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Sebastián Silva

“If you believe in your characters and they’re not just an artifice, any situation that you put them through, be it a little bit ridiculous, humiliating, funny, or very earnest, it’s going to come out naturally like that.”

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    Rotting in the Sun

    ROTTING IN THE SUN

    SEBASTIÁN SILVA United States, 2023

    Getting sucked into an infinite loop of drugs, men and dizzying mystery? That’s one cure for writer’s block! Frolicking and squabbling across the beaches, clubs, and rooftops of Mexico, Sebastián Silva and Jordan Firstman play hilarious versions of themselves in this absurd and sexy meta-comedy.

    Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus

    CRYSTAL FAIRY & THE MAGICAL CACTUS

    SEBASTIÁN SILVA Chile, 2013

    The classic tale of clueless youths seeking hallucinogenic euphoria gets a funky twist in Sebastián Silva’s Sundance-winning road trip through the majestic plains of Chile. As American tourists caught in a battle of will, Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann are equal parts discomfiting and hilarious.

    Nasty Baby

    NASTY BABY

    SEBASTIÁN SILVA United States, 2015

    Sebastián Silva assembles a winning ensemble cast for this, his fifth feature: a film about many things at once—pregnancy, gentrification—but most of all something more complicated, frequently, and fascinatingly elusive. A surprising film that builds and builds to a truly killer, knockout ending.

    The Maid

    THE MAID

    SEBASTIÁN SILVA Chile, 2009

    Winner of the Grand Prize at Sundance and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film, The Maid is a beautifully drawn and stunningly well-acted domestic drama—tense, and ultimately touching. With her magnificent lead performance, Catalina Saavedra conquered the festival circuit.

    Life Kills Me

    LIFE KILLS ME

    SEBASTIÁN SILVA Chile, 2007

    After years of experience in art and music, Sebastían Silva made his filmmaking debut with an offbeat meta-comedy that pops with absurdist detail and fantastical performances. Life is submerged in black and white in this surreal look at art-making and mortality—color, meanwhile, belongs to cinema.

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