Transgender Filipina Isabel Sandoval wins best actress in Russian film fest | Inquirer Entertainment

Transgender Filipina Isabel Sandoval wins best actress in Russian film fest

/ 01:16 PM October 19, 2020

Movie poster for “Lingua Franca.” Image: Facebook/@linguafrancafilm

Filmmaker Isabel Sandoval bagged the best actress prize at the Pacific Meridian International Film Festival for her performance in “Lingua Franca.”

Sandoval, a transgender woman, wrote, produced, directed and starred in “Lingua Franca,” which tells the immigrant story of a trans Filipina in the United States.


Her win was announced on Saturday, Oct. 17, during the culmination of the film fest, which highlights cinema in the Asia-Pacific region.


Итак, 18 фестиваль «Меридианы Тихого» завершился. Итоги подведены, настало время их озвучить!⠀🎞️Гран-при за лучший…

Pacific Meridian 發佈於 2020年10月16日 星期五

Sandoval celebrated her win with an announcement on Twitter, posting a photo of her accepting the award via video call.

She also noted that her award was “a step towards [LGBTQ] acceptance” in Russia, citing Russian outlet Ozine who wrote that her win is “important in the context of Russian festival history considering that the jury was Russian.”


Authorities in Russia view gay rights as a threat to “traditional values” and have made attacks against the gay community, such as arresting men who opt to have surrogate mothers for their babies, The Guardian reported on Thursday, Oct. 15.

“Lingua Franca” is set to premiere in the Philippines through Cinema ’76 Film Society on Nov. 6. JB


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