Zachary Wigon’s Sanctuary stars Christopher Abbott because the inheritor to rich household (“A wealthy asshole,” as he put it), and what occurs to him as he tries to extricate himself from the clutches of a dominatrix (Margaret Qualley) is the core of this ingenious two-hander.

“I’d say that it’s a movie about role-playing,” mentioned Wigon when he got here to Deadline’s TIFF Studio, “and the methods by which fantasy and our actual lives compete with each other.”

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The topic had been fomenting for some time. “For quite a lot of years,” he mentioned, “I’ve been within the thought of creating a movie — a thriller specifically — a few dominatrix, as a result of I believe nice thrillers are likely to have paradoxes on the coronary heart of them. There’s one thing paradoxical, inherently, in regards to the function of a dominatrix, as a result of a dominatrix has complete management over her shopper, however she additionally has zero management over her shopper exterior of the realm of the fantasy. So that had been on my thoughts for a while.”

Things switched up in June 2020, Wigon recalled. “I used to be on t he telephone with my pal Micah Bloomberg, who wrote the movie, and he urged that we develop one thing collectively, with him writing and for me to direct, and so I pitched him this obscure thought a few dominatrix who robs a shopper — that was the start level for me. And then Micah informed me that, funnily sufficient, he had written a play, a one-act play, quite a lot of years earlier, a few dominatrix and her shopper, set in a resort room. So, we realized that we each had this curiosity, this fascination with this house. We began speaking in regards to the story, and the story constructed from there.”

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