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MAGIC MAGIC

Chile / USA, 2013 (MIFF 2013, Night Shift)

Director: Sebastian Silva

"Meticulously acted, gorgeously shot and hilariously insightful about the strange, inarticulable ways people can get on one another's nerves, this psychological thriller takes its premise to surprising, darkly comic extremes." – Variety

When Alicia (Juno Temple, from Killer Joe, MIFF 2012) flies from California to Chile in order to spend time with her cousin Sarah, she finds herself taken on an island holiday with Sarah's friends. Unable to speak the language, Alicia grows anxious at her unfamiliar surroundings and when Sarah has to leave, Alicia's social isolation and insomnia take hold, leading to increasingly erratic behaviour.

Writer/director Sebastián Silva (Old Cats, MIFF 2011) scored a Golden Globe nomination and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for his breakout film The Maid (MIFF 2009), and returns with this horror film unlike any other: an unsettling, claustrophobic tale of schizophrenia and sexuality. Temple leads an impressive cast that includes an against-type Michael Cera, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Australia's Emily Browning, while Christopher Doyle's hypnotic widescreen cinematography lends the piece a suitably creepy, otherworldly tone.

"Funny and very strange, Magic, Magic is not only one of the best films at Sundance, but Silva is one of the strongest new voices in horror." – Film.com

D/S Sebastian Silva P David Bernad, Frida Torresblanco, Christine Vachon, Mike White Dist Studio Canal L English, Spanish w/English subtitles TD DCP/2013

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