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 Films Issue 28 Archive: Grace Kelly Actress, princess, icon, enigma: Understanding Hollywood’s “snow-covered volcano.” Films Issue 29 André Aciman Charles Shafaieh meets the Proust scholar who wrote Call Me By Your Name. Films Issue 30 Teyonah Parris What does it take to get on Barry Jenkins’ call sheet? Candice Frederick speaks to the woman who knows. Films Issue 30 John Waters A conversation with the world’s most audacious bad-tastemaker. Films Issue 31 Lukas Dhont The Girl director discusses the language of dance. Films Issue 33 Desiree Akhavan The Iranian-American filmmaker bringing her “weird and sexy” stories—and her parents—to set.