Filipina filmmaker Isabel Sandoval’s “Brooklyn Secret” to premiere in France on July 1

Filmmaker Isabel Sandoval’s movie “Lingua Franca” was one of the movies celebrated at Frameline Film Festival’s pride showcase this past weekend.

Born and raised in Cebu, the writer-director-actress graduated summa cum laude in college and pursued her master’s degree in media and entertainment at New York University.

Her movie premiered in Hollywood late last year at the American Film Institute Festival.

The movie is being released as “Brooklyn Secret” in French cinemas this July 1.

Sandoval has spoken before about how the film echoed her own anxiety as a trans-woman immigrant living under Trump’s administration.

The movie is produced by a group of international filmmakers including Fil-Am Broadway producer Jhett Tolentino.

“I wanted to do something different. Of course on paper para syang it’s a gritty, super-realistic Filipino drama na it’s just a series of unfortunate events na we’re used to seeing when it comes na mga pelikulang Pilipino na napapalabas sa international film festivals. So based on that premise inject a certain kind of lyricism or poetry or sensuality… we could show international audiences that there’s a different kind of Filipino film.”

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