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by Eugene Hernandez, Anthony Kaufman and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

>> Miramax Acquires Egoyan's "Ararat"

(indieWIRE/06.01.01) -- Miramax has announced its acquisition of the US
rights to Atom Egoyan's new film, "Ararat." The film, which went into
production ten days ago in Canada, stars Charles Aznavour ("Shoot the Piano
"), Eric Bogosian ("Talk Radio"), Brent Carver ("The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"), Marie-Josée Croze ("Maelström"), Bruce Greenwood ("The Sweet Hereafter"), Arsinée Khanjian ("Felicia's Journey"), Elias Koteas ("The Thin
Red Line
"), and Christopher Plummer ("The Insider").

Set amidst the prodcution of an epic movie about the 1915 Armenian
Genocide, the Egoyan's film is described in a prepared statement as, "A
contemporary story that weaves between history in the making and the effects
of history on modern culture. With his recognized style of shifting
seamlessly through time, (it) explores the quest for personal, sexual and
cultural identity through the intimate moments shared by lovers, strangers
and families."