30.09. - 09.10.2021

Lingua Franca USA, Philippines 2019 | 95 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2019

Isabel Sandoval

ISABEL SANDOVAL comes from the Philippines and lives and works as producer, writer and director in New York. Her films Señorita (2011) and Apparition (2012) won several awards.

rated for 0 + years
Sensuous and provocative: Isabel Sandoval tells the astonishingly frank story of the political and sexual awakening of a disempowered woman. The Philippine transwoman Olivia lives under the radar of the authorities in the USA and looks after Olga, an elderly Russian lady, in Brooklyn. Olivia has already tried in vain everything she can to acquire legal residence status and now she is threatened with deportation. A marriage of convenience to Olga‘s grandson, a simple slaughterhouse worker, is the plan to get Olivia a green card, but genuine feelings of love ensue – the only problem being that not everyone involved knows that Olivia is transgender.

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Original title: Lingua Franca
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: English, Tagalog, Russian
Section: Transatlantic
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Isabel Sandoval
Screenplay: Isabel Sandoval
Cast: Isabel Sandoval, Eamon Farren, Lynn Cohen, Lev Gorn, Mark Nelson, P.J. Boudousqué, Shiloh Verrico, Ari Barkan, Ivory Aquino
Producer: Darlene Catly Malimas, Isabel Sandoval, Jhett Tolentino, Carlo Velayo
Director of Photography: Isaac Banks
Music: Teresa Barrozo
Production Design: Clint Ramos
Editor: Isabel Sandoval
Sound: 0
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Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Luxbox
Contact: Valentin Carré, Luxbox:


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