About the film

We go back to April 1996 in Madrid. One of the most popular late night shows takes to the streets for a segment about prostitution and suddenly she comes into the picture; long brown hair, bright red lips, full breasts, and a sharp chat.

Almost overnight, Cristina ‘La Veneno’ Ortiz (1964-2016) became a media sensation and emerged as one of the most visible trans people in the Spanish entertainment industry. Almost 25 years after her television debut, the biographical series Veneno appears, which breathes new life into the legacy of the trans icon and sex symbol. “La Veneno” tells the story of a struggling transgender woman, who rose to fame in the 1990s and captured the public with her charms and unique view of the world. Veneno is a theatrical version of the series, the first three combined episodes that are edited smoothly work as a stand-alone film. Please note that this film is subtitled in Dutch! 

In collaboration with Cinemien

“Hilarious and heartbreaking, with unapologetically explicit (...) deeply touching celebration of chosen family, a sisterhood of trans experience. ”


Festivals & Awards Winner: Winner of Audience Award – Best Spanish Series at Fotogramas de Plata 2021 · Nominee of Best LGBTQ TV Show at Dorian TV Awards 2021

Stills from the movie


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