From filmmaker Antonio Campos (Afterschool), the indie drama Simon Killer is an unsettling psychological portrait of a well-educated, handsome young man named Simon (Brady Corbet) who travels to Paris to get over a recent break-up. He soon finds himself drawn into a sex parlor where he has a sexual encounter with an exotic prostitute named Victoria (Mati Diop) that continues to spiral out of control.
During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actor Brady Corbet and writer/director Antonio Campos talked about how this film came about, what they wanted to explore in the story they were telling, their collaboration on the portrayal of Simon, and the intention behind making the sex scenes so uncomfortable. Corbet also talked about treating his acting career as a master class, now that he’s trying his own hand at directing. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Simon Killer opens today in limited release.]
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 that 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.
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.
Like I did last year, I had a great time at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s tough to complain about weather conditions or getting around when you have the privilege to watch and discover new movies all day. Even better, plenty of Sundance 2012 films turned out to be pretty damn good. For me, there weren’t any quite as excellent as Martha Marcy May Marlene or Project Nim from last year, but those movies set an incredibly high bar. Many of my peers felt they saw something truly special with Beasts of the Southern Wild and I can understand the love even if it didn’t hit me with as much emotional impact. Most of my peers also loved Liberal Arts and Sleepwalk With Me, and I’m sorry I missed those. But all in all, the festival ran as smoothly as last year, the volunteers (especially those in the press tent) were awesome, and it’s always a joy to hang out with people from other movie websites.
Hit the jump for my festival scorecard where you can see an organized list of my ratings for the movies I saw (although I highly encourage you to read the full review rather than just glance at a letter). While this is my wrap-up, Steve will be posting his Sundance interviews throughout the week so keep an eye out for those.
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.
Sundance 2012 no longer has a corner on the acquisitions news market as it’s being reported out of the Miami International Film Festival that director Alejandro Brugues’ (Personal Belongings) Cuban zombie flick, Juan of the Dead has been picked up by Outsider Pictures. The festival, which runs March 2nd to the 11th, will be the first theatrical screening under the banner. Outsider is planning a theatrical release in Miami soon after the festival with Focus World releasing the picture later in 2012 on VOD, DVD and other formats.
From Sundance, THR reports that IFC Films has picked up the domestic rights to director Antonio Campos’ Simon Killer, a dark drama starring Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Michael Abiteboul, Constance Rousseau and Lila Salet. The sexually explicit film about an American man falling for a Parisian prostitute may earn itself an NC-17 rating. Hit the jump for the press release for Juan of the Dead.
I had a blast at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and I can’t wait to go again next year. Today, Sundance announced their In-Competition line-ups for 2012 and already I’m trying to plan out how I’m going to see all of them (which is impossible, but it’s nice to dream). The U.S. Dramatic Competition features For Ellen, Nobody Walks, Safety Not Guaranteed, Smashed, and more. There are also some interesting-sounding films in the U.S. Documentary Competition including Finding North, The Invisible War, and The Other Dream Team.
Hit the jump to check out the full press release, which includes the in-competition line-ups for U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, and World Cinema Documentary Competition. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.