Biography: Gisela Savdie is a Colombian critic, writer, and artist based out of Miami. For twelve years she has been reviewing films for El Heraldo in Barranquilla, Colombia, and for Letra Urbana, an online magazine in Miami, covering the Cannes Film Festival and the Miami Film Festival annually, as well as Sundance and Toronto Film festivals on multiple occasions. Prior to her career as a critic, Savdie was a renowned dental surgeon, authoring multiple articles and a textbook on the subject. For this, she was recognized as an Alien of Extraordinary Abilities which earned her US Citizenship in 2007. She then refocused her attention on her longtime passion for art, film, and writing, self-publishing Labradores de Sueños, a photography and poetry book about the carnival of Colombia, and writing and directing two short films, Manicura and DonYoni. Savdie is a Rotten Tomatoes Approved Critic, is on the board of the Miami Beach Film Society, and a member of the Florida Film Critics Circle. For the past two years has served as a Jury for the Critics Award at the Miami International Film Festival, and the Gen Z Critics Contest.
Favorite Films: Blue Velvet, Talk to Her, Pulp Fiction, Fanny and Alexander, In the Mood for Love, Fear Eats the Soul, Lost in Translation, The Piano, Rashomon, Tokyo Story, Amour, 8 1/2, and Boyhood
Favorite TV Shows: Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad, Escobar, The Handmaid’s Tale, and In Treatment