In 2016, “Die Beautiful” managed a rare feat in cinema: it became a favorite of both audiences and critics here and abroad — making it one of very few movies that ever managed to win international awards and become a blockbuster hit at the same time (the top-grosser of that year’s Metro Manila Film Festival).
After three years, its spin-off film, “Born Beautiful,” is in cinemas.
“If there’s a Marvel Universe, why can’t there be a Beautiful Universe?” quips ‘Born Beautiful’ director Perci Intalan. “There are so many fascinating and heartwarming stories based on the transgender experience and ‘Die Beautiful’ has proven that these stories are universal, you don’t have to be LGBTQ to appreciate it and be moved by it.”
“Born Beautiful” is about Trisha’s (Paolo Ballesteros) best friend, Barbs Cordero (Martin del Rosario). After Trisha’s suddent death, Barbs tries to go on with her life as a mortuary beautician at Happy Ending Funeral Homes. When another friend dies, Barbs tries to start a new life as a straight man named Bobby. And this triggers a chain of events that leads her to the arms of Trisha’s ex-boyfriend Michaelangelo, her own ex-boyfriend Greg and a woman that barges into her life to turn it upside down again.
The film was rated R-18 by the MTRCB and that is making viewers even more curious to see it.
“Born Beautiful” is written by “Die Beautiful” creator Jun Robles Lana and screenwriter Rody Vera with Elmer Gatchalian, Ivan Andrew Payawal and Fatrick Tabada. The film was produced by Cignal Entertainment, Octobertrain Films and The IdeaFirst Company.