Jamie is a boorish, insensitive American twentysomething traveling in Chile, who somehow manages to create chaos at every turn. He and his friends are planning on taking a road trip north to experience a legendary shamanistic hallucinogen called the San Pedro cactus. In a fit of drunkenness at a wild party, Jamie invites an eccentric woman—a radical spirit named Crystal Fairy—to come along. What is meant to be a devil-may-care journey becomes a battle of wills as Jamie finds himself locking horns with his new traveling companion. But on a remote, pristine beach at the edge of the desert, the magic brew is finally imbibed, and the true adventure begins. Preconceived notions and judgments fall away, and the ragtag group breaks through to an authentic moment of truth.
With his signature flair, maverick writer/director Sebastián Silva returns (The Maid won the dramatic Jury Prize in 2009) to unearth the deadpan comedy that results from the archrivalry between his ego-clashing characters. Culminating in a profound audience experience, Crystal Fairy is about the gifts we can receive when we stop reaching for them. - K. Y.
About the Director
Sebastián Silva is a Chilean writer and director based in New York. He has made a comedy series and five feature films, including The Maid, which won the dramatic Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and Old Cats, which screened at the Festival in 2011. He has two films screening at the Festival this year—Magic Magic in the Park City at Midnight program and Crystal Fairy in the World Dramatic Competition. He is also an alright painter, a mediocre musician, an enthusiastic dancer, and a phony mystic.
Cast and Credits
Director: Sebastián Silva
Screenwriter: Sebastián Silva
Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín
Cinematographer: Cristián Petit Laurent
Editors: Diego Macho, Sofía Subercaseaux, Sebastián Silva
Art Director: Mark Grattan
Sound Designer: Roberto Espinoza
Principal Cast: Michael Cera, Gaby Hoffmann, Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel Silva, Agustín Silva
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