Most Beautiful Island
The fourth (and final) film in Ragtag's Homebrewed Series is Most Beautiful Island.
After a devastating personal tragedy in her home country, Luciana flees to New York City, piecing together an undocumented life of odd jobs and decrepit apartments. When her friend gives her a lead on a gig Luciana enters into the strange depths of the city literally becoming a player in a deadly game of nightmarish proportions. Shot with a masterful, lush eye on 16mm film, the aura of the city emerges, an organism teeming with lives seen and unseen. Part genre thriller (think Reservoir Dogs) and part social issue thriller (think Get Out), Most Beautiful Island exposes the surreal lengths some go to for opportunity. A startling debut feature equally as powerful as it is edge-of-seat entertaining.
"A short, stressful, and utterly spellbinding debut that transforms the immigrant experience into the stuff of an early Polanski psychodrama... a worthy winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Prize for best narrative feature, and — more importantly — strong evidence of a cinematic juggernaut in the making." (David Ehrlich, Indiewire)