An Intimate and Interactive Chat with Atom Egoyan at the Empress Hotel (Victoria, BC)

March 31, 2017

Christopher Plummer in REMEMBER

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, guests at Victoria, BC’s iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel will be in for a very special treat. Among the beautiful tapestries and chandeliers of the Crystal Ballroom, the Empress will host a screening of REMEMBER, with filmmaker Atom Egoyan himself in attendance.

The acclaimed director will introduce the film and the evening will conclude with a post-film Fireside Chat. This event is a sort of homecoming for Egoyan, who spent his teenage years bussing tables and sorting laundry at the Empress (then a Canadian Pacific hotel) before becoming one of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers. Egoyan’s history with the Fairmont Hotels family is not just limited to his former employment: He shot parts of his 2005 film WHERE THE TRUTH LIES at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York.

No doubt Egoyan’s hotel experiences during his formative years fascinated him and influenced his filmmaking. Hotels, with their endless stories hidden behind locked doors, are a recurring motif in Egoyan’s filmography. From his early film SPEAKING PARTS to THE SWEET HEREAFTER and REMEMBER, Egoyan has unlocked hotel doors to reveal intimate stories of secrets, lies, love and alienation, with his trademark touch of existential uncertainty. Guests at the Empress will enjoy the thrilling REMEMBER against a backdrop of decades of history housed within the hotel, which opened in 1908.

This event is one stop on Egoyan’s very busy schedule surrounding National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150). On Wednesday morning (April 19), Atom Egoyan will be in conversation at the Empress with the CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers. The coffee house-style talk will be hosted in the hotel’s newly-renovated Bengal room. Later in the day he will appear via Skype at a Toronto screening of REMEMBER before joining actor Bruce Greenwood in Vancouver for a special VIFF 20th Anniversary presentation of his modern classic, THE SWEET HEREAFTER.

We’re big fans of Atom Egoyan, and we hear the director of the Empress Hotel is a big fan too! We’re so honoured and delighted to have such a Canadian Film legend joining us for NCFD 150. Don’t forget to check out our website to find an event near you, and check below for other screenings in and around Victoria.

List of Vancouver Island NCFD Screenings


French Events

Private Events

  • Glenwarren Lodge presents IRON ROAD
  • The Kensington presents MAURICE RICHARD: THE ROCKET
  • Parkwood Court presents THE GRAND SEDUCTION
  • William Head Institution Book Club presents THE LESSER BLESSED


  • Comox: Canadian Parents for French — Comox Valley presents LA GRANDE SEDUCTION
  • Courtenay: World Community Development Education Society presents THEY WERE PROMISED THE SEA
  • Duncan: Reel Alternative presents THE SWEET HEREAFTER (2 showings)
  • Esquimalt: CFB Esquimalt presents PASSCHENDAELE  (Private Event)
  • Nanaimo: L’association des francophones de Nanaimo presents LA DERNIERE CLE RIEN SUR LES MOCASSINS and LES CANADIENS FRANCAIS DANS L’OUEST (French Event)
  • Nanaimo: Crazy 8s & Vancouver Island Short Film Festival presents a curated short film programme
  • Nanaimo: Mount Benson Royal Canadian Legion Branch 256 presents PASSCHENDAELE
  • Nanaimo: Océane School presents TA PAROLE EST EN JEU: LES FRANCO-NUNAVOIS, LA VERSION DES L’OURS, and LA LEGENDE DES SARILA (Private French Event)
  • Nanaimo: Vancouver Island Regional Library Nanaimo presents ROOM
  • Parksville: Canadian Parents for French Oceanside presents LA GUERRE DE TUQUES (SNOWTIME!) (Private French Event)
  • Port Alberni: Film Fest Port Alberni presents THE SWEET HEREAFTER
  • Qualicum Beach: The Vancouver Island Regional Public Library presents SNOWTIME!
  • Sidney: Star Cinema presents  WATER, REEL INJUN, THE WHALE and MONSIEUR LAZHAR
  • Tofino: Monday Night Movies presents ANGRY INUK

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