american empire: It's not precisely about ... Donald Trump, according to CTV. But still, every day, the news that you look at or that you read is reminiscent of a kind of fall, Arcand said in an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. In this way, the title of his latest feature, The Fall of the American Empire, could also be read as these times we are living in, Arcand said. The U.S. is going to hell, at least as far as I can see it. The 77-year-old director, who won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2004 for The Barbarian Invasions, admits the Montreal-set film is somewhat removed from the workings of the Trump White House, but he said the cinematic and political dramas share a common theme -- the power of money to drive people's choices, for good or for ill. They are running into trouble. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.