11/25/2017 22:00 – Murnau-Filmtheater

Philippines 2016 120 min original version with English subtitles
German premiere

by Jun Robles Lana

Script: Jun Robles Lana, DoP: Carlo Mendoza, Editor: Benjamin Tolentino, Production: Octobertrain Films, Producer: Jun Robles Lana, Ferdinand Lapuz, Cast: Paolo Ballesteros, Joel Torre, Gladys Reyes , Christian Bables

Trisha, a Filipino transgender woman suddenly dies while being crowned in a beauty pageant. Her last wish is to be presented as a different celebrity on each night of her wake, but her conservative father wants to bury her as a man. Trisha’s friends are left with no choice but to steal her body and hold the wake in a secret location. And as Trisha is transformed to look like different celebrities, they also look back at the colorful and extraordinary life that she has led – from being a son, a sister, a mother, a friend, a lover, a wife and ultimately, a queen.

“Paolo Ballesteros shines as Trisha, whose portrayal is both energetic and subdued. The funny moments between Trisha and her bestfriend never felt gimmicky. And the dramatic moments felt dignified. Bables’ moving performance as Barbs, at times, even outshines Ballesteros’.” (Film Police)

Jun Robles Lana was born in 1972 in Makati City, Philippines. He is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Communication Arts. His first indie film BWAKAW won several international awards and was screened at Toronto, New York and Tokyo film festivals and was the Philippines’ Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film in 2012. Also BARBER’S TALES andd SHADOW BEHIND THE MOON won several prizes. DIE BEAUTIFUL has received 13 wins and 14 nominations so far.

Axel Estein


11/25/2017 22:00 – Murnau-Filmtheater

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