Atom Egoyan recently won the Dan David Prize. Each year a foundation in Tel Aviv gives out three prizes, for achievements related to the past, the present, and the future. This year the $1 million prize related to the past is for “creative rendering of the past,” and it was split among filmmaker Egoyan, novelist Amos Oz, and playwright Tom Stoppard. Egoyan was cited for his exploration of Armenian history and culture in several films, especially Ararat (the DVD can be borrowed from Media Commons).
Egoyan is currently at U of T as the Distinguished Visitor in Theatre, Film, Music and Visual Studies. The students who run Diablo’s café were so excited when Egoyan became a customer that they put a quarter he’d spent there on permanent display.