Vancouver born indie dark comedy Mon Ami premiered this past weekend – get the inside look from the theatre and the after party!
This past weekend, the Granville Empire theatre hosted the Vancouver premiere of one of the city’s newest and most promising indie films, Mon Ami. Directed and produced by Rob Grant and Mike Kovac (Capilano Film School colleagues) along with a number of their classmates, the film had received numerous honours on the festival scene, including consideration for Canada’s top ten at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Mon Ami tells the tale of two friends – Teddy (played by Kovacs himself) and Cal (Cap graduate Scott Wallis) – who set out on a much-maligned criminal quest (they call it a “fishing trip”) to try and ransom their boss’s daughter (Chelsey Reist) to get rich quick. Along the way, over-the-top comedic gore dominates, with hilarious events leading to gut-wrenching moments of violence. Needless to say, the film breaks barriers and takes risks.
But that’s not the end of it. Witty and well-written dialogue carries the film and, as the relationship between the two central characters deepens, so does you interest in finding out how it ends. Despite the sometimes-brutal scenes, the film feels incredibly genuine – as if it were even a true-to-life rendition. A particularly memorable character was Teddy’s crazy wife (Teagan Vincze), who only complicates the pair’s plan.
The theatre erupted in applause upon its conclusion, and Vancity Buzz was at the after party at Subeez Café – a Vancouver classic – to get the inside story and chat with the filmmakers. The inspiration to create the film followed the success of the production team’s first effort Yesterday, which scored honours for best director (Magnolia Festival, 2009) and best zombie movie (True Independent Film Festival, 2009).
Director Rob Grant explained that his work was in part to honour the true code of friendship, something that he was finding difficult to do when all of his friends were marrying and moving into new lives. His theme really does shine through to the end, where a situation that could not possibly get worse ends up displaying the importance of a good friend.
With so many members of the cast and crew being alumni from the renowned Capilano University film school, the hipster haunt had the energy of a family reunion, and it was bumping. Bloody props from Mon Ami littered tables while an impressive DJ spun some smooth lounge electronic. The vibe was laid back, but still rocked hard with class.
Mon Ami looks to continue to represent Vancouver on the festival circuit this year, so do not miss out on the opportunity to catch a screening! Check out the website for upcoming showing dates!
Check me out on Twitter @Cassarek!