Arsinée Khanjian

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Arsinée Khanjian
Arsinée Khanjian at the Third Golden Apricot Film Festival at Yerevan, Armenia.
Born (1958-09-06) 6 September 1958 (age 60)
EducationConcordia University
University of Toronto
OccupationActress, film producer
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Atom Egoyan
AwardsBest Dramatic Actress
1999 Foolish Heart Genie Award for Best Actress
2002 Ararat

Arsinée Khanjian (Western Armenian: Արսինէ Խանճեան, Eastern Armenian: Արսինե Խանջյան; born 6 September 1958) is an Armenian-Canadian actress and producer. In addition to her independent work and stage roles, she is regularly cast by her husband, Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, in his films. She has a bachelor's degree in French and Spanish from Concordia University and a master's degree in political science from the University of Toronto. Her husband, Egoyan, credits her for inspiring him to further explore his Armenian roots. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their son, Arshile.

Khanjian was a jury member for the Cinéfoundation and Short Films sections at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for Foolish Heart (1999) [2]
  • Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film Chloe Award (2002).
  • Recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal (2002).
  • Queen Zabel Award by the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America (2003).
  • Sourp Mesrob Mashdotz Award (2003)
  • Durban International Film Festival Winner for Best Actress in Ararat (2003)
  • Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in Ararat (2003).
  • The Crystal Award for Creative Excellence by Women in Film and Television (2005) [3]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Next of Kin Azah Deryan
1988 Family Viewing Aline
1988 La boîte à soleil
1989 Speaking Parts Lisa
1991 The Adjuster Hera
1991 Montréal vu par... Rima Segment: "En passant"
1992 Chickpeas
1993 Calendar Translator
1994 Exotica Zoe
1995 A Portrait of Arshile Voice Short film
1995 2 rue de la mémoire Short film
1996 Irma Vep L'américaine
1997 Strands Lab Worker Short film
1997 The Sweet Hereafter Wanda
1997 Bach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande Sarah
1998 Sentimental Education Arthur
1998 Last Night Streetcar Mother
1998 Late August, Early September Lucie
1999 Felicia's Journey Gala
2000 Hokees Anahid Short film
2000 Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys Francine
2001 Fat Girl Mother
2002 Ararat Ani
2005 Sabah Sabah
2005 Where the Truth Lies Publishing Executive
2007 The Lark Farm Armineh
2008 Adoration Sabine
2011 Nobody Else But You Dr. Juliette Geminy
2011 De temps et d'eau Short film
2012 No Man's Zone Narrator (voice)
2014 The Cut
2014 Atlit Mona
2014 The Captive
2016 Lost in Armenia Tzarkanoush
2016 The Other Side of November Lea/Layla
2017 Last Car Mayor Keele


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Looking for Nothing TV short
1993 Street Legal Rosa Martino Episode: "Truth or Dare"
1994–1995 Side Effects Elaine Chen Main role (12 episodes)
1996 Dinner Along the Amazon Olivia Penney TV short
1997 Ms. Scrooge Cratchit TV film
1998 More Tears Andrea TV series
1999 Foolish Heart Lena TV series
2000 Foreign Objects Maria TV series
2001 Mentors Anaïs Nin Episode: "Experience"
2002 Made in Canada Crystal Episode: "Veronica's Friend"
2005 Slings and Arrows Episode: "Rarer Monsters"
2006 ReGenesis Eva Ramone Episode: "Our Men in Havana"
2009 The Border Ghayda Hassan Episode: "Broken"
2013 Murder in Passing Mayor 42 episodes


  1. ^ "The Jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Films". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
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