English and Spanish with English subtitles, 2012, 97 minutes, color, U.S.A./Chile, Midnight
If Alicia could just get some sleep, everything would be all right. As she and her cousin Sarah make their way through rural Chile with Sarah’s boyfriend, his sister, and their strange American friend Brink, Alicia’s insomnia slowly takes control. The difference between what is happening in reality and what is happening in her own mind becomes less and less clear to her. After she takes a stab at hypnosis to help solve the problem, things only get worse. As her waking nightmare continues, will her “friends” be her salvation or her downfall?
Writer/director Sebastián Silva crafts an unsettling film that examines sexual repression and the fear of loss. With vivid characters in conflict, evocative landscapes, and Christopher Doyle and Glenn Kaplan's fluid cinematography, Silva shows how the smallest choices we make can have significant and insurmountable consequences. - M. P.
About the Director
Sebastián Silva is a Chilean writer and director based in New York. He has made five feature films, including The Maid, which won the dramatic Jury Prize at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival; Old Cats, which screened at the Festival in 2011; and a comedy series. He has another film screening at the Festival this year, Crystal Fairy, in the World Cinema 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
Executive Producers: Giovanna Randall, Eric Laufer, William Winget, Joe Healey, Todd Remis
Producers: Frida Torresblanco, Christine Vachon, Mike White, David Bernad
Cinematographers: Christopher Doyle, Glenn Kaplan
Editors: Alex Rodriguez, Jacob Craycroft
Composer: Stenfert Charles
Principal Cast: Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Catalina Sandino, Agustín Silva
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