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Adoration

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Year of participation 2008
Program Non-competition Programs

Adoration
Producer(s) Atom Egoyan, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss
Director(s) Atom Egoyan
Script Atom Egoyan
Director of Photography Paul Sarossy
Production designer Phillip Barker, Barry Isenor
Music by Mychael Danna
Sound Steve Munro, Bissa Scekic
Edit Susan Shipton
Cast Scott Speedman (Tom), Rachel Blanchard (Rachel), Kenneth Welsh (Morris), Devon Bostick (Simon), Aaron Poole, Dominic Cuzzocrea (Cab Driver)
Production company(-ies) Ego Film Arts
 

Synopsis

Adoration speaks to our connections---with each other, with our family history, with
technology and with the modern world.
Sabine (ARSINլE KHANJIAN), a high school French teacher, gives her class a
translation exercise based on a real news story about a terrorist who plants a bomb in
the airline luggage of his pregnant girlfriend.
The assignment has a profound effect on one student, Simon (DEVON BOSTICK), who
lives with his uncle (SCOTT SPEEDMAN). In the course of translating, Simon reimagines
that the news item is his own family's story, with the terrorist standing in for his
father. Years ago, Simon's father (NOAM JENKINS) crashed the family car, killing both
himself and his wife (RACHEL BLANCHARD), making Simon an orphan. Simon has
always feared that the accident was intentional.
Simon reads his version to the class and then takes it to the Internet. In essence, he has
created a false identity which allows him to probe his family secret. As Simon uses his
new persona to journey deeper into his past, the public reaction is swift and strong.
hen an exotic woman reveals her true identity. The truth about Simon's family
emerges. The mystery is solved and a new family is formed.

Awards
Ecumenical Jury Prize (Cannes, 2008)

 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
 
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