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Director: Isabel Sandoval

Staring: Isabel Sandoval, Lynn Cohen and Eamon Farren
USA, 2019, 89 minutes, English and Tagalog with Hebrew subtitles.

Festivals:
Venice Days 2019
BFI London Film Festival 2019
Busan International Film Festival 2019
Hamburg International Festival 2019
Thessaloniki Film Festival 2019

A powerful, independent drama that made history after being selected to the Venice film Festival 2019. It is not often that a movie, directed by, written by and starring a transgender woman is selected for one of the world’s biggest film festivals. The film follows Olivia, (Isabel Sandoval), an undocumented Filipino transwoman working and living in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn as a caregiver to Olga (Lynn Cohen), an elderly Russian woman. Olivia’s life gets more complicated when she meets Olga’s grandson, Alex. With the fear of deportation looming, Olivia must navigate her new relationship and find a way to stay in the country.