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High school. No two words evoke more divergent memories, ranging from fantasies of an invincible, eternal youth, to the cringe-worthy personal decisions and humiliations that continue to haunt us years later. In her funny and moving YOU WERE MY FIRST BOYFRIEND, director Cecilia Aldarondo uses cinema as a time machine, a way to both remember her teenage self and, using fictional present-day recreations, to experience being young all over again. An act of self-examination and forgiveness, YOU WERE MY FIRST BOYFRIEND is a film for anyone who wants the chance to live it all just one more time.
Q&A with co-directors Cecilia Aldarondo and Sarah Enid Hagey, and subject Gabriel Kristal to follow both screenings.
New Jersey Films Competition
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