The trailer for Most Beautiful Island, the psychological horror/thriller just landed. The film follows a young immigrant woman who’s struggling to live above poverty in the bustling city of New York. She decides to take a modelling gig for a friend, and discovers a seedy underbelly lurks. This film looks like a cross between Hunger Games and Eli Roth’s Hostel. But even with the Hollywood-sized horrors, this film has been receiving festival acclaim because of the very true to life journey of our protagonist’s story.
In a conversation with EW, Asa Arsenio who stars, wrote, and directed the film – discussed the themes and her real-life inspirations:
The story was drawn from my own experiences as a young Spanish immigrant in New York City. We shot the film on super 16mm which was both a dream and an enormous challenge to accomplish due to our tight schedule and limited budget. I chose to shoot the film in an intimate, voyeuristic way, mixing professional actors with non-actors in improvised and fluid scenarios. Being an actor myself, it was crucial for me to make sure the performers received the necessary information about the roles they were playing while giving them freedom to improvise. This freedom helped tremendously in achieving the spontaneity and realism I wanted for the film.
An illegal immigrant struggling to begin a new life in New York City is offered a great opportunity, but as day turns to night, she discovers she’s been lured into a dangerous game.
Most Beautiful Island stars Arsenio as Luciana. The film costars Natasha Romanova, David Little, Nicholas Tucci, Larry Fessenden, Caprice Benedetti.
Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films released Most Beautiful Island in select cities on November 3rd. Catch the trailer, above.