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    Lingua Franca

    Directed by Isabel Sandoval
    USA/Philippines | 95 minutes | Queer Cinema Today

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    Lingua Franca

    Directed by Isabel Sandoval
    USA/Philippines | 95 minutes | Queer Cinema Today

  • View Trailer

    Lingua Franca

    Directed by Isabel Sandoval
    USA/Philippines | 95 minutes | Queer Cinema Today

An unexpected romance between an undocumented Filipina trans woman working as a caretaker for an elderly Jewish woman and the woman’s black-sheep grandson blossoms in Brooklyn amid ICE raids in this heartfelt, timely and semi-autobiographical film written, produced, directed, edited and starring Isabel Sandoval.

Schedule

January 8, 2020 7:30 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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January 9, 2020 10:30 AM Camelot Theatres (PS Cultural Center) Tickets not available
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January 10, 2020 6:00 PM Mary Pickford is D'Place Tickets not available
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film synopsis

With her third feature, filmmaker Isabel Sandoval delivers impressive turns both behind and in front of the camera in this heartfelt and semi-autobiographical docudrama. Olivia (Sandoval), an undocumented trans woman from the Philippines, works as a caretaker for an elderly Russian Jewish woman named Olga (Sex and the City’s Lynn Cohen) in Brooklyn, financially supporting both herself and her family back home. When the man she’s paying to marry her for a green card begins showing cold feet, Olivia’s all-consuming fear of deportation escalates dramatically. But her life takes an unexpected turn when a romantic connection starts to blossom with Olga’s black sheep grandson Alex (Twin Peaks: The Return’s Eamon Farren). With ICE raids perpetually hovering in the background, Lingua Franca takes a sobering, timely look at the anxieties and fears that plague both immigrants and transgender people in the U.S. today.

film details

Director: Isabel Sandoval
Producers: Jhett Tolentino, Carlo Velayo, Darlene C Malinas, Isabel Sandoval
Screenwriter: Isabel Sandoval
Cinematographers: Isaac Banks
Editor: Isabel Sandoval
Cast: Isabel Sandoval, Eamon Farren, Ivory Aquino, PJ Boudousque, Lev Gorn
Country: USA/Philippines
Language: in English, Russian and Tagalog with English subtitles
Year: 2019
Running Time: 95 minutes
Director Filmography: Apparition (2012), Señorita (2011)
Primary Company: Luxbox

guests in attendance

Writer/director/actor Isabel Sandoval is expected to be in attendance on January 8, 9, and 10.

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