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The Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase presents Director Ana Asensio, who will appear for a Q+A with the audience following the opening night screening of her film MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27.
Ana Asensio is an international actor, writer, and director from Spain, currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Her first feature film as a writer/director, Most Beautiful Island won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2017 and it is nominated for the John Cassavetes Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards 2018. Asensio’s film credits as actor include: The Afterlight by Craig Macneill and Alexei Kaleina, The Archive by Oscar winning director Ethan Spiglan; Zenith by Vladan Nikolic; and, the HBO short film Betty La Flaca by Hugo Perez. Asensio’s has produced and performed in three contemporary one-woman shows and toured them around the world. She has worked on Spanish TV drama series, directed contemporary plays and adapted a best seller Spanish novel into a one-woman show (awarded in 2013).
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.