The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela

Ólaf de Fleur Jóhannesson

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DIRECTOR Ólaf de Fleur Jóhannesson
PRODUCER Ólafur Jóhannesson, Arleen Cuevas, Helgi Sverrisson, Stefan C. Schaefer
DOP Butch Maddul
SCRIPT Ólafur Jóhannesson
SOUND Gunnar Árnason
MUSIC Pavel E. Smid
EDITOR Ólafur Jóhannesson, Dagur Kári
CO-PRODUCER Kristín Andrea Þórðadóttir, Guðni Páll Sæmundsson, Birgitte Skov, Claus Thobo-Carlsen
RELEASE 2008
LENGTH 80
GENRE Drama
CAST Raquela Rios, Stefan C. Schaefer, Vala Grand, Brax Villa, Via Galudo

Synopsis

Raquela is a transsexual-or "ladyboy"-from the Philippines who dreams of escaping the streets of Cebu City for a fairy tale life in Paris. In order to make her dreams come true, she turns from prostitution toward the more lucrative business of Internet porn. Her success as a porn star brings new friends, including Valerie, a ladyboy in Iceland, and Michael, the owner of the website Raquela works for. Valerie helps Raquela get as far as Iceland. From there, Michael offers her a rendezvous in Paris. Will Paris be everything she dreamed of? And will Michael turn out to be her Prince Charming?

Director

Olaf de Fleur studied physics in Reykjavik, graduating in 1995. Since then he has participated in numerous film projects, including both feature and documentary films. After working for two years for a production company, focusing primarily on TV documentaries, he founded the independent production company Poppoli Pictures. Headed by Johannesson as director and producer, the team created Blindsker that won the "Best Documentary" in the Icelandic Film Awards 2004 and Africa United that won the same prize in 2005.

Honors

Berlin International Film Festival, 2008 - Award: Teddy Award for best picture / New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2008 - Award: Best Foreign Narrative Feature. Vanguard Award / Cinemanila International Film Festival, 2008 - Award: Grand Jury Prize.
 

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