Updated at 4.59pm: Critically-acclaimed film director Atom Egoyan would visit Hong Kong in March - as part of the film festival of recent top films from Canada , festival organisers said on Thursday. Egyptian-born Egoyan, whose parents are Armenian, is considered an icon of Canadian cinema. His filmmaking has been widely praised internationally. One of his most well-known films The Sweet Hereafter (1997) earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Directing and Best Adapted Screenplay. During his stay in Hong Kong, the Toronto-based director will attend the premiere of his latest film Where the Truth Lies. This was nominated for The Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival 2005. The 46-year-old will also meet members of the audience after the opening screening on March 6. A selection of contemporary films will be shown together with a retrospective, entitled The Anonymity of Connection: Atom Egoyan. Raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Egoyan studied film at the University of Toronto. His films explore issues such as intimacy, displacement and the impact of technology and media on modern life. His latest film Where the Truth Lies is based on the best-selling novel by Rupert Holmes, and stars Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth. The Canadian film festival will show a total of 13 films and will begin on March 6. A government spokesman said on Thursday the festival had been jointly organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Consulate General of Canada. 'Canadian Film Festival 2006 will be shown at the Theatre of the Hong Kong City Hall, the Cinema of the Hong Kong Film Archive, and the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Space Museum from March 6 to 19,' the spokesman said. Other festival films include: The Saddest Music in The World (2003) directed by Guy Maddin. Les Aimants (Love and Magnets) (2004) is a romantic film about a young woman trying to help her sister's failing relationship. Another highlight is The Blue Butterfly (2004), based on a true story. It concerns a 10-year-old boy, who is terminally ill with cancer and his last wish is to search for the most beautiful blue butterfly in a rainforest. The festival will also include short films from the National Film Board of Canada. This includes Ryan (2004) which won the Best Animated Short Film in Academy Awards 2005, and Hardwood (2004) which was nominated for Best Documentary (short subject) at the Academy Awards 2004. For further details, call (852) 2734-2900.