Crystal Fairy

Cine Latino and Director's Talk

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Directed by Sebastián Silva (Chile, 2013)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm | Room 2040, Valley Life Sciences Building

Director Sebastián Silva speaks after the screening of "Crystal Fairy."

-  Read "A Magical Cactus Trip," James Gerardo Lamb's review of the film for the Spring 2014 Berkeley Review

An American backpacker’s drug tour of Chile takes an unexpected turn when he invites a new-age compatriot, Crystal Fairy, along on a quest to find the hallucinogenic San Pedro cactus. The two spar throughout the trip, but a mescaline-induced breakthrough comes on a remote beach at the edge of the desert. Winner of the World Cinema Directing Award for Drama at the Sundance Film Festival. 99 minutes. English and Spanish with subtitles.

“As the closing credits role, we’re left not with a sense of a day at the beach, but of what might be swimming out there, in the dark of the abyss.” — Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

The film will be followed by a question-and-answer session with director Sebastián Silva.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the San Francisco Film Society.


CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken and director Sebastián Silva after the screening of "Crystal Fairy." (Photo by Orit Mohamed.)
CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken and director Sebastián Silva after the screening of "Crystal Fairy." (Photo by Orit Mohamed.)

Sebastián Silva laughs with the audience answering questions. (Photo by Orit Mohamed.)
Sebastián Silva laughs with the audience answering questions. (Photo by Orit Mohamed.)

Michael Cera with the eponymous cactus in "Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus and 2013."
Michael Cera with the eponymous cactus in "Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus and 2013."