In Ana Asensio‘s under-the-radar SXSW festival title Most Beautiful Island, an undocumented woman struggling in NYC is offered an opportunity she can’t refuse, but soon discovers she’s involved in a dangerous game.
Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have quietly released the award-winning psychological thriller that our very own Trace Thurman called “chilling”, applauding it as a “powerful debut.” It’s now playing in theaters across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Cleveland, Columbus, Orlando, Detroit, and Minneapolis.
The film stars Ana Asensio (Planta 25), Natasha Romanova (Welcome To New York), David Little (TV’s “Law & Order”), Nicholas Tucci (You’re Next), Larry Fessenden (In a Valley of Violence, Southbound), and Caprice Benedetti (The Devil’s Advocate) and was produced by Fessenden’s prolific New York indie shingle, Glass Eye Pix.
“Most Beautiful Island is a psychological thriller set in the world of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in New York City.
“Shot on Super 16mm with an intimate, voyeuristic sensibility, MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND chronicles one harrowing day in the life of Luciana, a young immigrant woman struggling to make ends meet while striving to escape her past. As Luciana’s day unfolds, she is whisked, physically and emotionally, through a series of troublesome and unforeseeable extremes. Before her day is done, she inadvertently finds herself a central participant in a cruel game where lives are placed at risk, and psyches are twisted and broken for the perverse entertainment of a privileged few.”