Official Selection


by Isabel Sandoval
United States, Philippines, 2019, 94', color, DCP
Screenplay: Isabel Sandoval
Wednesday 28 August 2019
14:00 Sala Perla Press, Industry
Friday 06 September 2019
17:00 Sala Perla Tickets, All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
Saturday 07 September 2019
21:30 Cinema Rossini Tickets
Saturday 07 September 2019
21:30 IMG Cinemas Candiani - Mestre Tickets

Isaac Banks
Isabel Sandoval
Teresa Barrozo
Albert Michael Idioma
production design
Clint Ramos
Maxwell Nalevansky
Clint Ramos
Kate Fry

Isabel Sandoval
Eamon Farren
Lynn Cohen
Lev Gorn
Ivory Aquino
PJ Boudousque

Jhett Tolentino
Carlo Velayo
Darlene Malimas
Isabel Sandoval
Jerome Kerkman
7107 Entertainment
Cecilia Mejia
Jeremiah Abraham

with the support of
New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
New York Foundation for the Arts
Tribeca Film Institute
US in Progress Paris
in association with
Front Row Entertainment
TBA Studios

world sales

press office
The PR Factory
Barbara Van Lombeek

Olivia, an undocumented Filipina immigrant paranoid about deportation, works as a caregiver to a Russian Jewish grandmother in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When the American man she's secretly paying for a green-card marriage backs out, she becomes involved with the old woman's nephew, Alex, a slaughterhouse worker who is unaware that she's transgender. When Alex's machismo is threatened upon discovering her transgender status, he finds himself weaponizing her immigration anxieties to emotionally brutalize Olivia.



2019 Lingua Franca 
2012 Aparisyon (Apparition)
2011 Seņorita

Isabel Sandoval is a New York-based filmmaker whom The Museum of Modern Art has recognized as a "rarity among the young generation of Filipino filmmakers." She has produced, written and directed three fiction features, including Señorita (2011), which premiered in competition at Locarno. Her follow-up, Apparition (2012), premiered at the Busan International Film Festival and won awards in Hawaii and Deauville. Lingua Franca is her third feature. She is in development on her fourth, "Park Avenue," slated for production in 2020.

"A frisson of sensual languor charges Lingua Franca's every frame, the sly undercurrent powering its narrative: two lovers on the proverbial lam from a fraught milieu that is politically and spiritually frayed. It's a hushed, delicately stealthy piece, where the silences are more telling than spoken words, and the subtle, nearly imperceptible wisps of feeling cut more deeply than explosions of emotion. Intimacy veers warily between intoxication and claustrophobia as the lovers negotiate a pas de deux of surrender and control, set against the backdrop of deportation raids in modern-day America." [Isabel Sandoval]

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