Gala Presentation: Guest of Honour



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Guest of Honour is a twisting morality tale exploring the complicated relationship between Jim (David Thewlis) and his daughter Veronica (Laysla De Oliveira) and the past that haunts them both. Veronica is a young high-school music teacher who is imprisoned when a hoax instigated by an aggressive school bus driver (Rossif Sutherland) goes very wrong. Convinced that she deserves to be punished for unrelated acts she committed at a much earlier age, Veronica rebuffs her father’s attempts to secure her early release. Both Jim and Veronica make efforts to move towards a resolution, which is brought to a brutal halt when Jim dies. While preparing Jim’s funeral, Veronica confides the secrets of her past to Father Greg (Luke Wilson) who may hold the final piece of this father-daughter puzzle. Acclaimed Director Atom Egoyan masterfully weaves through time to illuminate dark secrets, resulting in a disturbing and irresistibly compelling study of perception, memory and forgiveness.

Director:  Atom Egoyan
Writer:  Atom Egoyan
Producers:  Atom Egoyan, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss
Cast:  David Thewlis, Laysla De Oliveira, Luke Wilson, Rossif Sutherland, Alexandre Bourgeois
Cinematographer:  Paul Sarossy
Editor: Susan Shipton
Country:  Canada
Province:  ON
Language:  English
Runtime:  105 minutes