|I think my film-making is going to be split between projects I write myself, which will become smaller and more intimate, and these adaptions, which I really enjoy.|
|Atom Egoyan Source|
Arsinée Khanjian, Elaine Cassidy and Bob Hoskins in Felicia's Journey
In 1994, Irish author William Trevor won his third Whitbread Prize for his novel, Felicia's Journey. The film rights to the work were secured by Mel Gibson's Icon Productions, who later signed on Atom to write the screenplay and direct. Originally wanting to transfer the story to Canada for the film, the book's author maintained that the location of the story be maintained. Consequently, the entire movie was shot overseas, with a largely British crew. The scenes in Ireland were shot in Glanworth, while the city locations in England were filmed in Birmingham. Felicia's Journey premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May, 1999. After playing at the Toronto Film Festival in September, the film will be released in the U.S. in November of 1999.
A poor, young Irish girl becomes pregnant after a brief affair with an English soldier. Misled about his identity, she embarks on fruitless search for the father of her unborn child. Once in England, the girl develops a relationship with a quiet man who further deceives her.
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