Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela, The

Raquela is a transsexual, or lady boy, 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 lady boy 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?

About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    October 10, 2008, Berlin Film Festival
  • Genre
  • Length
    80 min.
  • Language
    English, Icelandic, Tagalog
  • Original Title
    Hinn undursamlegi sannleikur um Raquelu drottningu
  • International Title
    Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela, The
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
  • IMDB
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Sound
  • Screening format and subtitles
    35mm film without sub. - Betacam SP with English sub. - HDCAM with English sub.

Company Credits


  • 2016
    DKF Jubilee Meagron 50th Year‘s Anniversary
  • 2014
    Göteborg International Film Festival
  • 2011
    Film Forum Zadar International Film Festival
  • 2009
    Moscow International Film Festival
  • 2008
    Cannes Film Festival - Market screennings
  • 2008
    Warsaw International Film Festival
  • 2008
  • 2008
    Raindance International Film Festival
  • 2008
    Novi Sad Film Festival
  • 2008
    Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival
  • 2008
    Hamburg International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • 2008
    Cinemanila International Film Festival
  • 2008
    Calgary International Film Festival
  • 2008
    Berlin International Film Festival - Award: Teddy Award for best picture.
  • 2008
    Stockholm International Film Festival
  • 2008
    The London Transgender Film Festival
  • 2008
    Thessanoliki International Film Festival
  • 2008
    Copenhagen Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • 2008
    QueerDoc Sydney Australia
  • 2008
    Melbourne International Film Festival
  • 2008
    IFF Artfilm Slovakia
  • 2008
    Karlovy Vary
  • 2008
    Cinemanila International Film Festival - Award: Grand Jury Prize.
  • 2008
    New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival - Award: Best Foreign Narrative Feature. Vanguard Award.


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