Program 2018

Tyrel

Sebastián Silva, USA 2018, 86’
Polish premiere
To Dust

A birthday party in the Catskills. It's frosty, dangerous and a long way from civilization. We're familiar with this setting from the movie  Winter's Bone, but it might seem that there would be less of it in Sebastián Silva's story of social injustice and horror than in Debra Granik's film. The birthday boy and his guests are well-off. They like to eat well and have a good time. Although they are white and part of the middle class, they hate, rather than respect, Donald Trump. They try to avoid racism and intolerance, though they aren't doing a great job, and their politically incorrect jokes have an impact on Tyler, a black kid who came to the party in the company of the birthday boy, and who feels unsure of himself in this group of strangers. He is keenly aware of racism, but this sort is subtle and out of place, so the mood of the horror grows slowly. Once the emotions reach their climax, will the situation get out of control? Will there be a moment when we all want to shout: Tyler, get out!!!

Anna Bielak

Sebastián Silva

Sebastián Silva was born in Santiago, Chile. Before moving to Montreal, where he graduated, he spent a year studying at a film school in Chile. His first exhibitions took place in Canada, where he founded the music band CHC, but he made his first film after returning to his homeland. He won the award for best film at the Chilean Pedro Sienna Awards in 2008 for La Vida Me Mata. His next film, The Maid (2009), won the Jury Award at Sundance, and in 2010 it was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.

Selected filmography

2009 Służąca / The Maid

2013 Magia / Magic Magic

2015 Bachor / Nasty Baby

2018 Tyrel

Cast & Crew

director Sebastián Silva
screenplay Sebastián Silva
cinematography Alexis Zabe
editing Jennifer Lame, Sofía Subercaseaux
cast Christopher Abbott, Caleb Landry Jones, Jason Mitchell, Michael Cera, Michael Zegen
producer Gigi Graff, Jacob Wasserman, Carlos Zozaya
production Hidden Content
sales Magnolia Pictures
language English
colouration colour
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