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ROTTING IN THE SUN Trailer: Sebastián Silva Tackles Filmmaking & Self-Obsession in Meta Comedy

One film that shocked the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year was Sebastián Silva’s Rotting In The Sun, with its graphic, unsimulated gay sex scenes and full-frontal male nudity. But the Chilean filmmaker’s newest film goes much deeper than all of that. Silva stars as a version of himself who meets social media star Jordan Firstman (played by himself), who suggests they work on a project together. From there, things get wilder and more perplex. It also stars Catalina Saavedra who dominated the screen in Silva’s 2009 film The Maid. Mubi released the official trailer before its theatrical release on September 8.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Sebastián Silva is depressed. When he’s not sleeping, the filmmaker is taking absurd amounts of ketamine and searching the internet for painless suicide methods. In an attempt to snap him out of it, his manager sends him on vacation to a nude gay beach. There, he almost dies trying to save social media influencer Jordan Firstman from drowning. The over-the-top Jordan wants to collaborate on a series, but Sebastián is resistant until a network shows interest. When Jordan arrives in Sebastián’s Mexico City studio to get to work but can’t find him anywhere, he begins to suspect that the put-upon housekeeper, Vero (Catalina Saavedra), knows more than she’s letting on.

Rotting In The Sun arrives in theaters on September 8. See the trailer and poster below.

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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