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Isabel
Sandoval

On the limits of autobiography.
Words by Nathan Ma. Photograph by Sadie Culberson.

Filmmaker Isabel Sandoval works delicately, crafting lingering portraits of the love shared between her protagonists: a trans woman caring for a young boy in a small town, or an interracial couple eliding miscegenation laws during the Great Depression. Drawing from Almodóvar, Wong Kar-wai, Fassbinder and Bergman, Sandoval broke through in 2019 with Lingua Franca, a sensual, moving feature she wrote, directed and starred in. And she won a €10, 000 prize at this year’s Berlinale to produce her next film,

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