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The well-deserved adulation for “Die Beautiful” has not died yet.

Two years after its theatrical release, Jun Robles Lana’s comedy-drama movie is still winning awards abroad. This time, the movie bagged the best feature prize at the Newcastle International Film Festival (NIFF) recently held in the United Kingdom.

The film revolves around a Filipino transgender woman named Trisha Echevarria, whose last wish is to be presented as a different celebrity on each night of her wake. It won local and international trophies, with box-office earnings of P120 million back in 2016 as an official entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Its lead actor, Paolo Ballesteros, also won Best Actor at the Tokyo International Film Festival where the movie had premiered. The movie is still playing in Japan until now, Lana said.

Die Beautiful’s UK distributor, Oration Films, submitted the movie to the Newcastle fest, which aims to provide “a unique platform for the industry to showcase excellence in filmmaking.” Its coproducer Perci Intalan was in London at the time of the fest, but he wasn’t able to stay until the awards ceremony.

Meanwhile, the movie’s television series spin-off titled Born Beautiful, will air on Cignal TV in May.


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