Dir: Eduardo W. Roy Jr / Philippines / 2013 / Colour / 98 mins / Tagalog-English
Synopsis: Girls in Manila’s transgender community make their living by competing at beauty pageants or performing in talent shows. Their looks are all they have. “You’ll be beautiful and it won’t even hurt” is what Dorina promises dozens of her clients. Decked out in the eccentric and colourful costumes of the show there’s no sign of the earlier injections into their cheeks, nose, lips, breasts, hips and behind. Dorina, who is herself transgender and unhappily in love with a dancer named Uno, knows her art well – and her illegal business. Until one day the dark side of this artificially created beauty comes to light. With documentary precision and breathtaking speed, the film explores the harsh world of a community obsessed with beauty and with improving their chances of a career. Filmed at real locations using a hand-held camera, the film portrays a society dancing madly but vulnerably on a volcano.
CAST & CREW
Direction & Screenplay Eduardo Roy Jr.
Production Ferdinand Lapuz
Cinematography Dan Villegas
Editing Fiona Borres
Music Teressa Barroso
Cast Mimi Juareza, Jun-Jun Quitana, Miggs Cuaderno, Natashia Yumi
Awards / Festivals
- Fribourg International Film Festival
- Berlin International Film Festival
- Prague International Film Festival