HELE SA HIWAGANG HAPIS

by Lav Diaz
A LULLABY TO THE SORROWFUL MISTERY

Informations

Nation: Philippines

Year: 2016

Length: 480'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Between 1896 and 1897, the Philippine revolution freed the Asian archipelago from centuries-old Spanish dominion. The vicissitudes of the protagonists who participated in the struggle – national heroes, and literary and mythological personalities – in a metalinguistic tale which is historical investigation, literature, epic and collective subconscious. [cg]

Director

Lav Diaz

Lav Diaz

Lav Diaz (Cotabato, Philippines, 1958) studied at the Mowelfund Film Institute in Quezon City and debuted in 1997 with The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion, making a name for himself as one of the most innovative directors of Filipino cinema. Lasting legitimation arrived with Batang West Side (2002), which received awards at Brussels and Singapore, and with Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004), presented at Rotterdam and Turin, as also the documentary Storm Children (2014). His latest films have been presented in Cannes (Norte - The End of History, 2013), Locarno (From What Is Before, 2014, Golden Leopard), Berlin (A Lullaby for the Sorrowful Mystery, 2016, Alfred Bauer Award) and Venice (The Woman Who Left, 2016, Golden Lion). 

Filmography:
Serafin Geronimo, kriminal ng baryo concepcion (The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion, 1998), Burger Boys (1999), Batang West Side (2002), Hesus rebolusyonaryo (Hesus the Revolutionary, 2002), Ebolusyon ng isang pamilayang Pilipino (Evolution of a Filipino Family, 2004), Heremias: Unang aklat - Ang alamat ng prinsesang bayawak (2005), Melancholia (2008), Florentina Hubaldo, CTE (2012), Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (Norte - The End of History, 2013), Mula sa kung ano ang noon (From What Is Before, 2014), Ang babayeng humayo (The Woman Who Left, 2016).

Cast and Credits

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura, montaggio/director, story, screenplay, film editing
Lav Diaz
fotografia/cinematography
Larry Manda
scenografia/production design
Popo Diaz
costumi/costume design
Jona Ballaran
musica/music
Ely Buendia, Danny Fabella
suono/sound
Erwil Romulo
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
John Llyod Cruz (Isagani), Piolo Pascual (Simoun), Hazel Orencio (Oryang), Alessandra De Rossi (Cesaria)
produttori/producers
Bianca Balbuena, Hazel Orencio
produzione/production
Ten17P, Epicmedia, Sine, Olivia Pilipinas
coproduttori/coproducers
Jeremy Chua, Fran Borgia
coproduzione/coproduction
Potokol, Akanga Film Asia


contatti/contacts
Films Boutique
Giorgia Hueisse
giorgia@filmsboutique.com
www.filmsboutique.com

Director statement

“It is said that it is perilous to argue about historical details. It is also said that it is more perilous to correct any distortions made on historical events. But that it is most perilous of all to turn one’s back to the truth behind these events. There is an endless discourse about the truth of Andres Bonifacio’s death, oftentimes bitter, vicious, ambiguous, tiring and resigned. Discussions often lead to bloody results. Fear reigns nowadays, an enduring cowardice. But to yearn for freedom is not an illusion. […] It is our obligation to free our motherland from those who do not own it because history remembers. I only hope that this rebellion could mean something for the country.”

Synopsis Learn more

Between 1896 and 1897, the Philippine revolution freed the Asian archipelago from centuries-old Spanish dominion. The vicissitudes of the protagonists who participated in the struggle – national heroes, and literary and mythological personalities – in a metalinguistic tale which is historical investigation, literature, epic and collective subconscious. [cg]

Director All about direction

Lav Diaz

Lav Diaz

Lav Diaz (Cotabato, Philippines, 1958) studied at the Mowelfund Film Institute in Quezon City and debuted in 1997 with The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion, making a name for himself as one of the most innovative directors of Filipino cinema. Lasting legitimation arrived with Batang West Side (2002), which received awards at Brussels and Singapore, and with Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004), presented at Rotterdam and Turin, as also the documentary Storm Children (2014). His latest films have been presented in Cannes (Norte - The End of History, 2013), Locarno (From What Is Before, 2014, Golden Leopard), Berlin (A Lullaby for the Sorrowful Mystery, 2016, Alfred Bauer Award) and Venice (The Woman Who Left, 2016, Golden Lion). 

Filmography:
Serafin Geronimo, kriminal ng baryo concepcion (The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion, 1998), Burger Boys (1999), Batang West Side (2002), Hesus rebolusyonaryo (Hesus the Revolutionary, 2002), Ebolusyon ng isang pamilayang Pilipino (Evolution of a Filipino Family, 2004), Heremias: Unang aklat - Ang alamat ng prinsesang bayawak (2005), Melancholia (2008), Florentina Hubaldo, CTE (2012), Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan (Norte - The End of History, 2013), Mula sa kung ano ang noon (From What Is Before, 2014), Ang babayeng humayo (The Woman Who Left, 2016).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura, montaggio/director, story, screenplay, film editing
Lav Diaz
fotografia/cinematography
Larry Manda
scenografia/production design
Popo Diaz
costumi/costume design
Jona Ballaran
musica/music
Ely Buendia, Danny Fabella
suono/sound
Erwil Romulo
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
John Llyod Cruz (Isagani), Piolo Pascual (Simoun), Hazel Orencio (Oryang), Alessandra De Rossi (Cesaria)
produttori/producers
Bianca Balbuena, Hazel Orencio
produzione/production
Ten17P, Epicmedia, Sine, Olivia Pilipinas
coproduttori/coproducers
Jeremy Chua, Fran Borgia
coproduzione/coproduction
Potokol, Akanga Film Asia


contatti/contacts
Films Boutique
Giorgia Hueisse
giorgia@filmsboutique.com
www.filmsboutique.com

Director statement Read more

“It is said that it is perilous to argue about historical details. It is also said that it is more perilous to correct any distortions made on historical events. But that it is most perilous of all to turn one’s back to the truth behind these events. There is an endless discourse about the truth of Andres Bonifacio’s death, oftentimes bitter, vicious, ambiguous, tiring and resigned. Discussions often lead to bloody results. Fear reigns nowadays, an enduring cowardice. But to yearn for freedom is not an illusion. […] It is our obligation to free our motherland from those who do not own it because history remembers. I only hope that this rebellion could mean something for the country.”