With the threat of the pandemic still lurking everywhere, staying at home is still the simplest and most effective way to help fight the virus. Luckily, online streaming giant Netflix is ever-present to keep us occupied and entertained while we are in quarantine!
Over the course of the lockdown period, Netflix has been constantly updating its content by adding award-winning Filipino films on its lineup to suit consumers. The most recent ones are movies from Viva Communications, Regal Films, TBA Studios, and The IdeaFirst Company. (Read: Pamilya Ordinaryo, Lola Igna, other indie films to premiere on Netflix)
In addition to its growing list of Filipino films, Netflix has premiered the award-winning film Lingua Franca today, August 26! This piece by New York-based filmmaker Isabel Sandoval has been widely acknowledged in the international film industry, it has already won numerous recognitions—the most recent one being the “Best Narrative Feature” award at the Bentonville Film Festival!
Lingua Franca is not only written and directed by Isabel, it also features her as the actress who plays Olivia—the lead character in the movie!
The film follows Olivia, a Filipino transgender immigrant in New York, who gets into a romantic relationship with a Russian-Jewish slaughterhouse worker. The catch, he does not know her true identity! The story unfolds along with the issues surrounding Olivia’s relationship, identity, and civil rights that lead immigration to threaten her residence. (Read: 3 Compelling Films by Cinemalaya Best Film Director Carla Ocampo)
Lingua Franca first premiered internationally as one of the 11 films competing in last year’s Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori), the independent section that runs alongside the Venice Film Festival. On August 16, 2020, the film went on to win the “Best Narrative Feature” category at the Bentonville Film Festival.