Winner of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Next Audience Award
High school misfit Anne falls in love with Sasha, the beautiful star of the softball team. When Anne tells her best friend Clifton about her new crush, his jealousy threatens more than just the girls' budding romance.
Dylan Gelula (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) deliver stunning performances in this earnest and sweet look at burgeoning love from writer-director Kerem Sanga, whose previous film The Young Kieslowski won the audience award at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival.
"A woozy and wonderful queer teen romance... Dylan Gelula gives a revelatory performance in a film that suggests we're in for a new wave of teen cinema." INDIEWIRE
"A sensitive exploration of sexual identity... "First Girl I Loved" is a sophisticated and complex teenage coming of age story. " THE PLAYLIST
"First Girl I Loved never gets bogged down in melodrama. It's a kind film - heartfelt and empathetic." COLLIDER
"Dylan Gelula is - there's no other word for it - a revelation... I've never been a gay girl, or even a gay boy, but at the stirring denouement of the film, I was crying my eyes out. " PASTE
"Sexual disorientation in high school makes for movie brilliance... Sanga creatively employs a swirl of text messages,voice-overs, baseball signalsand other linguistic modes to beautifully illustrate the jumble of thoughts cascading through young minds." TORONTO STAR
"First Girl I Loved Plays With the Meaning of Words - and How They're Delivered ... All language, it seems, is flexible - both in the world of the film and in how it communicates with its audience. And some things are hard to put into words." VULTURE