Isabel Sandoval is a Filipina filmmaker and actress who lives in the United States. She directed the films '' Aparisyon'' and ''Lingua Franca (film), Lingua Franca''.

Early life and education

Sandoval was born in 1982 in Cebu City in the Philippines.Clarisse Fabre,
« Brooklyn Secret » : une migrante transgenre au pays de Donald Trump
, July 1, 2020, ''Le Monde''
She graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Carlos, then moved to New York City. There, she earned an MBA from New York University's New York University Stern School of Business, Stern School of Business. She Transition (transgender), transitioned in 2014.Eugene S. Robinson,
How Making a Film Led Isabel Sandoval to Come Out as Trans
, October 19, 2020, ''OZY''


In 2011, Sandoval directed ''Señorita'', a film about a trans woman working on a political campaign and raising a young boy. She played the film's protagonist, though she was not out as trans at the time, and has said that the role helped her realize her identity.Rito P. Asilo,
Trans woman of substance
, November 23, 2020, ''Philippine Daily Inquirer''
Jen Yamato,
Introducing Isabel Sandoval: The ‘Lingua Franca’ filmmaker on her indie drama
, September 7, 2020, ''Los Angeles Times''
Dino-Ray Ramos,
‘Lingua Franca’ Director Isabel Sandoval Is “Seizing The Opportunity” To Showcase Filipino Narratives
, August 25, 2020, ''Deadline''
In 2012, she directed the film '' Aparisyon'' (''Apparition''), about a convent of nuns in a remote area of the Philippines in 1971, just before the declaration of martial law by Ferdinand Marcos.Jeannette Catsoulis,
In ‘Apparition,’ a Philippine Drama, Nuns Face Civil Strife
, July 9, 2013, ''New York Times''
Apparition (Aparisyon): Busan Review
, October 7, 2012, ''Hollywood Reporter''
In these first two films, she was credited as Vincent Sandoval. In 2019, she directed the film ''Lingua Franca (film), Lingua Franca'', which she shot in 16 days in Brooklyn, New York, starring herself, Eamon Farren and Lynn Cohen.Angelique Jackson,
‘Lingua Franca’ Filmmaker Isabel Sandoval Signs With CAA (EXCLUSIVE)
, February 16, 2021, ''Variety''
In the film, Sandoval plays an undocumented Filipina trans woman who falls in love with the adult grandson of the elderly woman for whom she is working as a caregiver. Sandoval became the first out trans woman of color to compete at the Venice Film Festival when ''Lingua Franca'' premiered there.Erica Gonzales,
Director Isabel Sandoval Wants to Shed Light on Invisible Women
, February 24, 2021, ''Harper's Bazaar''
Carole Horst,
Immigration and Transgender Issues Fuel Isabel Sandoval’s Drama ‘Lingua Franca’
, August 26, 2020, ''Variety''
The film won the award for best narrative feature at the Bentonville Film Festival, and was released by ARRAY and streamed on Netflix. Sandoval was named Best Actress at the 18th International Cinephile Society Awards, and at the Pacific Meridian International Film Festival. In 2021, Sandoval wrote and directed ''Shangri-La'' (filmed in two months), a short film commissioned by the Miu Miu Women's Tales project which asks female directors to examine "femininity in the 21st century", releasing it in February 2021.Sophie Shaw,
Filmmaker Isabel Sandoval Explores Forbidden Love in Miu Miu Tales' New Short Film
, February 23,2021, ''L'Officiel''
Like ''Lingua Franca'', ''Shangri-La'' deals with forbidden love and racial prejudice. The same year, she signed with Creative Artists Agency. Sandoval is also developing a drama for FX (TV channel), FX, ''Vespertine'', and a film, ''Tropical Gothic'', about the haunting of a Spanish conquistador in the 16th century Philippines. In March 2021, ''Tropical Gothic'' won the VFF talent highlight award at the Berlinale, worth 10,000 Euro, euros towards its production.Michael Rosser,
Annemarie Jacir’s ‘The Oblivion Theory’ wins Berlinale Co-Production Market award
, March 3, 2021, ''Screen Daily''


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