#MMFF2016: The Many Faces of Paolo Ballesteros in Jun Lana’s “Die Beautiful”

Known worldwide for his make-up transformation, actor and host Paolo Ballesteros is finally getting his starring role in a film directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jun Robles Lana, and won Best Actor at the Tokyo International Film Festival. The film also won Audience Choice Award in the same film festival.

Trisha, a Filipino transgender woman, suddenly dies while being crowned in a beauty pageant. Her last wish was 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 – being a son, a sister, a mother, a friend, a lover, a wife, and ultimately, a queen.

Watch the latest trailer of Die Beautiful and count how many transformations Paolo Ballesteros did.

“Die Beautiful” is an official entry to the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival and will open in Philippine cinemas on December 25, 2016. From An IdeaFirst Company and OctoberTrain Films, distributed by Regal Entertainment, Inc.

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