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In the indie noir thriller, Simon Killer, rising director Antonio Campos shows us that darkness can survive and grow even in the City of Lights. Hopefully, in his next effort will be able to show us the depth of its roots.
Given the buzz for Campos' debut film Afterschool (which was nominated for a Independent Spirit Award in 2008), the anticipatory talk was high for this follow-up feature which mixes American actor Brady Corbet (Mysterious Skin) with a French cast, including actresses Mati Diop (who shares credit as one of the film's screenwriters) and Lila Salet. Already know for his visual pallet and ability draw viewers into his cinematic vision, Campos caused a notable buzz at Sundance with Simon Killer ahead of its select Us release (April 12th in Los Angeles, April 26 in San Francisco, May 5, Seattle.)
- Jason Stewart
Director Antonio Campos burst onto the scene in 2008 with his critically-acclaimed debut Afterschool. After producing his Borderline Films partner Sean Durkin's debut Martha Marcy May Marlene, the filmmaker is back with his second feature Simon Killer, which is currently playing in theaters and available on VOD formats. Brady Corbet stars as the title character, a recent college graduate who heads to Paris and becomes enamored with a prostitute (Mati Diop), a relationship that heads down a dark path very quickly. I recently had the chance to speak with both Antonio Campos and Brady Corbet over the phone about this new indie drama. Here's what they had to say.
I read that you secured financing in an unusual way. You were seeking more funding for Martha Marcy May Marlene, and this became funded as well. That's »
Director: Antonio Campos.
Running time: 101 minutes.
Synopsis: Simon (Brady Corbet) escapes to Paris after a bad breakup, only to fall into another altogether different relationship with a prostitute. Hatching a plan to blackmail her clients, Simon starts to lose control as the pair become increasingly distant.
You may not know his name, but you may recognise Antonio Campos’ work. His Independent Spirit Award-winning feature debut, Afterschool, launched him onto Variety’s ‘Ten Directors To Watch’ list, and he has since produced the much celebrated Martha Marcy May Marlene. After meeting Brady Corbet on Sean Durkin’s 2011 film, the two started work on the rather awkward and uncomfortable Simon Killer.
After several post-breakup days of meaningless strolling through the streets of Paris, young graduate Simon is tempted by a sex bar where he meets pretty prostitute, Victoria (Mati Diop). After exchanging numbers, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
With Simon Killer, Brady Corbet makes his leading man debut giving a fearless and haunting performance opposite Mati Diop. Our exclusive clip puts some of that talent on display, in this story about a heartbroken man whose relationship with an exotic hooker leads to blackmail, betrayal and the ultimate revelation of Simon's true nature.
Simon Killer - Exclusive "Staying for a Week"
Recently heartbroken, Simon travels to Paris to clear his head. After several days of wandering aimlessly, Simon finds himself drawn into a hostess bar and has a sexual encounter with Victoria, the exotic prostitute. The chemistry builds between the two until they find themselves in a serious relationship, one that leads to murder! Now playing in New York, Simon Killer will open in Los Angeles and become available on VOD April 12.
Eureka Entertainment have given us a new look at the very intriguing Simon Killer, that originally premiered in 2012 at the London Film Festival and now due for a selected theatrical release on April 12th. This deeply disturbing character study is set in a ‘post-graduation summer’ in Paris from Director Antonio Campos, the Writer and Director of the critically acclaimed Afterschool and it sounds like it also has a killer soundtrack.
Brady Corbet (Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene) plays Simon, a recent college graduate full of promise and potential, who goes to Paris to begin a trip around Europe after a bad break-up with his long-time girlfriend. Like many young people living overseas and away from home for the first time, he’s both an adventurer and an outsider in a strange land. When Simon falls in love with a young, mysterious prostitute (Mati Diop), their fateful journey begins. Check out »
- Dan Bullock
IFC Films has released the first trailer for writer/director Antonio Campos' Simon Killer . Check it out in the player below, courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers . The film follows a recent college graduate who goes to Paris after breaking up with his girlfriend of five years. His life should be open-ended and full of promise, but he can't shake his feelings of loss. Being a stranger in a strange land only aggravates his situation. When he falls in love with a young mysterious prostitute, a fateful journey begins, though we soon learn that Simon is the one with deeper secrets. Simon Killer stars Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Michael Abiteboul, Constance Rousseau and Lila Salet and hits theaters on April 5. »
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