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Year 2019
Runtime 105 mins
Language English
Alberta Premiere
Sep 28
7:30 PM Globe Cinema - Down
Sep 29
11:00 AM Eau Claire 5
Canadian master Atom Egoyan returns to CIFF with GUEST OF HONOUR - featuring a stirring performance from David Thewliss.

An unassuming food inspector has his world turned upside down when his educator daughter is accused of abusing her position of authority with a student. Told through multiple timelines, GUEST OF HONOUR follows the father and daughter as they work through their complicated relationship and deal with unresolved personal traumas.

Few filmmakers deal with the long-term emotional consequences of trauma in the way Egoyan does. The themes on display in GUEST have been a part of his work since early in his career. With GUEST OF HONOUR, he finds wonderfully willing actors in Thewliss and Laysla De Oliveira. Each deliver beautifully nuanced work anchoring an ambitious, mysterious and moving work of cinema.

CLOSING GALA screening of GUEST OF HONOUR is Saturday, September 28 at 7:30pm with the Closing Gala Block Party taking place at 9pm.
An encore screening will take place Sunday, September 29 at 11am.
Director Atom Egoyan is in attendance for the Sep. 28 screening; Q&A to follow.

The closing gala film screening will be followed by a Block Party along 8th Ave with favourites Paper St., Junction Stage + Bar, The Derrick, and State & Main providing music, special pop-ups, and industry guests in attendance. Guests will have the choice to attend a film and then the Block Party, attend a film screening only, or purchase a Block-Party-only ticket and just come for the party! Block Party passes include two drink tickets. 


Atom Egoyan
Atom Egoyan, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss
Atom Egoyan
Paul Sarossy
Susan Shipton
Mychael Danna
David Thewlis, Luke Wilson, Tennille Read, Rossif Sutherland