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Most Beautiful Island

Searing social realism with a bold genre twist.


Dir-Scr Ana Asensio
Prod Jenn Wexler, Chadd Harbold, Larry Fessenden, Noah Greenberg, Ana Asensio
With Ana Asensio, Natasha Romanova, Caprice Benedetti
UK Distribution Bulldog

A day in the life of an undocumented Spanish immigrant in New York is given the Grand Guignol treatment in this darkly compelling debut. Inspired by her own experiences, director-writer-producer Ana Asensio plays Luciana, a Spanish immigrant trying to build a life for herself in the Big Apple. With no social security number and thus no hope of a steady income, Luciana is forced to take work where she can, whether it’s babysitting privileged rich kids on the Upper East Side or sporting a sexy chicken costume to promote a tacky fast food joint. When her Russian friend Olga suggests a highly-paid, no-questions-asked mystery gig, Luciana is in no position to say no. But her concerns soon escalate. A veritable masterclass in mounting tension and insidious discomfort, Asensio expertly utilises genre conventions to heighten her dark – and often painfully sad – parable about exploitation and the American Dream.

Michael Blyth

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Ana Asensio, Director; Caprice Benedetti, Cast; Natasha Romanova, Cast; Joshua Youngerman, Cast

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