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November 17–22, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Most Beautiful Island

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Grand Jury Award
SXSW Film Fest
"Haunting... Anchored by [filmmaker Ana] Asensio's fearless and gripping performance, Most Beautiful Island directs an unflinching point of view toward an often invisible population"
  —Los Angeles Times
"[An] utterly spellbinding debut that transforms the immigrant experience into the stuff of an early Polanski psychodrama"
"There's much to admire about Most Beautiful Island, with its highly original spin on the immigrant survival story and its compelling protagonist"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"High-suspense, dread-infused... The movie's payoff is every bit as delicious as its build-up"
"An intense, sometimes claustrophobic allegory about the physical and moral pitfalls of the immigrant experience"
  —Film Journal International
"Asensio gives a striking performance"

Most Beautiful Island is an intimate look at one day in the life of Luciana (writer/director Ana Asensio), a young woman from Spain who is trying to begin a new life in New York City. While taking on random illegal jobs in order to pay her rent, she is struggling with the guilt from a tragic accident that happened back in her native country. One day she receives an offer to work at an exclusive party, for which she will get paid enough to get her through another month. However, what was not explained to her were the details of this dangerous party and before her day is done, she inadvertently finds herself a central participant in a cruel game where lives are placed at risk, psyches are twisted and broken for the perverse entertainment of a privileged few.

Most Beautiful Island is a psychological thriller about young immigrant woman struggling to make ends meet while striving to escape her past.

Directed by Ana Asensio, U.S.A., 2017, 80 mins.


  • Fri., Nov. 17 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Nov. 18 at 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Nov. 19 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Tues.–Wed., Nov. 21–22 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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