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, This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-One Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Films Music Issue 42 Peer Review Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat pays homage to the iconic Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum. Films Issue 41 Mike Leigh The remarkable director discusses starting from nothing, over and over again. Films Issue 36 Phillip Youmans The 20-year-old director talks to Sharine Taylor about walking the tightrope between teen prodigy and award-winning filmmaker. Films Issue 33 Desiree Akhavan The Iranian-American filmmaker bringing her “weird and sexy” stories—and her parents—to set. Films Issue 49 Ruben Östlund Crude, contrary—and killing it: Meet the auteur of awkwardness. Films Issue 49 Mamoudou Athie The shape-shifting actor is on a roll.