IFC Films has debuted the first theatrical trailer for director Antonio Campos’ (After School) erotic drama Simon Killer. The film stars Brady Corbet (Melancholia) as a college graduate who travels to Paris after a bad breakup, where he begins an affair with an exotic prostitute that leads to dire consequences. The trailer is surprisingly fun and hypnotic, and it does a good job of showcasing Campos’ distinct visual style and the seemingly engrossing story. The pic premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and you can read Matt’s review of the film right here.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Mati Diop, Michael Abiteboul, and Constance Rousseau. Simon Killer opens on April 5th.
Antonio Campos‘s Simon Killer is an amusing film both unintentionally and unexpectedly. The film is rarely meant to be comedic and it rarely enters into so-bad-it’s-good territory. What makes the film so amusing is how hard Campos is trying to make it exciting. It is the definition of overcompensating as the aggressive direction, bizarre cinematography, and melodramatic performances try to convince the audience the dull plot and pathetic characters are worth caring about. There’s even a moderately intriguing idea at the center of the protagonist’s motives, but it’s buried under meaningless sex, violence, and introspection.