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[[Performer~P88743~Atom Egoyan~atomegoyan]]'s haunting adaptation of the [[Performer~P315625~Russell Banks~russellbanks]] novel The Sweet Hereafter was the Canadian filmmaker's most successful film to date, taking home a Special Grand Jury Prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival and scoring a pair of Academy Award nominations, including Best Director. Restructured to fit [[Performer~P88743~Egoyan~atomegoyan]]'s signature mosaic narrative style, the story concerns the cultural aftershocks which tear apart a small British Columbia town in the wake of a school-bus accident which leaves a number of local children dead. [[Performer~P32962~Ian Holm~ianholm]] stars as Mitchell Stephens, a big-city lawyer who arrives in the interest of uniting the survivors to initiate a lawsuit; his maneuvering only drives the community further apart, reopening old wounds and jeopardizing any hopes of emotional recovery. Like so many of [[Performer~P88743~Egoyan~atomegoyan]]'s features, The Sweet Hereafter is a serious and painfully honest exploration of family grief; no character is immune from the sense of utter devastation which grips the film, not even the attorney, whose interests are in part motivated by his own remorse over the fate of his daughter, an HIV-positive drug addict. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

  • Release date:October 4, 1997

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Genie Awards Andy Malcolm Best Sound Editing 1997 Winner
Genie Awards Kathleen Climie Best Art Direction/Production Design 1997 Nominee
Genie Awards Keith Elliott Best Sound 1997 Winner
Genie Awards Mychael Danna Best Original Score 1997 Winner
Genie Awards Mychael Danna Best Original Song 1997 Nominee
Genie Awards Patricia Cuccia Best Art Direction/Production Design 1997 Nominee
Genie Awards Paul Sarossy Best Cinematography 1997 Winner
Genie Awards Ross Redfern Best Sound 1997 Winner
Genie Awards Sue Conley Best Sound Editing 1997 Winner
Genie Awards Susan Shipton Best Editing 1997 Winner
Genie Awards Tom McCamus Best Supporting Actor 1997 Nominee
Genie Awards Tony van den Akker Best Sound 1997 Winner
Genie Awards Beth Pasternak Best Costume Design 1997 Nominee
Genie Awards Atom Egoyan Best Director 1997 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Atom Egoyan Best Director 1997 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Atom Egoyan Best Foreign Film 1997 Winner
Genie Awards Atom Egoyan Best Screenplay 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Atom Egoyan Best Director 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Atom Egoyan Best Adapted Screenplay 1997 Nominee
Genie Awards Bruce Greenwood Best Actor 1997 Nominee
Genie Awards Ian Holm Best Actor 1997 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Ian Holm Best Actor 1997 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Sarah Polley Best Actress - Runner-up 1997 Winner
Genie Awards Sarah Polley Best Original Song 1997 Nominee
Genie Awards Sarah Polley Best Actress 1997 Nominee
Genie Awards Daniel Pellerin Best Sound 1997 Winner
Genie Awards Gabrielle Rose Best Actress 1997 Nominee
Genie Awards Goro Koyama Best Sound Editing 1997 Winner

Crew

Atom Egoyan
Director
Atom Egoyan
Producer
Camelia Frieberg
Producer
Atom Egoyan
Screenwriter
Russell Banks
Book Author
Paul Sarossy
Cinematographer
Mychael Danna
Composer (Music Score)
Sarah Polley
Composer (Music Score)
Susan Shipton
Editor
Phillip Barker
Production Designer
Kathleen Climie
Art Director
Patricia Cuccia
Art Director
David J. Webb
Associate Producer
Andras Hamori
Executive Producer
Robert Lantos
Executive Producer
Beth Pasternak
Costume Designer
Tony van den Akker
Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Pellerin
Sound/Sound Designer
Ross Redfern
Sound/Sound Designer
Keith Elliott
Sound/Sound Designer
Andy Malcolm
Sound Editor
Sue Conley
Sound Editor
Goro Koyama
Sound Editor
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