie stills, cast and crew credits, as well as an Introduction and scene notes by Atom Egoyan. 20 photos.
In the Newmarket Shooting Script® series format—from the acclaimed filmmaker Atom Egoyan, the Academy Award®-nominated writer and director of The Sweet Hereafter, comes an ambitious film using the fictional production of an epic film about the Armenian genocide to interweave past and present.A film-within-a-film, Ararat is a contemporary story about the making of an epic film about the Armenian genocide of 1915. The plot follows how the making of the film changes the life of an 18-year-old man hired as a driver on the production, as it interweaves between history in the making and the effects of history on modern culture.Ararat's cast includes: Charles Aznavour (Shoot the Piano Player), Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio, Gossip, Deconstructing Harry), Brent Carver (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow), Marie-Josée Croze (Maelstrom), Bruce Greenwood (Thirteen Days, The Sweet Hereafter), Arsinée Khanjian (Last Night, Felicia's Journey), Elias Koteas (The Thin Red Line, Crash), Christopher Plummer (The Insider), and David AlpayArarat: The Shooting Script® includes the complete screenplay, a selection of 20 black-and-white movie stills, cast and crew credits, as well as an introduction and scene notes by Atom Egoyan.
About the Author
Writer/Director Atom Egoyan is a celebrated filmmaker worldwide. His acclaimed adaptation of the Russell Banks novel The Sweet Hereafter received two Academy Award® nominations (Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay) and won both the Grand Prize of the Jury and the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Egoyan's recent features include Felicia's Journey and Exotica. Cairo-born, Canadian-bred, and of Armenian descent, Egoyan lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife, actress Arsinée Khanjian, and their son, Arshile.