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Robert Lantos

Producer

Eastern Promises marks producer Robert Lantos's third collaboration with director David Cronenberg, following Crash (winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival) and eXistenZ (winner of a Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival).

The producer's other new film, Fugitive Pieces, from director Jeremy Podeswa, is the Opening Night Gala at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Mr. Lantos founded and built Canada's leading film and television company Alliance Communications, of which he was Chairman and CEO. In 1998, he sold his controlling interest in Alliance, and now produces films through his production company Serendipity Point Films.

Beginning with his first credit as producer – L'Ange et la femme (1976), directed by Gilles Carle and the winner of the International Critics Prize at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival – Mr. Lantos has made over 30 feature films.

Mr. Lantos has established longstanding creative relationships with several of the world's pre-eminent directors. His many credits include István Szabó's Being Julia, for which Annette Bening earned an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe Award and the National Board of Review award for Best Actress; and Sunshine, which earned three Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Picture. He has also produced Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter (Cannes Grand Prix winner; nominated for two Academy Awards), Where the Truth Lies (Official Selection, Cannes International Film Festival; a Toronto International Film Festival Gala), and Ararat (Official Selection, Cannes International Film Festival; a Toronto International Film Festival Gala).

His other features include In Praise of Older Women,directed byGeorgeKaczender (Opening Night Gala, Toronto International Film Festival); Joshua Then and Now, directed by Ted Kotcheff (In Competition, Cannes International Film Festival); Black Robe, directed by Bruce Beresford (Opening Night Gala, Toronto International Film Festival; Genie Award for Best Picture); Whale Music, directed byRichard Lewis (four Genie Awards); Johnny Mnemonic, directed by Robert Longo; Atom Egoyan's Felicia's Journey (In Competition, Cannes International Film Festival; Opening Night Gala, Toronto International Film Festival); Denys Arcand's Stardom (Closing Night, Cannes International Film Festival; Opening Night Gala, Toronto International Film Festival) and the Canadian domestic boxoffice phenomenon Men with Brooms.

Mr. Lantos's extensive television credits include the drama series Due South and E.N.G.; and such telefilms and miniseries as Shot Through the Heart, The Hunchback, Sword of Gideon, Family of Strangers, and Woman on the Run.

He is a member of the Order of Canada and a member of the Board of Indigo Books & Music. Mr. Lantos holds an honorary Doctor of Letters from McGill University.