Atom Egoyan (born July 19, 1960) is a Canadian film and stage director best known for The Sweet Hereafter and Exotica.
Egoyan was born to Armenian parents in Egypt. His family moved to Canada when he was two years old. His work often explores themes of alienation and isolation, featuring characters whose interactions are mediated through technology, bureaucracy or other power structures. Egoyan's films often follow non-linear plot structures, in which events are placed out of sequence in order to elicit specific emotional reactions from the audience by withholding key information.
His most critically acclaimed film is the drama The Sweet Hereafter (1997) and his biggest commercial success came with the erotic thriller Chloe (2009). Egoyan has been nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, both for The Sweet Hereafter. He also won several awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Genie Awards.
His most recent film The Captive premiered in competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.