Director: Kerem Sanga
Runtime: 91 min
Festival year: 2016
[This] is not a past tense high school film—all the emotions and revelations register intensely in the moment. A startling, sumptuous subversion of queer coming-of-age tropes. – FilmMisery
The Audience Award: NEXT Winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, First Girl I Loved is an achingly realistic portrayal of three Latinx high school students living through the everyday—yet pivotal and intractable—moments of adolescence that push them into adulthood.
Quirky high school yearbook photographer Anne Santos (Dylan Gelula, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) becomes enamoured with popular all-star athlete Sasha Basanez (Brianna Hildebrand, Deadpool), and will do anything to get Sasha’s attention. But when Anne’s best friend, Clifton (Mateo Arias), wants more than friendship, he commits a terrible sexual violation.
Known for his casting aptitude and ability to showcase the lives of “real people,” writer/director Kerem Sanga gives us a no-holds-barred offering that underscores the incredible maturity required to survive high school.
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