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‘Lingua Franca’ gets a nomination from US-based Indie Spirit Awards — 30.1.2021

Scene from Lingua Franca

It caps a phenomenal run for ‘Lingua Franca,’” said director Isabel Sandoval of the nomination that her full-length feature has received from the organizers of the upcoming 36th Film Independent Spirit Awards in California, United States.

“Lingua Franca,” about an undocumented trans Filipino caregiver who pursues a marriage to obtain a green card, will be competing for the John Cassavetes Award with four other indie movies. The recognition is given to the best feature made for under $500,000, according to

“I’m beyond ecstatic for the nomination. It’s a testament to the hard work of the cast and crew and the partners who believed in the film (like TBA Studios and Frontrow Entertainment). The nomination puts a spotlight on diasporic Philippine filmmaking, which I’d like to think is an emergent genre, or shall we say, ‘region’ in Philippine cinema,” said New York-based filmmaker Isabel in an email sent to Inquirer Entertainment.

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