Lingua franca

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Title: Lingua franca
Direction: Isabel Sandoval
Cast: Isabel Sandoval, Eamon Farren, Ivory Aquino, PJ Boudousque, Lev Gorn, Lynn Cohen
Production: Jhett Tolentino, Carlo Velayo, Darlene Catly Malimas, Isabel Sandoval
Distribution: Luxbox
Genre: Drama
Duration: 95’
Country: USA, The Philippines
Year: 2019

Festivals: Bologna (Gender Bender, LGBT), Bratislava (LGBT), Bussan, Ginebra (Everybody’s Perfect, LGBT), Goa, Hamburgo, Helsinki (Vinokino, LGBT), Londres (BFI), Melbourne (LGBT), Mons (Bélgica), Palm Spring, París (Chéries, chéris, LGBT), Tesalónica, Venecia, Wrocław (Poland, cine americano)

First showing in Spain

Olivia, an undocumented Filipino transwoman paranoid about deportation, works as a caregiver to Olga, a Russian-Jewish grandmother, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When Olivia runs out of options to attain legal status in the US – the American man she’s secretly paying for a green card marriage backs out –, she becomes romantically involved with Alex, Olga’s adult grandson, in the pursuit of a marriage-based green card.