Ever since it helped open the Sundance Film Festival this past January — which isn’t at all a long time, actually — people have been quite keen on Crystal Fairy, a picture known in Park City as “the movie where Michael Cera does drugs in the Chilean desert and encounters a grown-up, naked version of the little girl in Uncle Buck.” (And some people call their slate familiar or generic.) Excepting the fact that I don’t want to see the latter aspect (on account of preserving some childhood), you can understand how that description, principally when paired with good reviews, imbues desire to to learn what it’s all really about. If it’s about anything, actually.
Thankfully, Sebastían Silva‘s film will come to regular audiences within (what should be) a reasonable amount of time, as a press release has announced Crystal Fairy acquisition by IFC. Some of the finer details sound to still be in the waiting, and the rest of the piece is general fluff — they’re happy to work together, it’s a perfect match, etc. — but good news all-around. Now, who will get down to releasing Silva and Cera‘s other, far more terrifying Sundance movie?
In further news regarding directors whose first names are Sebastián, Magnet Releasing have picked up (releasing picking up?) Europa Report, a sci-fi thriller that stars Sharlto Copley and, yes, is directed by Sebastián Cordero. There was a teaser, you’ll possibly recall, that hit in November, a short piece that showed off some striking imagery and nothing in the way of plot or character — which makes it altogether more curious when it’s described as “[a] unique blend of documentary, alternative history and science fiction thriller” that was developed in conjunction with a list of scientific groups that includes NASA. For what is, ostensibly, a genre movie about life on one of Jupiter’s moons.
Count me in. Michael Nyqvist (Sweden’s Dragon Tattoo, America’s Ghotocol), Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days), Daniel Wu (The Man with the Iron Fists), Karolina Wydra (Crazy, Stupid, Love), and Christian Camargo (Breaking Dawn) all co-star, and Europa Report is expected to land (or launch) in 2013.
Does the vibe of either project strike your fancy?
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