Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh


Director: Joel C. Lamangan

Screenplay by: Dinno “Dino” Erece

Adapted from the graphic novel Zsazsa Zaturnnah sa Kalakhang Maynila by Carlo Vergara

Cast: Zsa Zsa Padilla, BB Ganganghari (Rustom Cariño Padilla), Pops Fernandez

The Philippines | 2006 | 106 mins | In Tagalog with English subtitles | Rating M18

The screening will be followed by a post-show Q&A session with the writer Carlo Vergara.

Wonder Woman was all the rage at the movies this year! Now catch the Filipino musical version – in drag no less! ZsaZsa Zaturnnah is a superheroine flick unlike anything you have seen before.

Ada (aka Adrian) leaves Manila with his cousin Aruba after yet another heartbreak. After relocating his beauty parlour and life, Ada befriends an assembly of quirky personas (Didi the assistant, Dodong the secret lover, Dodong’s brother Poldo, romance archrival Krystal and uncanny couple Aling Britney and Mang Justin). After ingesting a meteorite, Ada is reborned as a superheroine, ZsaZsa Zaturnnah, with superstrength and otherworldly beauty.

In the pursuit of liberty, truth, justice and loads of excellent hair coloring, she fearlessly defends her home from a giant frog, rampaging zombies and the overbearing Amazonistas from Planet X led by man-hater Queen Femina.

“High art? No. High something? Most likely. Definitely worth the, um, trip.”

Metro Weekly, Washington DC

Watch the trailer for Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh here.


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Carlo Vergara is the creator of the Filipino LGBT superhero Zsazsa Zaturnnah, who debuted in her own graphic novel in 2002. The Zaturnnah story was adapted into a feature film and a stage musical in 2006, and Vergara is currently working on the sequel. His work on Zaturnnah has earned him two Philippine National Book Awards. A graphic designer and copywriter by profession, he has ventured into playwriting. His most successful one-act play to date is 2013's Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady (How I Became Leading Lady). A story about the maid of a superhero team, the play was adapted into a comic book that same year, and subsequently expanded into a full-length musical in 2015. A major motion picture is under development.

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