Photo Credit, Eric John
The Los Angeles Film Festival presented by Film Independent showcases 10 days of the best in “new American and international cinema.” This year brings a host of indie films with familiar names that will vie for that coveted slot on Oscar’s Best Picture list in January 2014. One of the hot films at the festival this year is Crystal Fairy starring Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffman and directed by Sebastián Silva.
The movie follows an insensitive American (Cera) who travels through Chile with friends to experience a hallucinogenic San Pedro cactus. Along the way, he meets an eccentric woman named Crystal Fairy (Hoffman). Together, the two experience a magical journey after enjoying a bit of the shamanistic cactus. While the story sounds fantastical, the core of the film is about the relationship between the main characters.
Press Pass LA hit the red carpet and had the opportunity to speak with several of the stars about making the quirky movie.
Cera explained his love for the director, “I loved Sebastián and I loved his other work and I really wanted to work with him. I really like the kind of stories he tells. I love his exploration of humanity in his movies.”
Silva returned the love for his star, “It was never hard to work with Michael and that’s why we started collaborating. The first time we met we clicked immediately, the sense of humor is similar. We have the same taste in movies and we don’t buy into the Hollywood bullish*t.”
For Hoffman, her return to acting full-time in 2009 has been celebrated because she took such a long break after a successful career as a child star in movies like Uncle Buck, Field of Dreams and Sleepless in Seattle. Hoffman shared, “It took me 12 years to decide that I wanted to continue acting. Once I decided that, the transition [from child actor to adult actor] much easier.”
Crystal Fairy will be released nationwide on July 12.
Watc the trailer here.