Director: Isabel Sandoval
Runtime: 89 minutes
Country: USA/ Philippines
Language: English, Cebuano, Tagalog, Russian with English subtitles
Isabel Sandoval wrote, directed, produced, edited, and starred in her breakout Lingua Franca, the story of a trans and undocumented Filipina home health aid, Olivia (Sandoval), who is trying to secure legal status to work in the U.S., leading to a fraught romance with her client’s grandson, Alex. Real news clips and audio clips of Trumpism mark the film’s timing and ratchet up the pressure. In this film, Sandoval, the “Queen of Sensual Cinema”, develops her trademark close-ups and focus on gestures while providing incredibly insightful tensions between Alex’s savior complex and Olivia’s fears.
This film is featured in the strand A Bold Gaze, part of the Constellating Histories: Encountering Asian American Diasporas Onscreen programme. For the full programme lineup please click here.
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