Interview with Screenwriter Cecilia Michelangeli (The Ambiguous Couch Affair)

The Ambiguous Couch Affair’s first scenes were read at the Writing Festival last month.

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Cecilia Michelangeli: The unreasonable way to react to an attempt robbery and to a meaningless shooting.

Randall and Evelyn run a struggling furniture store in a quiet community. The peace is disturbed when a nervous would-be armed robber, Parker Ray, enters the store demanding money.

How labile the difference between being the victim of a crime or its perpetrator can be?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Black Comedy

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because the story is an interesting dynamic between irrational people who act out of fear with their gut instincts. And all of this seems to happen more and more often. The screenplay presents heavy situations with comedic exchanges and misunderstandings, trying to prove once again that violence is never a logical nor excusable reaction.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Nonsensical self-destruction

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

I guess Fargo/The Departed/Play it again, Sam (maybe?)

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started one year ago, but in that time I mostly wrote other scripts.

7. How many stories have you written?

There’s no way of knowing.

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

I don’t like the concept of favourite, also there are too many different song I could list here. I guess I should name at least five completely at random so : Girl from the North Country (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), Birdland (Patti Smith), Baby Birch (Joanna Newsom), These Days (Nico), Lather (Jefferson Airplane).

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Boredom, distraction and starting to write other things while I was supposedly finishing this screenplay.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Cinema in general, directing in particular. Reading and watching other people’s work.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

I always had a positive experience with FilmFreeway.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings
on the initial feedback you received?

This was actually the first festival I’ve sent this specific screenplay. In fact it’s difficult to find festivals that take into consideration unfinished screenplay (and that are not excessively expensive). The feedback that I’ve received was very good, with some curious suggestions. However, I’m aware that it’s impossible to judge or comment on a first scene without knowing anything about the rest of the story, especially without being able to talk about certain choices and nuances.

 

 

Watch the Screenplay Reading: 

Randall and Evelyn run a struggling furniture store in a quiet community. The peace is disturbed when a nervous would-be armed robber, Parker Ray, enters the store demanding money.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Laura Kyswaty
Randall: Geoff Mays
Evelyn: Kiran Friesen

 

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