IFC Films releases Crystal Fairy at the IFC Center on July 12th, 2013.
NYC MOVIE GURU: Do you think it's fair to classify Crystal Fairy in one particular genre?
Sebastián Silva: I never think that it's really fair unless a movie gets made from the beginning as a genre movie. To classify a movie with a genre like that, it frames it unfairly. I think that Crystal Fairy is a road trip comedy, though. People are laughing more than they're crying or being horrified. It's the most comedic movie I've ever made.
NYC MOVIE GURU: How do you come up with the imaginative opening credits sequence?
SS: It's done by the same guy I've worked with in all of my movies: Pablo Gonzále. He has this little boutique design production company in Chile called Smog. I kind of left it up to him. I told him I wanted something sober, but fun and a little old-fashioned. He came up with those animated credits. The music is so epic and it seems that you're going to watch a really big movie, but then the movie is so tiny. At first, we were thinking about doing something with crystals and we went through crazy brainstorming and then he proposed that and I loved it.
NYC MOVIE GURU: How important do you think it is to take risks as a filmmaker? How challenging is it to be original?
SS: I never want to find myself repeating stuff or quoting myself or being trapped into a formulaic way of making movies. I think it's very dangerous and easy for something like that to happen. So, I really like taking risks and, in Crystal Fairy, for instance, I've never done a movie without a screenplay. It was the first time that I went out only with an outline. Even though it was detailed, it was only an outline. It's good to have a fear of failure, I think. It keeps you awake and keeps you creative. It's really important not to feel so self-confident and to challenge yourself with things that you don't know or even genres that you don't know. I would like to eventually make a movie about cars chasing each other and see what happens. It would totally suck, but then I would be really content with a failure like that. It's not that you want to be original just for the sake of being original. It comes with the package. In terms of storytelling, I just want to share some stories, feelings and insights and they just happen to be original. I'm not sitting there thinking, "How can I be original?" It's not really what you do, but how you do it.
NYC MOVIE GURU: Michael, how important is it for you to take risks as an actor?
Michael Cera: It's never really a consideration when I'm finding a job. That's not how I'm drawn to things. For me it's more about the people that I'm collaborating with. I've never said "No" to something because it was a risk that I was afraid of. I haven't found a risk that I was afraid of, yet, but I'm sure they're out there.
NYC MOVIE GURU: What inspired your character's big hairdo in the film?
MC: That's just what my hair was like at the time. In Chile, I was just not cutting it.
SS: We never talked about it, but at some point we were like, "What are we going to do about the hair?" and we were like, "No, leave it." It was great hair.