Felicia's Journey (1999)
"The Captive" is a challenging, dark film that echoes many themes prominent in Egoyan's other works. The loss of a child, the bleak snowy landscapes and emotionally charged performances from the likes of Rosario Dawson and Ryan Reynolds make for a unique kind of thriller that may well find more receptive audiences outside of the festival bubble.
Moviefone Canada spoke to Atom Egoyan in Toronto at the end of August, as he was preparing to host a sneak preview of his film to a local audience.
Moviefone Canada: You've lived with the film a little bit [since Cannes]. How's your reaction to your baby changed now that you have a bit of distance?
Bob Hoskins: five-foot-six cubic and bursting with brilliance
Bob Hoskins: forget Mona Lisa, Felicia's Journey was his masterpiece
Helen Mirren pays tribute to a 'great actor and greater man'
Bob Hoskins was a godsend for those TV shows that would feature footage of the work now-famous performers took early on to pay the bills. Shows such as Before They Were Famous. Because before he was on the big screen in films such as Mona Lisa, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Cotton Club, Hoskins had played a removals man who sought help for his illiteracy in On the Move, a Sunday afternoon series of 10-minute dramas (screened in 1975 as part of the BBC's adult education
Peter Bradshaw: Felicia's Journey was Hoskins' finest hour
Bob Hoskins' co-star on one of the late actor's most celebrated films has paid tribute to the British cinema icon as a "brilliant, beautiful kind man who wanted more than anything to be with his family".
Irish actor Elaine Cassidy, who worked with Hoskins on Felicia's Journey, said she was "shocked, speechless and of course saddened" to hear of the actor's death from pneumonia at the age of 71.
Bob Hoskins: Xan Brooks pays tribute
Bob Hoskins: a career in pictures
Plenty of better-looking performers than Bob Hoskins, who has died aged 71, have found themselves consigned to a life of bit parts. Short, bullet-headed, lacking any noticeable neck, but with a mutable face that could switch from snarling to sparkling in the time it took him to drop an aitch, Hoskins was far from conventional leading-man material. In his moments of on-screen rage, he resembled a pink grenade. But he was defined from the outset by a mix of the tough and the tender that served him well throughout his career.
As the beleaguered, optimistic sheet-music salesman in the BBC series Pennies from Heaven (1978), written by Dennis Potter, he was sweetly galumphing and sincere. Playing an ambitious East End gangster
Bob Hoskins: Xan Brooks pays tribute
Bob Hoskins: a career in pictures
Bob Hoskins: Michael Coveney on his stage work
Plenty of better-looking performers than Bob Hoskins, who has died aged 71 of pneumonia, have found themselves consigned to a life of bit parts. Short, bullet-headed, lacking any noticeable neck, but with a mutable face that could switch from snarling to sparkling in the time it took him to drop an aitch, Hoskins was far from conventional leading-man material. In his moments of on-screen rage, he resembled a pink grenade. But he was defined from the outset by a mix of the tough and the tender that served him well throughout his career.
As the beleaguered, optimistic sheet-music salesman in the BBC series Pennies from Heaven (1978), written by Dennis Potter, he was sweetly galumphing and sincere.
The much loved actor Bob Hoskins has died at the age of 71, according to his agent. Hoskins, though sometimes typecast as a cheeky Cockney chappie, was an actor whose talent shone through in the great diversity of roles he played, from Who Framed Roger Rabbit's hapless detective to the taxi driver out of his depth in Mona Lisa and the sinister, obsessive catering manager in Felicia's Journey. Despite failing health, he recently appeared in Snow White And The Huntsman.
The actor's career path was an unusual one. Coming from a working class background and leaving school with only one O-level, he worked as a window cleaner and got into theatre by accident after being mistaken for a professional actor. He was immediately acclaimed for his remarkable natural talent.
Hoskins also did some notable work on television, appearing in an acclaimed production of
Peter McDonald is an Irish actor and writer best known for Moone Boy, Sea of Souls and Rte's Your Bad Self. Born in Dublin in 1972, he began his acting as a student at University College Dublin. In addition to his TV roles, he has appeared in more than a dozen fims, including I Went Down, The Damned United and Felicia's Journey, while his theatre work includes a highly praised production of Glengarry Glen Ross at the Apollo in London. As well as Sky 1's Moone Boy, McDonald can currently be seen in the comedy film The Stag and at Wyndham's theatre in The Weir.
Television: House of Fools
Absolutely crazy and a real breath of fresh air. Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are at their best and have great support from Matt Berry and Morgana Robinson. It
"He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career," said a statement released by his agent today. "Bob is now looking forward to his retirement with his family."
Hoskins, 69, is a Golden Globe winner who has won widespread acclaim for his work. As well as starring in family comedies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, he is known for thrillers like Mona Lisa and The Long Good Friday and challenging indie projects like Felicia's Journey. He recently appeared in Snow White And The Huntsman....
Dave: You know, when I first started writing about film I was accidently sent a copy of Felicia's Journey by Lionsgate and I fell completely in love with it. It was one of the big reasons I pursued this interview so aggressively. The film had a point of view
For someone like Egoyan,
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A year is a long time in the movies. Fifteen months ago, I met the Canadian film-maker Atom Egoyan as he brought his low-key indie Adoration to the London film festival. The venue was an anonymous hotel cafe. At the festival's next edition, Egoyan returns with a new film, Chloe; this one stars Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried, and Egoyan is holding forth in a suite at Claridge's in central London. Things have clearly gone well for him.
At our first enconter, in the cafe, Egoyan was nursing a hangover that made him pleasantly effusive. He wasn't what I expected. Even his actors can be confused; before starting work on Adoration, one of its leads,
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