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Interview / Photo Call : Where the truth lies
Press conference : Where the truth lies
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Highlights May 13th 2005



- A HISTORY OF VIOLE...
- BASHING
- BATALLA EN EL CIEL...
- BROKEN FLOWERS
- CACHÉ
- DON'T COME KNOCKIN...
- ELECTION
- FREE ZONE
- KEUK JANG JEON
- KILOMETRE ZERO
- LAST DAYS
- LEMMING
- L'ENFANT
- MANDERLAY
- PEINDRE OU FAIRE L...
- QUANDO SEI NATO NO...
- SHANGHAI DREAMS
- SIN CITY
- THE THREE BURIALS ...
- THREE TIMES
- WHERE THE TRUTH LI...


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WHERE THE TRUTH LIES

directed by Atom EGOYAN
CANADA | UNITED KINGDOM




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Actors
Kevin BACON    Lanny Morris
Colin FIRTH    Vince Collins
Alison LOHMAN    Karen O'Connor
Rachel BLANCHARD    Maureen O'Flaherty



Synopsis
A beautiful naked girl is found dead in the bathroom of a hotel suite after spending the night partying with two showbiz celebrities. Fifteen years later a young journalist with her own agenda begins an investigation into what happened that fateful night, thereby triggering events beyond her control.



Extracts of Dialogues
Karen: Have you ever thought about writing a book?
Lanny: About what?
Karen: Your life.
Lanny: Sure, when I'm dead. I mean, it would have to be published after I died when I won't care what anyone thought of me.






Red Carpet Arrivals: "Where the Truth Lies" - 13/05/2005

Flanked by actors Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth and Rachel Blanchard and producer Robert Lantos, Canadian director Atom Egoyan walked up the red-carpeted stairs this evening for the presentation of his competition feature Where the Truth Lies. Other red carpet arrivals included Germano-Turk director Fatih Akin, member of the Jury, who presented his latest film out of competition Crossing the Bridge.

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Competition: "Where the Truth Lies" by Atom Egoyan - 13/05/2005

Atom Egoyan is back on the Croisette with a drama slyly entitled Where the Truth Lies. This is the fourth time the Canadian director presents a film in competition in the Official Selection, following Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1997) - which was awarded the Jury Grand Prize - and Felicia's Journey (1999).

Where the Truth Lies, based on the best-selling mystery novel by Rupert Holmes, follows a woman journalist as she strives to untangle a web of murder and deceit, fifteen years after the fact. One night, two celebrities happen to be in the company of a beautiful young woman who later turns up dead. Will the amateur sleuth be able to distinguish where the truth lies? According to Atom Egoyan, who teamed actors Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth with Alison Lohman for the picture, Where the Truth Lies is "the story of a conflict between a public myth and a private history."

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Press Conference: "Where the Truth Lies" - 13/05/2005

Atom Egoyan, director of Where the Truth Lies, which has been described as a story about a conflict between a public myth and a private history, met the press today in the company of actors Colin Firth, Kevin Bacon and Rachel Blanchard, as well as producer Robert Lantos. Here are some selected excerpts.

Kevin Bacon on the development of the comedy duo: “With Colin being British, when we got to Canada we just started to think about how that might be and how we could have the button-down British guy and the ugly American and the contrast of that. I looked at a lot of Martin & Lewis, also a lot of the Smothers Brothers, Abbott & Costello, Laurel & Hardy...”

Colin Firth on their comedy act: “It was hugely dependent on spontaneity and our relationship. I was very tempted to go for this role as an American as written in the book, but it was irresistible the advantages in keeping the Englishness, both as an act...and in my character's behaviour off stage. We tried to make a virtue of the contrast so the cliché of the Englishman is the formal schoolmaster if you like, and the cliché of the American is the unruly eternal adolescent. ”

Rachel Blanchard on her script: “Once I have completed a scene, I have a hard time remembering what was on the page, because it's almost like a dream. You have a hard time separating the two, what really happened and what was there originally. ”

Atom Egoyan on the dark side of the film: “I think that as dark as the film is, it ends with a tremendous beam of light, that the decision she makes is very optimistic. I think that in a lot of the films that I have done, the characters go to very dark places to find something that provides some hope. ”

Atom Egoyan on the quantity of nudity: “That sense you feel as the viewer, that it's going too far, is absolutely essential to the dramatic intention of the piece. The viewer has to experience a sense of violation. I wanted to create this world that was intoxicating. I wanted it to be unbridled...nothing was holding them back. I have a great producer who doesn't make me think about censors, but we probably will have issues.
It's really interesting to see how people respond to the sexuality and not the violence. That he's going too far when he's bashing the guy's head against the floor. No one ever talks about that. That's the goriest scene I've ever done. ”


Atom Egoyan on style and noir movies: “I revisited a lot of noir movies and it seems to me that the defining aspect of noir is not any particular visual style but the sense that the character is dealing with the notion of fate. That is what defines noir. All these characters think they have a machine figured out and will be able to control things, but in fact it's all illusion. I love then the way the viewer becomes implicated in the noir.”

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