Filipino movies

‘Sunday Beauty Queen,’ other Filipino films to premiere on Netflix in August

‘Sunday Beauty Queen,’ other Filipino films to premiere on Netflix in August

'SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN.' The film follows a group of overseas Filipino workers who prepare for a pageant like no other.

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Also heading to the platform are 'Bliss' and 'A Far Away Land'

Award-winning documentary Sunday Beauty Queen is set to premiere on Netflix on August 15.

The 2016 documentary directed by Babyruth Villarama follows the lives of overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong who cope with the challenges they face by preparing for an annual beauty pageant. 

The film won Best Picture at the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival, Best International Documentary at the 2017 London Labour Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the 2017 Gawad Urian Awards. It is also currently available on TBA Studios’ YouTube channel.

Also premiering on Netflix on August 15 is Bliss, the psychological thriller starring Iza Calzado and directed by Jerrold Tarog.

Bliss tells the story of a burned-out actress who gets into an accident on set. The incident leaves her bedridden and trapped at home under the care of her exhausted husband and a strange nurse named Lilibeth.

The film first premiered at the Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan in 2017, where Iza won the Yakushi Pearl Award (Best Performer).

Set to launch on Netflix on August 19 is A Far Away Land, a romance starring Paolo Contis and Yen Santos as the characters Mahjoy and Nico. The movie is set in the Faroe Islands in Denmark, and was shot there amid the pandemic, in November 2020. –