16. Simon Killer
Director: Antonio Campos
Stars: Brady Corbet, Mati Diop
Release info: Sold at Sundance to IFC Films; no release date has been announced yet
Why you should be excited: The trio of barely 30-year-olds at the helm of indie production company Borderline Films (government names: Antonio Campos, Sean Durking, and Josh Mond) are all about darkening the Sundance Film Festival’s mood. Last January, they premiered Durkin’s directorial debut, Martha Marcy May Marlene, a chilly and mystifying look at a girl’s detachment from a homicidal cult that landed on our 25 Best Movies Of 2011 countdown; this year, they returned with Campos’ sophomore effort as a director, Simon Killer, and things aren’t looking any more upbeat.
Brady Corbet, who co-starred in Martha Marcy May Marlene, headlines as Simon, a sociopathic college graduate who falls obsessively in love with a prostitute (Mati Diop) while visiting Paris. Through sporadic voiceovers, off-kilter sound effects, and strobe lights, Campos translates Simon’s inner psychosis as he deals with a break-up by inserting himself into the pretty hooker’s world, whether she’s ready for it or not. Sounds like good, clean family fun, no? If you’ve seen Martha Marcy May Marlene, then you should easily detect the sarcasm there.