Iceland, 2008, 80 min
Direction: Olaf Fleur Johanneson
Cast: Raquela Rios, Stefan C. Schaefer, Olivia Galudo, Brax Villa, Valerie Grand Einarsson
Awards: Teddy, in the category of Best Feature Film, Berlinale, 2008.
Selection: Exit Point
The Amazing Truth about Queen Raquela made by Icelandic director Olaf Fleur Johanneson has won award Teddy, in the category of Best Feature Film in this year’s Berlinale. The visitors of Cinema City Festival are going to have a chance to see this unusual drama about a life of a transsexual, Raquela Rios.
Raquela lives in the Philippines thinking about a relationship with a heterosexual from the west. She spends her free time surfing the Internet searching for a suitable young man. However, in order to achieve her goal, she needs a lot of money. 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 to move to Paris. However, the question arises whether Michael and the move to Paris are the dream coming true...
The movie tells about the courage of transsexuals faced with their own existence, showing the public their life experiences in the conservative catholic community of the Philippines, expressed through social rejections, low social status, homosexuality, and the unacceptable dressing code, comparing it to the socially accepted one.
Olaf de la Fleur Johannesson was born in 1975 in a small village of Budardalur, Iceland. In 1995, he graduated physics in Reykjavik. Since then, he has participated in various film projects, including the work in both movies and documentaries. He founded an independent film company called Poppoli Pictures. Headed by Johannesson as a director and producer, the company team creates a movie called Blindsker which wins an award in the category of best documentary in Icelandic Film Festival, 2004. The same award was won for the movie called Africa United, 2005. Olef de Fleur was nominated in the category of Best Icelandic Filmmaker by DV magazine for culture, 2005 and 2006, as well as in the category of best director in Icelandic Film Festival, 2005. As the selector within a project called Talent Campus, he participated in Berlinale Festival during 2002 and 2003.