Ang Hupa

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Ang Hupa

The Halt

Lav Diaz
Philippinen, 2019
Features, 278min, OmeU

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Ang Hupa

Lav Diaz
Philippinen, 2019
Features, 278min, OmeU

Sat
02
Nov 19
11:00
Urania
Cast: 
Piolo Pascual
Hook Torollo
Joel Lamangan
President Navarra
Shaina Magdayao
Haminilda Rios
Hazel Orencio
Martha Officio
Mara Lopez
Marissa Ventura
Screenplay: 
Lav Diaz
Sound: 
Corinne De San Jose
Camera: 
Lav Diaz
Daniel Uy
Editor: 
Lav Diaz
Composer: 
Jemboy Aguilar
Decoration: 
Max Celada
Allen Alzola

Production: 
Sine Olivia Pilipinas
World Sales: 
Indie Sales
Format: 
DCP
Black/White

Lav Diaz has long been the cinematic poet and prophet of the Philippines, and his new feature THE HALT upholds this title. Set in 2034 in a vaguely futuristic world, it shows us a Manila that is also eerily, familiarly decrepit. And it presents one of the most scathing, sadistic, and psychotic portraits of a political leader in recent cinema in the figure of President Nirvano Navarro (on par with Sokurov’s portrait of Hirohito in THE SUN). THE HALT features a large cast and myriad parallel stories: a revolutionary fighter, Hook Torollo, forced into hiding; a traumatized sex worker called Hammy seeking solace; and two lesbian military soldiers and lovers, who slavishly fulfill the President’s repressive orders. As always in Diaz’s work, discussions on ideology and political exigencies abound, particularly with the hesitant Hook, who finally rejects direct political action to work serving the poor. This time, there is also considerable narrative thrust, as Hook joins a plot to assassinate Navarro. Like most of Diaz’s films of late, THE HALT is filmed in somber black-and-white and steeped in dark shadows that suggest a world devoid of pleasure and justice. (Ela Bittencourt)

In the presence of Lav Diaz and Hazel Orencio (producer).

Lav Diaz: NAKED UNDER THE MOON, (1999), JESUS, THE REVOLUTIONARY (2002), EVOLUTION OF A FILIPINO FAMILY (2004), HEREMIAS (2006), DEATH IN THE LAND OF ENCANTOS (2007), MELANCHOLIA (2008), PURGATORIO (2009), CENTURY OF BIRTHING (2011), FLORENTINA HUBALDO (2012), NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY (2013), FROM WHAT IS BEFORE (2014), LULLABY TO THE SORROWFUL MYSTERY (2016), THE WOMAN WHO LEFT (2016), SEASON OF THE DEVIL (2018), THE BOY WHO CHOSE THE EARTH (2018, Viennale trailer)