Isabel Sandoval wins Best Actress for 'Lingua Franca' in Pacific Meridian International Film Festival

Isabel Sandoval, who wrote, directed, and starred in Lingua Franca won Best Actress for her role in the film at the 18th Pacific Meridian International Film Festival in Russia over the weekend.

Isabel announced the good news on Twitter Saturday, October 17. "I just won Best Actress for LINGUA FRANCA in Russia! Here I am on video thanking the jury at the 18th Pacific Meridian Int’l Film Festival."

The Best Actress award is the latest for Isabel's movie.

The film recently won the top prize Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2020 Bentonville Film Festival, an American festival that highlights stories told by minority voices in entertainment, such as the LGBTQ+ community, women, and people with disabilities.

Lingua Franca is about a Filipina trans woman and undocumented immigrant worker who works as a caregiver as she tries to secure a green card. In the process, she meets a slaughterhouse worker named Alex, with whom she falls in love.

The movie is currently streaming on Netflix, except in the Philippines. It will be premiering in the Philippines at Cinema ’76 Film Society on November 6, 2020, according to local distributor TBA Studios. –