The Sweet Hereafter

Year of participation 2010
Program Tributes

The Sweet Hereafter
Producer(s) Atom Egoyan, Camelia Frieberg
Director(s) Atom Egoyan
Script Atom Egoyan, story by Russel Banks
Director of Photography Paul Sarossy
Production designer Philip Barker
Music by Mychael Danna
Sound Steve Munro
Edit Susan Shipton
Cast Ian Holm, Tom McCamus, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood, Gabrielle Rose, Alberta Watson, Arsinee Khanjian, Earl Pastko, Maury Chaykin, David Hemblen, Brook Johnson, Stephanie Morgenstern, Peter Donaldson
Production company(-ies) Aliance Communicqtions, Ego Film Arts, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC), Gort of Canada, The Harold Greenberg Fund, The Movie Network, Telefilm Canada


A tragedy in The Sweet Hereafter unites the residents of a small town. Soon after, a big-city lawyer, driven by his own demons, stirs up the anger of the townspeople. In an atmosphere of suspicion and doubt, a teenager manages to regain her dignity and re-unite the community. Because of her courage, the townspeople are led to the ''sweet hereafter'', a realm reserved for those who are at peace with their fate. In the face of tragedy, we are tested for our fortitude and faith.

Grand Prize of the Jury, FIPRESCI Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (Cannes IFF, 1997); Golden Spike, Best Director of Photography, Youth Jury Award (Valladolid IFF, 1997); Jury Award Best Film (Ft. Lauderdale IFF, 1999), 7 Genie Awards including for Best Motion Picture, Best Achievement in Direction, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Ian Holm), Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Music Score, Best Overall Sound, Best Sound Editing (1997); Toromto City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film (Toronto IFF, 1997), Canadian Award Best Canadian Film or Video over 60 Minutes (Atlantic FF, 1997); Best Acting by an Ensemble (National Board of Review, USA, 1997); Best Foreign Film (Independent Spirit Awards, 1998); Best Picture, Best Canadian Film, Best Director, Best Performance, Male (Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, 1998); WGC Award (Writers Guild of Canada, 1998); Best Foreign Film (Sant Jordi Awards, 1999)

 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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