By Jack Rico
Where the heck has Colombian Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno been hiding all these years? For those inquiring minds who want to know, nuestra rola has recently been working with Chilean director, Sebastián Silva, in his new movie “Magic Magic,” starring Michael Cera. The film was being promoted around Sundance this January and word on the film has been lukewarm, to say the least.
Funny thing about “Magic Magic” is, back in early 2011, Puerto Rican director Miguel Arteta said that Cera left to Chile for several months to commit himself to really learning Spanish because “Magic Magic” was going to be completely spoken in Spanish. According to the trailer, that was obviously BS. This was all happening around the time that Will Ferrell actually did learn Spanish for ‘Casa de mi Padre‘ and Matt Damon was begging Pedro Almodovar to be included in one of his movies.
Sandino on her end has actually been working ever since her breakout Oscar hit ‘Maria Full of Grace – she’s appeared in Fast Food Nation, Che, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and For Greater Glory. Her turn here is in a supporting role and that Colombian sassiness always leaves a memorable mark. After the plot below, you can catch her in the new trailer…
Plot: The story revolves around Alicia (Temple), who arrives in Chile on her first trip out of the United States. As she visits her friend Sarah (Browning), she tries to fit into a different world – all while slowly losing her mind. She must contend with the surreal, unfamiliar countryside of Chile, the always delicate, sometimes dismissive treatment of Sarah’s boyfriendAgustin and friends (Moreno) and the vague antagonism of a complex character named Brink (Cera). The new movie is written and directed by Sebastian Silva (The Maid). It premiered at the Sundance Film Festivala month ago.