Making a movie is a miracle. The odds are always stacked against you. But finishing a movie and getting the chance to screen it in a packed theater is a gift from the gods of cinema. Diego Vicentini's first feature is as powerful as we envisioned, but it hits harder than we expected. I'm proud to be one of the producers of this magnificent film.
Simón tells the story of a Venezuelan student leader who finds himself in Miami, broke and broken, during the daunting process of seeking political asylum. There's a hole in his soul. His spirit has been squashed. He's dealing with a severe case of PTSD as well as the guilt for actually having escaped the regime. Simón is torn between starting from scratch in a new world, and returning home to resume the fight. At its core, Simon is about how we turn guilt, anger and grieve into understanding, forgiveness and love.
We had our world premiere at the Florida Film Festival in Orlando. We sold out our two screenings and the reception was incredible. I was thrilled and super excited to see the cast and crew make an effort to show up and be there for our first official screening, but when the credits rolled and the lights came back up, I was truly humbled and overwhelmed by the nearly two minute standing ovation the film received from the festival audience. I was well aware that we had made a beautiful film, but I wasn't expecting it to awaken such profound and intense emotional reaction.
I truly hope you get a chance to see it soon. We're working on it ;)
Go follow SIMÓN on social media to keep up with our festival run and upcoming screenings. https://www.instagram.com/simonthefilm/
Luis Alejandro Silva
Pedro Pablo Porras
Writer / Director: Diego Vicentini
DP: Horacio Martinez
Prod Design: Panchi Sanfuentes
Line Producer: Rafael Rodriguez
1st AD: Arturo Manuitt
Casting: Lauren Herrel
Editor: Diego Vicentini
Composer: Freddy Sheinfield
Producers: Jorge Antonio González - Marcel Rasquin - Diego Vicentini