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Arsinée Khanjian

Arsinée Khanjian

Arsinée Khanjian most recently starred in Catherine Breillat's critically acclaimed feature, A Ma Soeur! (Fat Girl). Her other international credits include Michael Haneke's CODE INCONNU; two films for Olivier Assayas, Irma Vep and Late August, Early September; and Don McKellar's debut feature, Last Night. Khanjian is best known in North America for her ongoing collaboration with filmmaker Atom Egoyan. In his features she has played many important parts, including the pregnant club-owner in Exotica; an anguished hippie mother in the Oscar-nominated The Sweet Hereafter, (for which she shared a special award for Ensemble Acting from the National Board of Review); and the glamorous TV cook (and mother) in Felicia' s Journey. She also co-produced, as well as starred with Egoyan in the award-winning Calendar.

Khanjian's extensive stage-work includes Irina Brook's 1999 French-language premiere of Dancing At Lughnasa, in Paris and Switzerland, (subsequently remounted in 2000, for a French national tour and festival appearances in Japan and Germany). She has starred in a number of important productions in Canada, including Beast On The Moon, and Wedding Day At The Cro-Magnons. In Spring, 2001, she was back in Paris and Switzerland, starring in a major new production of Goethe's Stella, directed by Bruno Bayen. On television, she starred in the CBC drama series, Side Effects and has established a dynamic collaboration with Ken Finkleman, with the series More Tears, Foreign Objects, and Foolish Heart. The latter of which, she performed entirely in Armenian, and earned her both the Gemini Award, and the Best Actress Award from the Cinema Tout Ecran (Switzerland). Khanjian also starred on stage in the Canadian premiere of Marivaux's Counterfeit Secrets, directed by John Van Burek. Most recently, she hosted a special presentation of the CBC's Opening Night, dealing with genocide – an issue that Khanjian has been fervently involved with, especially as an activist for international recognition of the historic Armenian Genocide.

Khanjian is an active volunteer and board member of arts groups internationally, including the Zoryan Institute, and The Power Plant, Canada's leading contemporary art gallery.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Arsinée Khanjian Facts

BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

Selected Filmography

Irma Vep
Lark Farm
Fat Girl
The Sweet Hereafter
Last Night
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