Lingua Franca is about an undocumented Filipino transwoman, Olivia (Isabel Sandoval) who works as a caregiver in Brooklyn to an old lady with dimentia, Olga (Lynn Cohenn). When Olivia’s desperate measure to secure a legal status falls apart, she becomes romantically involved with Olga’s adult grandson Alex (Eamon Farren) who is not aware she is a transwoman.
The film premiered at the 76th Venice Film Festival (Venice Days) last year and went to a few A-list international film festivals including Busan, Hamburg, Hawaii, AFI Fest, Palm Springs, Stockholm, Thessaloniki, Copenhagen, Vancouver, Bentonville, to name a few. It became the first film directed by a Filipino director nominated for Best Film at BFI London in its 63-year history. It also won the Grand Prix at the 25th Cheries Cheris International Film Festival in Paris last November. It is now in its 6th week in cinemas all over France.