MOVIE PREMIERE: Architect of downfall
By Chloë Bellande–mtltimes.ca
Director/Producer Vincent Simoneau released his latest short film THE ARCHITECT OF DOWNFALL, an intense drama about a middle-aged lawyer who finds an intruder in his apartment. As Michael tries to figure out what’s the intruder wants, he reveals breadcrumbs and explosive dark secrets of Michael’s past.
While the storyline sounds intriguing, the story behind-the-scenes is also a good tale. First, the script, written by Silva Mungai, gets discovers on SimplyScripts, a website for screenwriters seeking financing or production deals. “The writing was excellent, and the intense build-up was attracting”, said Vincent. He then started an indiegogo crowd-funding campaign and successfully finances his short film, slating the production shortly after. “It was the first time we used crowd-funding platforms and without having a following of any kind. That was our major problem. That being said though, thanks to all the people that believed in me and the project, we were able to raise a little more than half our budget to make this little masterpiece”, he shared.
What was supposed to be just another night with the boys, ends up in a collateral disaster, when Michael (Chris Jarry) is suddenly held at gunpoint by an intruder (Jason Kettle) in his home. Later on, Michael’s wife (Ashley Perreault) comes home and the intruder forces him to reveal specific details of his disturbing past in front of her. As the story unfolds, director Vincent Simoneau takes us on a roller-coaster ride as Michael’s past is revealed, killing his wife softly, one word at a time…Now, clearly the plot prompts an obvious question: How much do I really know about my husband/wife? Or better yet, will I be able to forgive, in the event that a hurtful lie is revealed? However, The Architect of Downfall isn’t about liars and dirty secrets. The writer creates a tension throughout the story and concludes with an unexpected twist that will prompt debates on whether or not the intruder is the bad guy. “The ending was so unexpected, it intrigued me. I wanted to bring that whole intensity to the screen and get the audience equally immersed into the story”, shared director Vincent Simoneau, when discussing the script.
As the movie will kick off its festival tour shortly, a limited audience watched an exclusive screening of The Architect of Downfall on March 9th, as it premiered at the Cinémathèque Québécoise on boul. de Maisonneuve.
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