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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Sebastian Silva’s Magic Magic

Thanks to Sebastian Silva’s output/frequent visits to Park City, the country of Chile has been well repped at the festival, so after the World Cinema Jury Prize Dramatic winning The Maid (Sundance ’09) and Old Cats (Sundance ’11), his patronage should continue once again with his first English language and genre film Magic Magic starring Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Michael Cera, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Agustín Silva and on the tech side the film is equipped with Cinematographer Christopher Doyle, Editor Alex Rodríguez (Children of Men) and Composers Daniel Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans (Martha Marcy May Marlene).

Gist: While vacationing with a friend in the spectacular Chilean lake district, young American traveler Alicia (Temple) begins seeing disturbing images visible only to her. Her best friend Sarah (Browning) suddenly returns to Santiago, leaving Alicia in an unfamiliar country surrounded by strangers (Cera and Sandino Moreno). More and more she unravels, seeing darker visions and hearing chilling noises that send her running into the woods. In this disturbing landscape, she experiences crushing terror and knows that she must escape. A destabilizing, psychological thriller recalling the best works in the genre, this film entices viewers into a world they won’t be able to forget.

Production Co./Producers: Rip Cord Productions’ Mike White (the actor/scribe) and David Bernad, Braven Films’ Frida Torresblanco and Killer Films’ Christine Vachon

Prediction: Park City at Midnight

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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