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Les chants terribles et envoûtants de «La Saison du diable», film monstre

PROJECTION PUBLIQUE par Jean-Michel Frodon

Grande œuvre troublante et sombre, le nouveau film de Lav Diaz évoque la terreur politique passée et présente dans son pays, les Philippines, et confirme l’importance majeure de cet auteur dans le cinéma contemporain.

Le 18e film de Lav Diaz est un monstre. Un monstre bouleversant de beauté et de violence. Un monstre né des amours improbables de la comédie musicale et du témoignage de la terreur politique, enfanté par un grand poète du fantastique. La Saison du diable fut la révélation du dernier Festival de Berlin.

Poète, conteur, cinéaste, Diaz a construit en vingt ans une œuvre considérable, de manière complètement indépendante, dans un environnement économique, politique et culturel terriblement hostile, œuvre à laquelle il ajoute ici une pièce majeure.

Dans la jungle des Philippines, un village est mis en coupe réglée par les militaires avec le soutien de politiciens véreux. Tout ce qui incarne indépendance…

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Melancholia (2008), Lav Diaz

Everything Matters

SADNESS AND MADNESS

The outrageous lengths of Lav Diaz’s films correspond less to the director’s vast, personal vision and more of instinct. Like Guy Maddin, half-way around the world, whose lo-fi silent film facsimiles are preferences made by the director to suit his own likings, so does Lav Diaz; it was as if both directors embedded this litany whenever they shoot their films: I’ll do it this way, because I want it this way!

But because of this, the Philippines’ greatest director at present is virtually unseen here in his home country which he films with so much passion and vigor. Only through underground screenings, illegal ones at that, are his films watched by a few of his unshakable followers. And when the lucky chance of a public screening does arise, the facts on Lav Diaz and his films: their length, Lav Diaz’s druggie, and tattooed appearance, overcome the decisions…

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HEREMIAS (2006, LAV DIAZ, A+++++)

Limitless Cinema in Broken English

 I saw A PLACE WITHOUT LIMITS (1978, Arturo Ripstein, A+) in late August. I like it very much. One of the things I like about it is the characters. All characters here are complex and seem to be in gray shade—no black and white characters. Many characters have both good and bad sides in them. A corrupt politician might be evil in a way, but he is still more tolerant towards homosexuality than some moral characters in this film.

A PLACE WITHOUT LIMITS might be called a feel-bad movie, but its feel-bad power is not as strong as HEREMIAS (2006, Lav Diaz, A++++++), which I just saw last night. HEREMIAS might be one of the films which make me feel the worst after seeing it. It seems to suck the power of life out of me. Somehow this film makes me feel as if the world is pure hell. I…

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Movie Review: ‘Ang Panahon ng Halimaw’ (2018)

CINEPHILIA. PH.

Review by Louie Baharom


Film: ‘Ang Panahon ng Halimaw’

Year Released: 2018

Director: Lav Diaz

Genre: Drama/History


A master of slow cinema, and one of the best Filipino filmmakers working today, Lav Diaz has always been that one auteur whose works leave a lasting mark on his viewers. Ang Panahon ng Halimaw, his latest picture, does pretty much the same, and sometimes even in ways that he hasn’t done before. Horrifyingly, its title signifies an evil presence lurking about in our reality today, and it further raises its relevance as a significant piece of modern Philippine cinema.

Visiting the “Then” in the “Now” 

Ang Panahon ng Halimaw knows for a fact that everything that happens in it cannot be erased in the history books. A voice opens up the film, and takes us to the Martial Law era, and we are left naked to face ghosts of the past…

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Dos Lleopards en un Teatre Grec

El blog del director

Un festival, el Grec Festival de Barcelona, obre per primer cop les portes al cinema amb la col·laboració de la Filmoteca. Es busca cineasta asiàtic relacionat amb el context geogràfic i cultural de l’edició d’enguany. Opcions múltiples. Una pista: Francesc Casadesús, director del certamen, ha assistit al rodatge a Singapur del darrer film de Lav Diaz. El cineasta filipí accepta la invitació després d’aclarir-li que la cita no és per a l’any vinent. Es procedeix a la localització d’alguns dels seus films, realitzats a partir del 1990. Les durades oscil·len entre les quatre i les onze hores. Marca de la casa. Cap problema, la programació és flexible i se’n podran veure cinc dels més representatius, premiats a diversos festivals del món.

Foto Lav Diaz 2Una coincidència. El 2014, Lav Diaz va guanyar el Lleopard d’Or de Locarno amb From What Is Before. Un any abans, havia estat el president del jurat del…

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