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Awards and Festivals

Ararat is a contemporary story of two estranged families and their search for reconciliation and truth. It is also a historical reenactment (a film within a film) being made by a famous Armenian director, Edward Saroyan (Charles Aznavour), whose production is based on Clarence Ussher’s actual book AN AMERICAN PHYSICIAN IN TURKEY which depicts the Siege of Van, and the tragic events of 1915. Seamlessly shifting through time, Atom Egoyan explores the quest for personal, sexual and cultural identity through the intimate moments shared by lovers, families, enemies and strangers


Produced by: 

Robert Lantos

Written and Directed by:

Atom Egoyan


Marie-Josee Croze, David Alpay, Charles Aznavour, Christopher Plummer, Arsinee Khanjian, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas

Cannes International Film Festival 

Official Selection

Toronto International Film Festival 

Opening Night Gala 

National Board of Review

Winner, Freedom of Expression Award 

Political Film Society Awards

Winner, Human Rights Award

Canadian Screen Awards

Winner, 5 Awards including Best Picture 

Durban International Film Festival 

Winner, 3 Awards including Best Picture 

"A pertinent powerfully intelligent account of the morality of making history."   

- Geoff Pevere, The Toronto Star

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