Lingua Franca

SYNOPSIS

Olivia, an undocumented Filipino immigrant terrified of being deported, works as a caregiver for an elderly Russian Jewish woman in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When the American who was paying to marry him and get a green card backs out, she has an affair with Alex, a man who works in a slaughterhouse. After having been in the dark about it, Alex discovers that Olivia is transgender. Threatened by his machismo, the man begins to emotionally brutalize Olivia, fuelling her fears as a migrant.

Direction

Isabel Sandoval

Running Time

95'

Nationality

Philippines

Year

2019

Award

Honorable Mention Divergenti 2020

REGIA

Isabel Sandoval

PREMIO

Honorable Mention Divergenti 2020

NAZIONALITร 

Philippines

DURATA

95'

ANNO

2019

jury comment

"A love story in the politically corrupt environment of Trumpian America that breaks down stereotypes, new authoritarianism and normative fears. A movie that is impressive for the extraordinary psychological and poetic adhesion between cine-photographic aesthetics and the body of the protagonist-actress."

Pittogramma-Big

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