Jim (David Thewlis) and his daughter Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira), a young high- school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets in GUEST OF HONOUR, the new film from Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) which weaves through time exploring perception and penance, memory and forgiveness.
A hoax instigated by an aggressive school bus driver (Rossif Sutherland) goes very wrong. Accused of abusing her position of authority with 17-year-old Clive (Alexandre Bourgeois) and another student, Veronica is imprisoned. Convinced that she deserves to be punished for crimes she committed at an earlier age, Veronica rebuffs her father’s attempts to secure her early release. Confused and frustrated by Veronica’s intransigence, Jim’s anguish begins to impinge on his job. As a food inspector, he wields great power over small, family-owned restaurants. It’s a power he doesn’t hesitate to use.
While preparing Jim’s funeral, Veronica confides the secrets of her past to Father Greg (Luke Wilson) who may hold the final piece of the father-daughter puzzle.
Screening as part of the series Canada Now: Best New Films 2020.
Language In English and Armenian with English subtitles.
Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil
Running Time 105 minutes
Director Atom Egoyan
Writer Atom Egoyan
Editor Susan Shipton
Cinematographer Paul Sarossy
Cast David Thewlis, Rossif Sutherland, Laysla De Oliveira, Luke Wilson, Alexandre Bourgeois, Arsinee Khanjian